I know it's hard to be in retail.
Especially in big cities.
In big box stores.
But really. Are all customers thieves? Or potential thieves?
I went into a pharmacy in San Francisco the other day looking for a simple tube of toothpaste.
Never mind the fact that a pharmacy is no longer a pharmacy. Now it's a grocery store. With more food items than health items.
I finally found the aisle with toothpaste.
And after a while I even found the toothpaste.
But it was locked behind a plastic box. To make sure I couldn't get any.
So I went looking again. This time for someone to help me.
I found a young woman stocking shelves. But she didn't have a key to the locked plastic box.
She called a young man who did. We walked back to the locked away toothpaste and he opened the box for me.
"People still this stuff?" I asked.
He made a gesture with his arm as if to sweep the whole container into his coat.
"They steal the whole box of it?" I asked.
"Do I look like a thief?" I asked.
He shook his head.
"Funny," I said. "Because your locked up toothpaste makes me feel like you think I'm a thief."
I took the toothpaste to pay for it.
There was a sign on the side of it warning anyone who tried to buy it on the street that it had probably been stolen.
I won't be shopping at that pharmacy again.
Apparently it's only there for thieves.
And I hate rubbing shoulders with thieves.
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