On a late afternoon errand run, I stopped into a local hardware store for a bag of potting soil.
I asked the woman at the counter if they had any left. She stared back at me as if I had asked her for a date (she was at least 25+ years younger), responding “Anything we have is on aisle 5″.
A few minutes later, I’m approaching the register.
As I take my place at the back of the line (now 2 people long), a car pulls into the parking lot as the guy in front of me asks about another possibly out-of-stock item. After answering him, she sighs and comments about another customer coming in 10 minutes before closing time.
Another employee approaches the front of the store and while ringing me up, she suggests to her peer, “Can you flip the signs to closed so they’ll stop coming in?”
Then she says “I know that sounds awful, but I have another job to go to.”
Yes, it does sound awful.
While I will think twice before burdening your employer with my business again, I do appreciate your moxie at doing whatever it takes to make ends meet.
Sometimes that voice in your head should stay there.