(First, sorry I wasn’t around yesterday at all. Hubs and I went to Bath, which was fantastic. Of course we didn’t have the camera with us, although he took some photos with his phone, which if I can get them on my computer I’ll post a few tomorrow.)
Inspired by Paca’s post about the evils of Verizon, I thought today might be a good day to post a chappy story. A story about why, given the choice, I will always, always shop at Office Depot (even though they treat their employees rather shittily, which I know because for a short time I worked there.)
About three and a half years ago now, I took the Princess to Office Depot. Or rather, I called Princess’s Godfather and asked him to take the both of us to Office Depot, because I needed to buy an office-y gift for one of Princess’s teachers.
I was basically looking at briefcases while Godfather kept an eye on Princess. At one point, he needed to get something out of his car and offered to take Princess with him. I said fine.
He wasn’t gone two minutes before a breathless Office Depot employee came up to me to ask if I’d had a little girl with me, and had I given permission for someone to take her out of the store? I said yes, explained who Godfather was, and thanked the girl for her concern.
A few minutes after that, Godfather and Princess came back in. Godfather had been held by store security, who refused to let him get into his car or even into the parking lot until they’d determined that I knew Godfather, and had allowed him to take my daughter out of the store.
I found the manager to thank him, and learned that it’s now part of training for Office Depot employees to note when children come into the store and who they come in with, and to keep an eye on them in the store. It’s store policy.
Maybe a lot of stores do this, I don’t know. And maybe Office Depot only started doing it to cover their own asses. I don’t really care. It’s enough for me that they do it, frankly, because I thought that was great. And I wrote a letter to their corporate office and told them so, too.
And that’s why given a choice, I will always shop there.