It is a VERY nasty day here today. Chilly, raining buckets, windy . . . not a nice day, not at all. And yours truly had to be out in it to finish up the grocery shopping.
So as you can probably tell, I wasn't very happy to begin with.
When I was finished at Walmart, I decided to go down the road to the Mall and check on a new raincoat.
*Side note: Yes, I know, should have thought about that BEFORE the rainy day, right? Well, I do have a long trench-style raincoat that I use for work, but it doesn't have a hood, which I am wanting. Okay?*
*One more side note: I do have a rain jacket, with a hood. I was wearing it today. Okay?*
ANYWAY - - I head to the Mall and duck inside one of the major Department anchor stores to see what I can find. I'm looking through the coat section, and I see LOTS of rain JACKETS, but no rain COATS. I find someone and ask about them, and am told that the rain JACKETS is all they have. Okay, I can live with that, but it's the next sentence that comes out of her mouth that really frosts me:
"You probably need to look online. You will find a lot more stuff online."
Okay, here's my thoughts, which I did not say out loud to the poor girl, but was thinking it pretty loud . . . "Why am I out in this nasty-ass weather? I'm cold, wet, and cranky. But, I'm trying to support a LOCAL BUSINESS, when my happy ass could be at home, warm and dry, while I surf the Web."
Okay. I hear a lot of things in the news about businesses really hurting for customers; there are many, many stores, including the major chains, that are closing stores left and right. They whine and complain and carry on about how online shopping is ruining them. I see advertisements all the time encouragine consumers to support their local businesses first.
But then, when a customer does make the effort to shop there and support them, this is what happens?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE???
As far as I'm concerned, it's their own damn fault.