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By: Wayne Brown
I stopped in for my morning coffee and a cup of yogurt at the corner 7-Eleven today. Those of you who read my writings regularly know that this is one of my morning rituals. I grabbed a large cup of coffee in a “Vote for Romney” cup (damn right!) and headed for the cooler to get my yogurt. As I am prone to do, I had yet another epiphany while there in the 7-Eleven and was suddenly overcome with the urge to present my idea to the store manager who stood close by taking the morning inventory on her hand-held device.
Of course the lady recognizes me immediately as that “famous writer who lives here in town” and gives me a smile and a “hello” which left me thinking “please no autographs today!” I smiled back and returned the greeting then quickly launched into presenting my idea. They say the best laid plans of mice and men oft go asunder. In this this case, that was an understatement….they sank like the damn Titanic! Here I was presenting this great idea and with the simple wave of her hand, the lady just blew it off. At that moment, I knew she had probably voted a straight democrat ticket in the recent election. How sad things are going to be for her when she is living in the gulag.
My suggestion was a simple one which even the simplest of minds could comprehend and implement. I reminded the manager that November was the month in which we annually celebrate our veteran and active duty military personnel. It is our way as a public of thanking them for their service to this nation. Most business get on board with it in some way seeing the downstream benefits that could come from recognizing those who have served in some small way. For example, the restaurant chain, Applebee’s, is feeding all veteran and active duty personnel for free on Veteran’s Day this year. That is certainly a very nice thing to do. At the same time, Applebee’s will benefit on that day because the person getting the free meal will probably bring someone else with them like their spouse or girlfriend thus they will also make a sale. In turn, the military personnel will develop a special fondness for Applebee’s returning again and again to show their gratitude for the recognition. One palm greases the other so to speak. Besides, we have to remember that whoever built the Applebee’s chain didn’t really build that….it is a fact because Obama said it was.
Anyway, I told that 7-Eleven manager that it would be a really good thing if on Veteran’s Day this year that everything in 7-Eleven’s inventory was free to veteran and active duty military. Without much thought, she told me that they just could not do that…it would cost way too much money. She was obviously not getting the point that I was making and I told her so. I explained that it was within the power of our federal government to make things free to people simply by declaring it so. Why was that not within the power of the management of 7-Eleven? If something is declared free then how can it cost anyone anything? It’s free for God’s sake!
Well, suffice to say that she just did not get it and refused to discuss it further. She ended it all by stating that they would soon be out of business if they simply gave their inventory away. Well, I never! How can one be so thick skulled about the concept of free stuff? After all, it is not forever…it’s just for one little ol’ day! Obviously this lady has no appreciation of the dedication of our armed forces. Lord knows the government gives away things for free and it is still in business. Where in the wide world of sports is this woman’s rational thinking?
Now that I have sat down and written this, I am getting real mad about it all. I might have to seek some vengeance to balance the scales. Maybe I’ll hit ‘em where it hurts and lay off the large coffee for a month or more…that should gnaw a hole in their profit margins and remind them that they need to be more appreciative of those who have served. I am also thinking of writing to my Congress person to express my deep disappointment on how my idea was so quickly rejected as having no merit. Maybe I need to drop by 7-Eleven headquarters and make my spiel to the CEO…maybe that would crank the nut. I am in a quandary here. I suppose everyone is not like the folks at Applebee’s.
Maybe that is the problem with the private sector here in this country now that I give it some thought. Maybe there needs to be more free stuff. Heck, if you work there, you ought to get free stuff every day, don’t you think. Besides, how much could it cost…they make so many of those items on a daily basis. Why not share them with the employees? No doubt, companies have it all wrong. Rather than focus on profits and giving a return to their stockholders, maybe these companies need to look at seeing what they can do in terms of free stuff. We all like free stuff so why not have more of it? It just makes sense. Maybe if there was more free stuff, we’d all get along better…there would be more harmony. On second thought, the government hands out free stuff right and left with no visible impact…maybe that is an empty theory.
Still, I keep returning to the concept that many politicians have worked hard to implement…the concept of free stuff. Think what it would cost us if the government refused to make things free….an arm and a leg. Just look at the benefits as well. When word gets out that there are free things in America, folks flock here both legally and illegally to get some of that free stuff. That means we have more people living here who could be paying taxes so that we could all have more free stuff. Now we are back to that concept of one hand greasing the other. It is such a pity that the 7-Eleven manager cannot just open up her thinking just a wee bit and let the light of intelligent thinking shine.
I am thinking that it might be a good idea if the federal government just took over 7-Eleven and gave us free stuff every day. A lot more folks would go into the stores which would increase store traffic and inventory would turn over a lot faster so the fresh milk and loaf bread would not spoil. The manager would not have to worry about theft or profit margin because the stuff would be free…because the government said it was free. That makes it free…right? How could anyone get hurt in a deal like that? What a great use of taxpayer dollars!
Now that I think about it, I am starting to get really miffed with 7-Eleven selling things like they do trying ever so vigilantly to make a profit. I live on a fixed-income meaning that there are limits to my funds. Paying for that large cup of coffee every morning is a drag on my ability to succeed over the course of my lifetime. In fact, I believe that it could be a form of discrimination in that I have to pay the same amount for that large cup of coffee that the average rich guy pays for it as well. That is unfair because he can afford to pay more therefore he should. Now President Obama’s desire to tax the rich is beginning to make sense. It all comes down to a large cup of 7-Eleven coffee….same coffee, same amount in the cup but the rich guy benefits more from buying it than I do because he pays the same as I do and I am of less means than he thus he is actually stealing from me what is rightfully mine in the first place. That’s it….no soup for you!
I find it amazing what there is to be learned on a simple morning stop to the local 7-Eleven. Some would look on it as just the simple purchase of a cup of coffee and a cup of yogurt. But, for me, it is an intellectual awakening to the nth power. Now, I fully comprehend how badly I have misunderstood what the right thing to do should be. I fully realize that all this time the rich guy has been getting a great deal on his coffee while I have been charged the extra premium which I obviously cannot afford. Besides, I am a veteran and I am entitled…at least I think so because I like free stuff that no one has to pay for because the government says that it is free to me because I am entitled. Now, that may not make sense to you on the surface. If you are struggling with it in any way, I suggest that you stop by 7-Eleven and get a cup of Joe and simply ask the manager if he or she has any “free stuff” for those who really should get free stuff. In the meantime, I will be over at Applebee’s eating my free lunch that no one has to pay for because it is free!
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9 November 2012