My blogging goes in spurts. I seem to get on a “theme” and roll with that for a few posts. Well, regular readers of LSS Academy have likely sensed I have been on a “take action/5S” rant as of late. Well, tonight it’s time to share the story that inspired these recent articles.
Houston, we have a problem
Last weekend my wife and I went to Houston to attend a conference. Since we left our kiddos with Manna and Papa we were able to have two very nice (and quiet) dinners.
After dinner my wife wanted to go to Old Navy since she had a gift certificate burning a hole in her purse. So off we went.
I have been in many Old Navy stores in my time. I like Old Navy. We buy lots of stuff from Old Navy. Generally speaking, Old Navy is a fine establishment.
Old Navy from Hell
After a few minutes in the store I looked at my wife and she looked back at me. We just started to laugh. It was unbelievable.
I wondered if perhaps we had just walked into a bad area of the store so I decided to take a little tour. It didn’t take long to notice the issue was, um, systemic. I took a few more pictures but could have spent half the night snapping photos.
Then I got ticked
As I already mentioned, my wife and I started to laugh when we first walked in. Then, the longer I walked around the madder I got. I saw all the “workers” just standing around. In fact, they were having a good old time talking, laughing, and even moving to the groove of the funky beat pulsing through the store.
I finally spotted the store manager. A kid probably in his early 20’s. He was a cocky looking kid and I came inches away from lighting him up like the fourth of July. But I didn’t. Probably should have (in a respectful manner). But I was too mad by that point and didn’t want to make a scene.
I do plan to write to Old Navy (and may not need to after this post) since generally speaking, as I stated before, Old Navy is a really nice store. As such, I think they deserve to know when one of their stores misrepresents what Old Navy is about.
As I stated a few nights ago, this so called broken window theory is real. I don’t care what the skeptics say. All you have to do to “believe” is walk into this Old Navy store. There were so many “broken windows” about no one cared. People just threw clothes everywhere.
Heck, I even fell into the trap! I was walking by a rack of clothes and had to do a couple of side steps to miss some pink panties laying on the ground. When I did this my arm knocked a shirt off the rack. I paused, looked at it lay on the ground, and kept going. Then I felt guilty and went back and picked it up. And, no, I didn’t pick up the pink panties. Only the good Lord knows where they had been!
Live like animals, behave like animals
I firmly believe that your surroundings impact your behavior. If you take a wild lion out of the jungle and throw him into a cage, you will likely destroy his spirit.
Likewise, if an establishment – Old Navy, your house, your office, your plant, etc. – resembles the living quarters of a pig… you are very likely to start acting like one.
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