Goodness, I don't like this week! C and I are taking off on a day-trip tomorrow and just in time. I still have this ratty cold but oh my, the customers have been misbehaving this week.
Early this week, gosh, the prettiest lady game in - long thick brunette hair, dressed in skinny jeans (and actually was skinny), cool leather boots, a trendy peasant top and probably a $300 leather tote. Unfortunately, she opened her mouth and despite her efforts and expense regarding her appearance, I discovered she was a pretty ugly person.
Today, one of my oldest customers that I just adore came in for a couple goodies and while we were chatting she had to offer up..."I don't have a problem with gay people but..." Spoiler alert, she does have a problem with gay people. But the awkward part really was that she was talking to one. Maybe I should of made it a teachable moment but I knew it would most likely end a relationship that has supported my business for a number of years. I think I'll probably just donate her sale to the Trevor project and hope she comes to terms with something she finds uncomfortable (even tho she apparently can't identify it).
I guess the difficulty is when you open a store - 2 versions will exist:
the store you want and the store that you actually have. You'll spend all
your days trying to marry the two but because we deal with an outside force - customers
- that you'll need to please. Your ideal may never be truly
actualized. Right now I think I'm having a little trouble letting go of the store that exists in my head rather than the one I exist in day to day.
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