Do I Really Want Those Customers?

I generally stay out of politics on my business blog and social media. First of all, my subject matter isn’t political. I’m sure someone could politicize it, but I don’t have the time or skill to do so, even if I wanted to.

And I’ve always kept quiet out of fear of offending someone on social media. I’ve seen social media used as a weapon against people. I had a principal who monitored social media and reprimanded staff for personal posts and opinions made on personal social media accounts. So I get it. Is it fair? No. But that is the world we live in. I live in a right-to-work state and know that I can be fired at any moment with no reason given. So I keep my mouth shut in public.

But I read something the other night that keeps spinning around my brain:

“If you are afraid of offending your customers with standing up for what you believe in, do you really want those people as customers to begin with?”

You could substitute friend or boss in for customer. I’d suggest also putting in coworker or relative, but we generally don’t have choice in those matters.

This can swing to the other side, though. What about all the people who refuse service in businesses because the customer is gay/Asian/Muslim/female/[insert your prejudice of choice here]. They claim they can refuse service to anyone.

It’s kind of like living in a right-to-work state. Keep your head down, hope no one notices you don’t quite fit in.

And so I am left wondering, what is this world coming to?


Get Out of the Sandbox

If you don’t like the rules, get out of the sandbox.

It really irritates me when someone shouts about how their right to free speech is being curtailed because someone refuses to publish it.

Just for the record, here is Amendment 1:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I’ve highlighted the part that most people miss.

As a private person, telling someone they can’t be obnoxious/bigoted/rude/disrespectful in my home/website is NOT covered by the first amendment.

But here’s the thing, and as a long-time blogger, I’ve run across this on my own personal blogs. You have the right to say what you want. You do NOT have the right to publish it on my platform.

My sandbox, my rules.

And certain people really should understand that.


Stupid COVID Stuff

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I just can’t resist. Here are some things I have seen/heard over the past few weeks.

The Vice President at Mayo Clinic

“And since I don’t have the coronavirus, I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers, these incredible health care personnel, and look them in the eye and say ‘thank you.’ ”

He used the “I don’t have coronavirus” as the excuse for flouting the mask rule. So if he didn’t wear the mask, and wanted to look them in the eye…has anyone told our VP that masks don’t cover eyes?

Dr. Phil

“… 360,000 a year (die) from swimming pools, but we don’t shut the country down for that.”

True, but you can’t contract a swimming pool by being in the same space as a person who has a swimming pool.

WI Protester Woman

“I want a haircut.”

70,000 people have died, and you care about how you look? So is your haircut worth a life? Probably not.

“My body my choice”

So it’s OK to use this phrase when we’re talking about wearing masks, but not about birth control, abortion or other things? That makes me want to rip someone a new one.

But I will say that if you consistently make a poor choice and don’t follow best practices with regard to the safety of your fellow citizens, then we should have a choice not to pay for your medical care.

The Family At The Grocery Store

Mom and dad, masked. Three children under the age of 6, not masked. And putting fingers in mouths, etc, all the stuff kids do.

Overheard from that mom: “They’re OK. Kids don’t die of it.”

Sure, I get the struggle to put and keep a mask on a child. But why did the whole family have to the grocery store? Why not just one of the adults? It’s worth risking your kids and then transmission to others because you don’t think kids die of it? (Newsflash: they do.)

We have an obligation to do what is right for society as a whole. In this case, the needs of the many outweigh the protests of the few. And there is only hope that Darwin was right.

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Introversion and COVID-19

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I am not hating this sequestration over COVID-19. I’m enjoying being at home. I’m enjoying not having to be around groups of people and drag myself home at the end of the day, drained. I’m enjoying having time to be in my garden, because there are no other demands on my time. I’m enjoying having time to sit on my porch. I’m enjoying not being pinged all the time.

But I’m an introvert, so perhaps this isn’t so surprising.

The extroverts I know are going crazy. I know this because they’re texting and calling me.

I’ve had to get out of the house. But for the most part, a long walk at lunch with my daughter is enough. A trip to the grocery store, where they load groceries into the back of my car is good enough.

But I’m getting more done at work. I’m able to find time to think about the big projects at work. I’ve been able to get more focused work done on my own projects. And I’ve done something I used to rarely do: I spend time watching television with my daughter and knitting.

I’ve been thinking a bit about what the post-COVID life will look like. And I’m not sure I want it back the way it was.

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