You want people in your shop
so that you can take their money,
and make a profit …
but you are not willing to treat them
with the common decency of NOT presuming
that they are thieves.
At the time of this writing,
I have managed to approach 60 years in this world
without stealing a single thing in my life.
which means that it is impossible for me
– as an honest and honourable man –
to even imagine the type of self-centred presumption
and contempt for human beings
as so evidently exists in shop-owners
and store managers who display,
at the entrance to their establishments,
signs demanding that potential customers
“leave all bags at the front”.
I understand that the generality
of the human race has deteriorated
in morals and basic manners to such a degree
over the past thirty years,
cannot communicate without filthy profanity
or to ‘go out of their way’ to exercise
basic, common courtesy –
for pity’s sake, modern men
do not even have the decency
to remove their hats when seated at a table
for a meal.
Human beings may have collectively descended
to below the level of animals, BUT that – ( surely ? )
does not give you license
to abandon discernment
and the application of discretion,
and presume that a particular Customer
who enters your shop
is a thief …
deserving of having their character
degraded by you ?
Of course, you do not remove the (often large)
‘handbags’ of women.
Or bar THEM from entering your premises —
You wouldn’t dare.
A woman carrying a bag … is a Customer.
A man carrying a bag … is a Thief.
In a ‘New World’ of Mindless Compliance,
I realise that multitudes will see nothing wrong at all
in being presumed a thief,
and therefore, are quite happy to leave
their personal possessions
at the front of your shop …
But there are a few of us – “old folks” –
still walking this earth,
who have lived lives of courtesy
and consideration towards other people;
who were raised with moral integrity
and “old fashioned”, (dare-I-say?) ‘biblical’ values
of conduct and self control.
Honourable people have not YET been bred out
of the human race: a few still exist.
They might even walk through the door
of an establishment such as yours.
I have observed – since the mid-1980’s in particular,
the eradication of manners and moral decency;
while selfishness, vanity, crude speech and behaviour
rose to levels that are now nothing less than obscene.
It may well be that I am the only person
walking this earth who will NOT sell his character
for the sake of buying and acquiring some … thing.
There is nothing in your shop
that is important enough
for me to submit to you
degrading my moral character.
I would not give my bag to a thug
with a gun.
Nor am I going to hand it to a thug
with a cash register.
The atrocity, I suppose, is not so much
having the callous contempt of a bully:
but in being so bereft of a conscience
as to feel no shame because of it.
This is an age when corporate supermarkets
hire less staff and demand that customers
scan and pack their own groceries
… in bags that they have to provide themselves.
All to … ‘Save the Earth’ … of course.
But such brazen disregard for customer service
need not be a hallmark of your shop, surely ?
By all means, “reserve the right” to inspect
the bags of someone whom you have
just cause to believe has stolen merchandise,
without a sign declaring the wholesale degradation
of every adult that walks into your shop.
When they still existed, mature adults
would Think … with Discernment
and a Moral Conscience.
How would it be then, shop-keeper,
if you began to display appreciation
for those who seek to spend their money
in your shop …
Rather than arrogantly, arbitrarily presume
that someone who walks through your door
is a thief ?