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Lulworth Cove © Chris Kotsiopolous

I wrote this in 2015. If anything, it’s gotten worse out there.

The customer is not always right. Sometimes, the customer is an asshole.

1) Christmas is on the same day every year. It is not the fault of the stores, the store managers, and/or the employees of those stores that items are out of stock three days before Christmas. It is your fault that you waited until 36 hours before dawn on Christmas Day to shop.

Let me say that again. It is your fault; yours, and yours alone.

2) Screaming at young people who make 19 cents above minimum wage over your lack of foresight, planning, and time management skills will not magically make this season’s hottest toys re-appear in the stock room. …



DStan58 is a teacher, a writer, a dad, a voice-over actor and poet. He's a melanoma survivor and a pulmonary embolism survivor. He's bringing sonnets back,

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