A representative from 7-11, a manager on some level, called me Sunday. First he offered his thanks for my service to my country - I never saw combat, but I was prepared to - that can be considered serving. I don’t hear Thank You for that very much... I told him You’re Welcome. He then went on, I’m sure following company guidelines for such situations - reading from a script, but he did sound sincere.
He had a lot to say about how my experience in no way reflects the image of... I, jumping in, saying how I accept his apology and no hard feelings, thank you for calling. Tired of being on phone. Wanting to hang up. That wasn’t just him - I feel that way all the time.
Then he said that he would like me to come down to the store to accept a gift certificate (for some amount, I didn’t catch it) as a token of their regret. I, having to jump in again ( I believe they have certain points that they must cover to resolve each case, I’m not sure, but he was a talker) say No thank you I told him, give that to the homeless shelter, they need it more that I do. Like I said he was going on and on - I just wanted off, I told him again - Thank you and I accept your apology - give the money to the homeless - God Bless you (he had said that to me on a message he left - I thought it polite thing to do) said Good Bye, and I hung up.
He sounded sincere and worried or prepared for me to be angry. I didn’t have the heart to tell him another reason that I didn’t wan’t that gift certificate was that I had made a promise - right here in this blog that I would never set foot in a 7-11 again . I had made a vow. One of the easiest to keep vows I’ll ever make. For there is no reason for me to go into that store. they have nothing I need. Although they are mainly a store full of High Fructose, Trans Fat, white flower Junk food, cigarettes beer and cheap wine, they do offer some healthy options I might want, but I don’t need them. I can wait until a more local and reasonably priced option is open. They are a convenience store and I don’t need the convenience,
And If for some reason I do - There is Mr Lee’s store two blocks from my house. The people that let me sit down and wait until I could get a ride hone. My LOCAL store. The have a better selection of quality beers and wine also. This is the last you will hear from me on this subject. I am completely satisfied with 7-11 handling of it and hold no grudge. I will, however, never set foot in a 7-11 again, This is for many reasons the last just being the camels back breaker. -- Unless it is late at night , and I’m on the road, need gas or some other item and a 7-11 is the only thing around open. If 7-11 ever saves my butt like that - I will then, and only then, stop my vow and start shopping there again.
There is a bit of coincidence involved that I have yet to share with anyone but 7-11. My father worked for the Southland Corp, who at that time owned 7-11, I’m not sure if they still do or not, He worked there for around 5 years until he had to retire - he always spoke highly of them and said they were a great company to work for - this incident happened on the 30 anniversary of his death - Feb 20 1984. Although, I feel he would of approved of their handling of the situation.
I have learned a lot from this - there are lessons I have been taught. I might even need to share them with you someday. But only if I need to and not just because it’s convenient .
just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\