Dog Poop Situation

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Now wouldn’t it be awesome if dogs can scoop their own poop up like the above picture? hhaha!  who am I kidding right?  dogs just poop about everywhere.  Just the other day, I saw someone’s dog poop on Main Street and she was on the phone all that time waiting for someone to come get her a bag to pick it up.

And I unknowingly almost stepped on the dog poop and she didn’t even bother to warn me – WTH!  and when she did pick up the poop, she didn’t do a good job and she looked as if she was scared and disgusted with her OWN dog’s poop.  WTH !!  If you are taking your dog out for a poop walk, you know he is gonna poop and if he is a big dog, he will have big poops, so if you don’t want to touch the poop, get something to scoop it up properly !

I’m certainly not impressed with dog owners like that girl at all!  So coming back with the poop situation on Main Street, nope it is still happening and not getting any better.  Dog owners still let their dog poop on Main Street and don’t clean them up.  Some pick up the poop but leave traces of poop around, so that innocent people walking on the street, would step on their dog’s poop.

The town really needs to take a firmer stand on dog owners and insist that they clean up and clean up properly.  Tourists are going to be coming to this town and you don’t want them to be stepping on poop because I would be darn upset !

Going To The City

Yes, despite the fact that we don’t have someone to help open the store while we go to the city, we are still going.  Nothing is impossible in our vocabulary and customers will and can understand why we need time off without an employee.  They will just have to miss us for a day or two and they will survive I am very sure.

So to all those people out there who are thinking of quitting and giving your boss a hard time, let me tell you no one is indispensable and if you think that you are doing your boss a favor by working, you are so wrong.

Slave Driver

When I tell ppl that the boss is a slave driver, I’m so not kidding!  Yes! we went to work in the blizzard that we had the other day! i’m not a happy camper that’s for sure.  But we went with him to work because I didn’t want him driving alone in such a weather!  But if it was up to me – I wouldn’t leave the house.

The store was busy despite the bad weather but that’s beside the point !  i still wouldn’t have gone in if the boss didn’t insist on going in *sigh*.  Sometimes I wanna smack that fella!

Hiring 101

Yes, a mistake one should never make is to hire on a friend or family.  And you would think that after being in business for 14 years, we would have learned that but nope !  and guess what ? we got slapped on the face again!

2 years ago, when we hired a friend, we thought we were helping him but 2 years later instead of appreciating it, he decided to bad-mouth us to our customers after he gave his notice.  What a shame ! isn’t it! So the next time we hire friends or family please smack me silly ! hahahha!

Of Closing Shop

I was stopped the other day when I was getting my lunch at the chinese restaurant when a customer asked me about hearing rumors that we were closing our store for good.  Hahhaah!  first I’ve heard I replied.  But really, this town has got so many people with free time I guess to make up such a story.

Truth be told, we are doing very well “knock on wood” , and this store is the boss’s passion, he would never close the store that’s for sure.  Some 6 yrs ago, we were doing not so well, and he still put everything into the store and the store took a turn-around even though our economy were affected, the store continued to do well.  So why the hell would ppl start a rumor like that?  Too funny these ppl. I figured it was just some very jealous ppl around town.

Don’t Try To Pull A Fast One On This Crazy Chinese Woman

The other day I was left alone at the store and this guy came in to buy some kinda extension cord for the Guitar Hero’s Guitar, when I checked with PB over Skype to see if we had one – he had replied no.  But this guy insisted on seeing different things in the store to see if he get the extension cord and modify it.  Of course, there is none – finally he had to end up getting the entire guitar but he had pulled out the cord to show me what it was from the guitar he was buying.  I also made sure that he wasn’t just gonna slipped the cord into his pocket and leave the guitar by placing the guitar right in front of the counter while I served another 3 other guys who had something to buy.

Finally, guy paid for the guitar, $30 + tax and left.  The next day, he called PB and told him that he didn’t get the extension cord and wonder if he can get one *rolled eyes*.  Luckily, I was at the store when he called and PB asked me and I told PB, it was there when he left.  Guy on the phone insisted that he didn’t get the extension cord * rolled the eyes more* in which PB told him over the phone that the wife saw the piece that he had unplugged and put it back together when he left.

Anyhow, he called again later, and asked PB if he had another one to sell, so PB dig one out from another system and sold it to him.  OMFG!!!!  He really thought that I was that blurrrrrrrr…………..!!!!

Just A Cliche

In my last 13 years in Canada, I’m very proud to announce that I’ve not lost myself as an Asian in this different world, I’m still very much me and I loved being who I am.  I’m also happy to announce that I’ve not joined any group or are only friends with certain people because everything is a cliche here.

I’m happy that I’ve concentrated on helping the boss with his business and only done things that I feel good about and helping out others but may not seems significant to the people in this town.  I’m blunt and honest to the extend whereby sometimes it might hurt others because I cannot stand being false or fake.

The town’s people had been really good to us, it’s just those “atas” people that we don’t mixed around with.  We find that the more “atas” the people the more they never spend money in our store, they rather go to the big stores to get “newer” stuff instead of supporting the local business *shrug*  – so yup ! we have no use for those “atas” people.  It’s those working folks like us who supports the local business and will try to make their money stretch.

Letters To The Editor

So I read in the local papers about the boat coming in and no one to greet them and also no stores opened at the time to show that we are a vibrant town.  Well, first of all – whoever co-ordinated with the cruise that came in with 100 or so people, should have informed the downtown stores and co-ordinated with the owners of the store if they so much wanted to show off the town.

Now secondly, you would think that the town councillors or the Mayor would have given a heads up to the small business owners – who have any touristy things that these people might be interested in.  And since tri-star catered to their bus tour, you would also think that someone from there would have informed the downtown merchants if they were gonna bring them to show them the downtown core.

Yes, a lot of things could have been done but apparently no one was being pro-active at all, so to blame the downtown merchants or anyone is useless, I think everyone should play a part in trying to show off your town.  For us, a video store and a computer store, I doubt anyone would be interested in getting anything here – but if they had wanted us to open to show off the town, we definitely would have played our part too.  But nope – no one came to co-ordinate with anybody as far as I can tell.

Parking Surprise By Town

I shouldn’t say I am surprised with the councils of this town voting against extending the free parking on Main Street but I’m really surprised at the councilors who voted against it.  Downtown needs something or many things to entice the people to come downtown or to encourage them to come downtown and by imposing and not changing the downtown parking bylaws just doesn’t make sense to me at all.

The neighbor who is a hair salon had decided to leave town – and move to his home to work – because of the rent – not much traffic downtown and of course, the 1 hrs parking isn’t good enough for his customers.  We mostly have walk-ins and not many people who comes to our store needs more than an hour but you would think that by extending the parking hours means that people don’t have to rush off town – in a hurry and have no time to browse at other stores.

It really doesn’t make sense to me – but when did this town ever make any sense – not surprised at all.  Going backwards seems to be how the councils like to be it seems.

Worrying Trends

Yes! worrying trends said the town’s chief admins officer – wow! you mean he only realized it now?  HOLY MOLY!  i didn’t have a degree in managing this town but 5 years ago, when folks in this town starting moving away to get a job – i already knew that things isn’t looking really well.  Surely, then he should have done and said something?  no?

Isn’t it a bit too late to start worrying now?  and start looking for solutions for the deficits of this town and where the money is going to come from seeing that there is less property to tax and less business occupancy to collect?   Jeeze ! it sure didn’t take a genius to see it eh?  or did everyone sit in their cloud 9 this long?

She Said I Was Brutal!

So a customer came in today and the boss wasn’t in – but she wanted to leave her computer and the works at the store – to let him check it out – to see if he wants to buy it.  I told her very nicely that we don’t keep customer’s stuff when when are not around ( in case, they accused us of exchanging their things like ram, hard drive and video card) and bad-mouthed us when we don’t even know about it.  I asked her nicely, if she could come back later in which she replied “NO! ”  and turned around and called me brutal or rude !

What the hell!!!  I was so nice about it – and the store was crowded, I was serving another customer !  I was dumb – founded – didn’t know what to think !  why do people behave this way ?  you want to sell something to the store – you want my money – why in the world would you behave this way?  You can bet I wouldn’t be paying much when you come back when the boss is in.

Parking Downtown Issue Again

So we were visited by a few councilors asking us about the parking issues in our downtown and wanted our opinion about the extended hours for parking downtown.  Most of the councilors were earnest about it – but one was like hmmmm…  well, not really asking for our opinion – more like since I’m here – I’ll just pretend I’ll ask you something serious – so you will think I’m working hard for the town.

Well, even though I’m not originally from this town, I can assure you – I’m far from being naive or stupid, so since the question was asked flippantly I also replied flippantly.  And this councilor can be sure that he/she will not be getting my vote the next time round.  If the town councilors think that the folks in town don’t know who is really working for the better of the town, well, they are in for a shocked the next time it is time for an election.

Anyhow, back to the parking issue of our downtown – I seriously feel that parking shouldn’t be limited and if the town is worried that the employees are going to park where the customers are – they should just inform the business owners to tell their employees not to park in front of their own store and to use the car park.  Shopping downtown shouldn’t be this hard for the customers, who would wanna shop downtown if they have to worry about a parking ticket?  so please don’t make it so hard for the downtown businessmen – make the customers want to come downtown by offering free parking all day like Starrs Road.

More Empty Shop Fronts

Yes, a lot more empty shop front in the works, a neighbor down the road is applying to move his business to his home because he said it makes no sense to stay on Main since we’ve not only lost the ferry but also people in this county.  Yes, the amount of people that had move away from this town is quite scary and still the provincial government don’t think that the ferry had affected the economy in this town really makes me very worried.

Because of the latest development, I’m kinda weary as to whether we should invest in a business property here, I’m quite scared too if our money is going to go down the drain.  I mean we are doing well now but what if people keeps moving away from this town, who will be left with buying consoles and games and computers?

I know we need a bigger store but do we really wanna put so much money down?  the town hasn’t convinced me enough to want to do that truth be told.  I wanna be able to up and move if things don’t turn around for the town because eventually, it will affect us right?

The Town Needs More Action Takers

Yes! we don’t need more talkers – we need more action takers.  Talking is easy as we all know – it’s taking the bull by it’s horn that is what we need.  I know that the airport is trying very hard to get something going and negotiating with some people from away, if only everyone is like him that would be really nice.  Please no more talking – some action is much better for this town. I’m tired of seeing the town going downhill and sure people are going tell me why don’t you do something then ?  well, I’m not paid to do something – I’m just a small business owner who is trying to keep the business going for a long, long time to come not just for this year or next year but a lot of years down the road, so that my kid can take over the business.  When someone wants to start paying me for business lunches, business class flights and hotel accommodation – then it’s up to those who are getting all these perks to do something eh?

 

Dealing With Irate Customers

Most of our customers are great but once in a while – some wake up in the morning without taking their meds and then come to the store and make trouble for us.  We were not in the store yesterday, so poor Gary had to fend for himself.  Customer came in asking for a store credit for something he had bought over the weekend and our store policy is only the boss can do it. Since the boss was sick, Gary couldn’t do anything and instead the customer threatened Gary that he was going to bring his lawyers to sue us for $10K  * slap forehead * .

Anyhow, customer returned today and of course, didn’t kick up a big fuss but I did tell him that we didn’t appreciate his behavior and that there was no need to go after Gary for anything because he was just doing what he was told.  His complains were not relevant whatsoever  and after 13 years in business, we know how to handle crazy people like that.

Student’s Lunch Downtown Van Not Approved

So the van take takes passengers around town everyday is now deemed too dangerous for student to be on – to go downtown for lunch.  The board or the school does not approved of this kinda van it seems * roll my eyes*  really ????  I can’t believed that the school board is making it hard for the students to leave and take their lunch outta school.  What is next now?

Did the school know that these students order their pizza and they get delivered to school?   Either way, they are not going to be stopping anyone I am sure and in my humble opinion – I think it’s safer to take the van – and definitely much more time effective for the kids.

Real Men Pay Their Debt

After shopping came back to the store – to entertain some sassy teenagers who wanted to rent from us but I said no – because he owed us a game from 2002 and never brought it back. So he started questioning me – asking why he was allowed to rent movies and not games – and we tried to explain to him that he owed us a game that wasn’t returned from years ago and we are not holding it against his parents. So he and his friends started sassing me up – and before they left – asked if i owned the store – in which PB replied “she’s my wife – so she does own the store” . They came back a few mins later – to buy the 40 bucks games – and said that’s the way a man do things – by buying it – PB said – the way a man do things is to pay up his bad debts.

The Roll My Eyes Phone Calls

I swear I want to get one of this button to wear when I’m at the store serving some idiotic customers or when I answer phone calls that people over the other end shouldn’t even have called for.  The stories I can tell – it’s pretty amazing I tell yer.

The most favorite one is when someone call and tell me he bought a computer a few days ago and it doesn’t wanna do this or that or that it’s a blue screen.  But of course, I’m darn smart after 12 years in business – and asked him to wait a minute and to let me know where and when he bought the computer – and of course – revelation – he bought it from Walmart or Staples or some other god know where places.  Of course, I quickly stop him short there and told him there is nothing i can do over the phone for him unless he wants to bring it in – and we can then try helping him.

But my new year’s plan for these kinda calls is to tell caller to give me his credit card # and that we bill every 15 mins on the phone at $10 an hour – now that should stop them really quick and not call us for technical support when they didn’t buy their stuff from us.  And what about those callers that bought their xboxes or ps3 from zellers or gamestop – and calls us up to help them with their parental code breaking – OH MY GOD right??  you didn’t buy the systems from us – so why are you calling for technical help?  sometimes you really want to smack them – not only are they taking up your time, they are also hogging my phone line for genuine customers /paying customers who may be calling in or worst stop me from taking money from a paying customer who is already in front of me.  Yes !  the “don’t make me roll my eyes at you” tag must be made for next year and worn at all times at the store.

Parking Sign Needed Bad

Yes! we were blocked in again and the other day this white van took our parking spot! and today when I caught him while driving off for lunch I assumed, he replied that there was plenty of space !  *slap forehead*  But that’s not the point right?  the point is you inconvenienced us and while the boss fumes and does nothing I’m the one with looking for action.  So I’m going to get a sign today by hook or crook.  What the hell is wrong with people these days – they don’t have any common courtesy do they?

Hope For A Ferry In Town

I was quite sure that Dexter wouldn’t say anything good with the report but I was wrong but not entirely wrong – since his announcement if you read properly has too many clauses – the “IFs” and “BUTs” into it.  There is going to be a lot of red tape before we will eventually see the money working towards getting a ferry into this town.  But of course, there is hope for the town and hopefully, all will come true.  And if it was a election move on Dexter part, I guess he isn’t wrong either right?  to each his own – he had to look out for his own best interest first.  One can only hope, one can only keep our fingers crossed.