What Happened To The Shoplifter?

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Not much yet – to be honest because it took us 30 mins to find the names of the shoplifter and her accomplices after it went viral but 3 weeks to get ahold of the cop who was in charge of our case.  So the ball is in their court right now and we are just waiting to hear back from them.  But we all had a good laugh when the video went viral and till last week when we were in the city, someone stopped and asked if we caught the shoplifter.  It was definitely worth it – getting the shoplifter on camera.

Story Of My Life At The Store

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New Sign For The Store

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I’m thinking of making a new sign to hang around the store , telling shoplifters that we will embarrass the hell outta them if they are caught.  Gonna show it to my friends from home and get their input before printing them out.  What do you think?

Commitment Or Devotion?

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As a small business owner, we have to pretty much run the business on our own unless you find someone trustworthy.  And in our 16 yrs in business, we have so far found a very good part-time but he already have a regular job but took pity on our situation, so comes every time he gets a chance.

There are many a times, whereby I get really upset because we never could go anywhere for a good long, relaxing holiday.  Even when we did have help before, we couldn’t really go for a holiday with a good conscience.  The boss doesn’t like to close the store for more than a day at a time and even if we did , he wouldn’t be too happy to spend time with us.

Is it devotion or commitment or stupidity?  one was told that one needed time for relaxation and time to rejuvenate but nope not him.  He doesn’t like to travel nor leave the store and if he could be at the store 24/7 , I think he might just do that.

It is definitely not easy to be a small business owner and more so with one who doesn’t seems to know how to relax.  Every other businesses that we know, knows how to close the store for a week or two but nope not him.  Even when I just had a baby, he still needed to open the store.  So if you are thinking that it is awesome to work for yourself, think again.  Or if you think that it is great to be the boss’s wife – it isn’t !  it suxs ! big time !

Furnishing My Cottage

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We’ve had our cottage for more than a year now , but have yet to furnish the inside.  As you can see, the outside looks pretty awesome but we had to repaint the inside as well and with weather that we had last year, it was quite impossible.  This year, we also have to do some foundation work in it and then off to  www.goodshomefurnishings.com  for some good furniture to furnish the cottage and prepare for the summer and awaiting for our guests to come and stay for the summer.   I seriously , cannot wait to furnish my cottage and call it our summer home as well as a guest house for our guest from all over the world.

Some Money We Don’t Wanna Earn

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Most people would take anyone’s money but not us.  Some customers are just not worth making any business with them.  It makes no sense when they’ve bought so many things from us and have had such a long relationship with us and yet can come back with the notebook and say things like it would electrocute them. Really?  mannn!!  I wanna smack that person, but I had a lot of customers at the store when the event takes place.  Of course, if you meddle with the wires, and tear off the tape that we used to keep you and anyone safe, you can get electrocuted if you are not careful and there was no need to be rude especially, if we had been so kind to him all the time.

You may be the customer, but no one should treat another human being this way.  So no we are not doing his business no more.  Thank you very much ! let someone else deal with his shit just not us.

PS3 Clean Up

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Holy Moly !  no wonder the PS3 doesn’t wanna work !  this belongs to a customer of course, he didn’t buy it from us, probably brought it from the yard sale and brought it to us to clean it out.  Some people just smoke and have dusty houses i guess.

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But the boss don’t feel iikeee about it and will clean it up for them for a mere $20 !!!!  I wouldn’t go near it – that’s for sure.

Ice On SideWalk Problem

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Yes, we have a huge problem this year but wait a minute, it think it is every year but this year , it’s a little bit worst than previous.  I’ve heard and seen many people falling down and hurting themselves and some had a fracture hand and broken leg.

I feel really awful about it and had predicted that it would happen sooner or later.  Had this been the States, the town would have been sued.  The mayor said that they were doing their best , the business owners said they were doing their best to clean the sidewalks too but what about the carpark and the back alleys?  What about the schools?  yes, I’ve seen the school’s sidewalk very poorly done and snow piling so high, you can’t see the traffic coming.

Sure the snow removal folks are working really hard but something needs to be address here before more people get hurt or more accidents in the road.  I feel especially bad for the younger school kids, because they had to climb on top of the snow banks to get to their parents cars.

How can one prevent accidents?  can the town do more?

Too Much Snow This Year !

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This picture says it all doesn’t it !  I rest my case !  but seriously, we have way too much snow this year.  I think we are just getting the times when we didn’t have a lot of snow.  Pay back time says Mr Winter !  hahahha!!!

Boat or No Boat

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So everyone in town and around is asking if we are getting the boat back this summer.  Hurry up , Nova Star !  we need you to start taking bookings that way the rumors will stop immediately.

Of course, I want the boat back!  we don’t see any tourists in our store but hey ! if it is good for the town, I’m all for it.  I’m happy that other businesses are doing well, it doesn’t have to be always about us or what benefit us only.  Why can’t the people see the big picture here.  So hurry up ! Nova Star !!!!  get your act together!

It Was Freezing Cold

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I’m so glad we didn’t have our Christmas decor up yet during the Xmas parade this year.  It was freezing cold !  i feel bad for the children out there in the cold watching the parade go by for 30 mins.  We did this once in the city because they said the city’s parade was better but it wasn’t worth it at all , waiting in the cold.  it was crazy!

My kid was sitting up in the windows watching the parade and keeping warm , i’m so glad she didn’t ask to go out.  So from now on , we ain’t decorating the store’s windows till after the parade. hahah!  we win!

$2000 A PoP???!!??

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Really?  $2000 a pop?  for candy canes on downtown streets?  I sometimes wonder where they get their quotes from?  I checked with a supplier of ours in Canada and the highest end candy cane for this kind of project is like $500 – I was quoted.  The town seems to get the highest bids in everything they want to bring into town.  I wonder if they have checked with our local gift stores to get them to use their connections for stuff like that.  The people in charge really need to get in touch with the right people to get the right prices or learn to negotiate.

White Collar Crime

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I’ve been in Canada for more than 10 yrs now and I’m about to believe that there must be no White collar crime division in Canada or none in this small town?  therefore, the judges around here don’t know how to sentence these white collar criminals?  since there were no precedents to go refer to?

Thus far, I’ve seen 2 cases in which both are let off so easily but if it were ordinary people who’ve committed these crimes, will they have the same outcome?  Could it really be that they have good lawyers or they have “connections” ?  Both had so clearly cheated the tax payer tons of money but their excuses were?  I shouldn’t have done it ????!!!!???  WOW!!!!  truly amazing the excuse !!!

The sentence is to be 1000 hours of community service ???!!!???  wow!! no jail time ?????  and no criminal record as well???  WOW!!!!

All I have to say is – it’s pretty awesome to be a white collar criminal in Canada eh?  the consequences are so minimal , I have to learn to be a crook too but have to be a white collar one with connections I guess.

The Cops Gave Up?

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So I read this morning from the owners who lost their whole collection of jewelry that the cops are giving up because they don’t have any lead to the break and enter in town.  Wow!  what more can i say about the cops here  after reading that?  But one can’t really expect much since we got broken in a few times and even with footage, they can’t come up with nothing.  I’m sure not all the cops that we know are so incompetent but some I have to say are not the sharpest tool in the shed.

False Friends

cats1I’m sure we all have one of those, it’s quite unfortunate for us, we have a few of these people around us and we try to avoid them as best as we can.  But they know where to get us when they need something from us and the boss has one such friend too.  You never see him and he tries to sabotage you anytime he gets, he conveniently forgets that he owes us money and that he stole from the store.

Anyhow, he is without a job for a long time now and had asked the boss if we had a job for him.  Of course, the boss didn’t tell me but I’m sneaky like that and found out and almost screamed out ” OF COURSE NOT! ”  I will hire the dog, cat and mouse but nope I will never hire you!  No wonder he was so nice to us when we met him at the mall !  holy moly !  some people have no shame do they?

Fake People

cats1What are fake people?  I can spot them from a mile away.  I think I’ve become kinda of expert when it comes to fake people after working in the hotel industry for 15 years and another 5 years with a Spanish Telecommunication company, where people tend to be fake with you when they want you to do something from them or when they know that you are someone in Management and what you say or think can make or break them.  I don’t know if you’ve met with people like that?  but I’ve.

And at this age of mine going 50 in a few months, I tend to be less tolerant when it comes to people like that.  Folks like that only wants to manipulate you and if you are of not much use to them, they tend to steer clear of you too.   I think i’ve already wasted too much time with people like that in my life, so this year, I’ve decided that i no longer have patience for people like that.

So yes, these days , i rather not entertaining people who are fake , even the town councilors, there are some I don’t talk to and also some pizza guy that had accused me of trying to run his business down or teachers or my kid who went crazy over my blogs or a chicken shit neighbor who also went crazy about my blog.  And of course, ex – employees or  just in general fake people around me.

Nope, no time or energy to play pretend, so I’m gonna be honest with a lot of people from now on and ignore those that I don’t want to tolerate anymore and have no patience for.

Donate/Sponsor Decent People

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Owning a store means that we are constantly asked to sponsor or donate to different people, organization or events and fund raisers.  But over the years, we’ve also developed a very thick skin and only donate to those who didn’t rip us off in any way.

Liked I say before, you can only ripped us off once and you will never get another cent from us.  So when we are asked to donate to an organization or raise funds for someone who works for that organization or whose parents ripped us off once, you will know that they will not get another penny from us.

Having said that , we donate generously to various causes in town, like the library, the YMCA, Red Cross and various orphanages around the world.  But once you or yours ripped us once, that’s it, you cannot ask for anything from us.  SORRY.

I Forgive You ……

When you own a small business in a small town like we do for this many years, you tend to see a lot of kind of people and there are those who are so ignorant that they don’t even know that their actions were wrong.  Is it a character flaw or did he get knock on the head when he was young?

But now instead of getting angry with those who stole from us or who’ve ripped us and then turned around and call us names every time, they see us, I’m going to turn around and tell them – I forgive you because you were born an idiot.  I’m saying this not because I’m being vindictive but because there is no other way to explain why people would behave this way.

Hurricane Arthur

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Hurricane Arthur hit us harder than we had expected.  For those who’ve lost power, I hope that power will come back soon for you.  And for all our customers and friends out there, I hope Arthur didn’t damage too much of your property.

We lost half the shingles on our roof at the cottage and on home front, just a few shingles, nothing that we are too worried about.  But we did lose power for 36 hours at home and the cottage was longer.

I guess, Hurricane usually misses us but this time, when we think that we are not going to have it as hard as any other places, it hit us like there was no tomorrow.  Alot of damages around town as you can see here.  My heart goes out to a lot of the people in the town.  Stay safe folks.

Really Kid ! I Can See You !

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So I was alone in the store today and 2 kids came in to browse and as usual, when I’m alone in the store, I do have the security camera on my screen.  So one kid got a hold of a candy box and looked around for security cameras and he was looking really hard and wondering if our security cameras are working.  So I shouted out from behind and told the kid – I can see him to prevent him from even thinking of taking the box of candy.

Mannnn!  I don’t know what the hell these kids are thinking – and at the back of my mind, I just hope that I will bring up my kid better than those who are even thinking of stealing from us.  Just too sad – for these kids.  And nope, I never thought of stealing from a store when I was a kid, even though we didn’t have much when I was little.