A Facebook friend really and truly posted this and encouraged people to pass it along.
He apparently thinks it’s reasonable and profound. In fact, the message is obnoxious and unethical.
- It’s a lie. It doesn’t speak for employees of those stores. It certainly doesn’t speak for all of them, as it claims. I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t even written by an employee of any of those stores.
- So someone is posting messages on behalf of people who didn’t consent to it, and sending offensive messages to their employers’ customers. Nice. And my Facebook friend, who once had a functioning mind, thinks this is praise-worthy.
- If I received one of these from the management of a store I patronized, that store would never get my business again. If I was the management of one of these stores and learned that one or more of my employees were involved in circulating such a message, I would terminate those employees for cause.
- This is what happens when the chic thing to do is to call anyone doing their jobs “heroes.” I appreciate workers in grocery stores and other businesses, but then I always do. For example, I talk to them, thank them, and don’t do business with them while talking on my cell phone. I tip them frequently and generously, like I did the guy who was spraying disinfectant on grocery cart handles yesterday. I do not and will not appreciate any employees behaving like I am beholden to them because I bring business to their stores that allows those stores to keep them employed.
- They are getting paid. Lots of people aren’t. Shut up and stop griping. If you don’t want to do your jobs, quit. Plenty of people would love to have them.
- Nobody goes to any of those stores for the fun of it, and people have a right to look around while they are there to see if they need anything else. “Browsing” in a store is called “shopping,” and no sensible person wants to go out to buy stuff these days any more often than they have to. Who hangs out in a Walmart because they don’t have anything else to do?
- But if some desperately lonely individual, obeying the rules, does visit a big box store just to feel people around them and stave off depression, back off.
- Stop asking others to be assholes on your behalf, whoever you are.
- As for the Facebook zombies who happily paste and post anything a Facebook friend tells them to, thus engaging in the cyber version of a chain letter, this is part of the process of allowing social media to make you progressively more stupid and compliant. I constantly see exhortations from “friends” to paste X into a post as a protest, or to prove I read their feed, or to show I like them, or to promote their pet cause. Stop it. If you post something I think is worth circulating, I’ll make that decision on my own, thanks. And if you unilaterally post your billboard on my Facebook page, the odds are high that the billboard is coming down.