Bigotry in Retail July 09, 2016 07:00
In lieu of this weeks events, I am sadly reflecting on our society. Everything seems to be getting worse. No solutions seem to be on the horizon.
I started questioning myself as a person and as a small business owner. Am I a bigot? I don’t think so. I honestly think most of us would answer the question this way. Not me! No way!
I am heartbroken. All of America is heartbroken. As a small retail business owner, I have always been fair to all that have walked through my doors. Years ago, I owned a women’s clothing store in a small town in California. I had a regular customer that had OCD so bad she would lay my clothes on the carpeted floor before making a decision to buy something. If no one else was in my store, I would let her do this.
Customers coming into my store that are from all walks of life. I am on the edge of a very Tony neighborhood and a very poor neighborhood. I have extremely affluent women coming in, as well as maids that care for their households. I have Judges, Doctors, CEO's, Writers, Artists, Care Givers, Mothers, daughters....All races, all level of income. I discount prices so everyone can buy something. I believe everyone should enjoy my space, enjoy the magic I offer them.
Bigotry comes in all shapes and sizes. Color, sex, financial demographics, and mental stability. Sometimes it takes patience and strength not to prejudge and allow the customer, the human being to shine thru. Bigotry is judging someone for being different than you. I have to be honest. I have caught myself on more than one occasion. I have prejudged and was so wrong.