I went to a local flower grower this morning, with my little crew in tow.
I've been taking my little ones to the growers & into flower coolers ever since I had a little one.
4 years ago I did just have a little tiny babe, who snuggled in the baby carrier.
The crew has grown in number & has been aging.
Over the years, I've gone to numerous different places
& they have always been very welcoming of us all.
Until this morning.
We walked into the rose warehouse.
I was holding Moira & Gillian & Peyton were close to my side.
It was lunch hour for most of the work crew.
There was very little activity in & around the coolers.
The sales manager walks by & sharply asks, "can I help you with something?!"
I told him we were there to pick up the red roses on hold for Erin.
He went to get them & came back & said,
"This is not a safe environment for children."
He printed out my invoice.
I paid him & said, "I guess I shouldn't shop here anymore."
He rolled his eyes & said, "that's not what I said..
This is an industrial area & it is not safe for children."
So, I took my change & said,
"Well, I work with my children. So, I won't be back.
I'll just go back to buying roses from __________
(the other guy, the local competition)."
"I didn't say your children can't come!" (Him)
"Thanks" (me, leaving for the last time.)
I had been using this rose grower for awhile. Every time I go, I bring my kids.
They have a great quality rose, a great selection of varieties & a great price.
But, if I get rude customer service & my kids aren't welcome, then I won't go back.
To describe the "industrial" environment, I think comparing it to Costco is fair.
That is, there is an occasional, singular, slow moving fork lift in the warehouse.
I would say, being there is less dangerous than going for a walk down the street.
I understand that a business has the right to ask anyone to leave.
But on what grounds are you asking us to leave?
My kids were not being unruly.
I am not going to get a babysitter,
so I can stop in at your business without you feeling uncomfortable.