Unfiltered Story #210519

, | Unfiltered | October 7, 2020

I work for a company that, among other things, sets up new stores in preparation for opening day. On this occasion, I’m at a location inside a shopping centre, working on a pharmacy/health and beauty store. It’s the day before opening, so the boards over the shopfront have been removed, but one entrance is locked and the other is on manual open only, and both have bright orange barriers in front of them. A painter is doing some touchup work on the bits the boards were previously covering. There are still cages full of excess equipment and stock scattered around the floor. There’s a sign-in log just inside the front door, with several toolboxes in plain sight just past it. It’s pretty obvious that the store isn’t open yet.

Despite all of this, several prospective customers had to be directed back out of the store by the security guard. They’d wandered in through the open doors while we were removing equipment cages, or they’d prised the doors open themselves in order to come in. Every single one of them expressed amazement that the shop wasn’t yet open. More than one said that there should be a sign up.

There were, people just weren’t reading them.