When my family owned a small grocery store in South Whitley, Indiana, one of the cardinal rules was to not impose personal philosophies upon our customers. In a small business, one does not have the luxury of thumbing one’s nose at its customers. My Mom and Dad lived by the principle that “the customer was always right.” My brother and I were expected to live by that principle as long as our family owned the the store.
Apparently, mega-corporations are so self-confident of their market range that they no longer care to follow the simple principle of not imposing their beliefs upon their customers.
In the past five and a half months, Meijer, in an obvious, in-your-face shift to the right, has hosted Karl “I’ll do anything to get George elected” Rove and Sarah “I Think I Am Wonderful” Palin. Meijer’s decision to host two of the right-wing’s treasured mouthpieces has led to my decision to never darken their doorstep again, so I can safely and firmly say “I have spent my last dollar at Meijer.” I have noticed, though, that I am not alone in my disdain for Meijer’s actions.
I have never liked the mega-stores anyways. I grew up when cereal choices filled a few feet of space. When you could select an item without having to be totally and utterly bewildered by hundreds of choices. When the cashier knew your name and didn’t ignore you to talk to the bagger or other store personnel while trying to wait on you, the customer, who should have had the devoted attention of the worker.
I know in today’s world this leaves me very few choices since many of the smaller markets have been swallowed up by the mega-sharks. Since I am a vegetarian, I will need to find another store with good produce. I did like Meijer’s selection. But, I will survive, and I will simply adjust my shopping preferences.
My one, small, lone act will not mean much to Meijer as I am sure they are getting a hoot from the letter I wrote to them expressing my concerns – assuming someone opened it before disposing of it in the wastebasket. I will “vote” with my pocketbook and take my shopping elsewhere. I urge those of you who were offended by Meijer’s jump into right-wing politics to do the same.
No more MEIJER for me!