I went to Lowes to purchase screening material. You know the type that goes into a screen door, but in my case it was not for a door. Rather it was for an eve vent to prevent bees from building nests in my attic.
I pride myself on being a fairly decent do-it-yourselfer. I’ve been at this for a good number of years and have developed my skills rather well. What I find extremely interesting is all the guys wandering around the store like lost children. It is pretty obvious they haven’t a clue about what they need for the job and don’t know where to look for what they need.
I call these guys the Honey-Doers. Honey-Do this and Honey-Do that. It’s a Saturday morning and they’ve been given the Honey Do list for the day or worse for the vacation week. So they wander around trying to figure out exactly why they are here and what they need to get this latest project completed, salvaging a bit of time for the vacation.
But alas they know better than to expect any real time off. After all, why own a house if you’re not going to spend your vacations working on it, right?
One man needed to fix his garage door. For some reason, it was no longer working with the automatic door opener. The poor guy had no clue! The store clerk was asking all the right questions. “Did you check the opener for electric?” “Does the door make any movement at all?” “Does the door open manually or is it stuck?” The guy had no answers. He didn’t know how to check for power. Didn’t know if the door had any motion. Never checked the batteries in the remote either. I felt more for the store clerk than for the customer. But to the clerk’s credit, he was patient and gave his customer a list of things he could do to narrow down the problem.
At that point I remembered I needed a light bulb for my microwave. It is an odd looking bulb, so there I was walking up and down the lighting aisle looking for this one of a kind bulb. A store clerk approached me asking if I needed any help. I told him what I was looking for and he immediately walked to a group of drawers looking for my special bulb. There was a box for this very bulb, but it was empty. He was so upset, more so than I was. “They always do this to us. This box has been empty for a couple of weeks. The computer probably thinks we have two or three in stock so it doesn’t place the order.” I asked if they still do any manual inventories. “Yeah, we do and any empty box should have been noted, but obviously someone isn’t doing their job.”
He assured me that he would get the order placed and the bulb would be available in a week or less. He apologized and turned to help another lost and searching customer.
As I made my way to the check out area, I could feel the angst and frustration of those who were still trying to figure out how they would get the job done and if there would be time for 9 holes. They really knew better, but a dream …
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