A trip to Walmart will give you a host of experiences that you never see coming. There are whole websites devoted to people being at the store wearing or doing things that people would not normally do in public. So when I go to Walmart dressed like you do when heading out in public, I normally think that everything will be alright…
Here is the story:
Tyler and I needed a fire starters to get our fireplace going. I am in the isle looking at the fire starters. My wife normally makes them, this was a fluke that I was even needing to buy anything. Looking at a package and the price of that item. I knew something was wrong… I was holding a large box that I could see had more boxes in it….
I knew that something was misplaced I started opening the box… That is when the box became an issue…. I begin to hear someone yelling from the other side of the store “Sir, You can’t open the package, SIR!”…. This person then came walking towards me and when they arrived I tried to explain what I was doing and why I thought this was not displayed properly. But they would not have it….
They insisted that the employees at Walmart do things on purpose and that this box was not to be opened. Then they said something that scared me the most…. I asked, “Could we find out if you are right, could you price check this item”…. The answer I was given was a strong NO…. “I will not price check that for you” They were unwilling to help make the situation right and find out the truth.
I took the big box to another employee and had my suspicions confirmed… The box was not on the shelf as it should be…. All 20 boxes inside the box were $2.93 each and I was not getting the whole box for that price….
Couple things to notice here….
1. Just because someone yells at you doesn’t make them right.
It is important to not get offended quickly, Even if they yell…. This allows you the time to figure out what is actually happening. The yeller would be wrong in this situation every time. But the fear of being “called out” almost kept me from learning the truth in the end.
2. Facts are your friend
It would have been easy to take this employees word as fact. But it wasn’t. It was 100% opinion. Worse part is that Walmart would have been the loser in this situation. Facts don’t have opinions, they have the truth. Not your truth, the truth. But you have to be willing to work and seek truth or you will overpay and or take advantage of people.
3. Do right, because others are watching
I briefly commented in the beginning of this post that my son was with me. He saw his dad (fair to say: one of his hero’s) get yelled at and then witness the whole situation I described above…. The choices I make as a follower of Jesus affect the next generations. It is more important than ever to make sure that we are modeling for our children how to seek truth in all situations with a level head. I am proud to say that I did not stop seeking truth in front of my son. This is why we seek for THE TRUTH.
Jesus says: Come to Him who are weak and weary and you will find rest for your soul. (Matthew 11:28) If you are someone who is trying to do right and find yourself continually being yelled at remember: It is never the wrong time to do the right thing… If you do not know Jesus. I encourage you to take Him at His word. Invite Him to heal and forgive you for the times you hurt others and yourself. His hope is real and His ways are good!
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