Seriously, in two weeks, I’d encountered four (4) Grifters. Keep in mind, I only work four days a week and four and one half (4 1/2) hours per day. So yea, I’m wondering if there’s a Grifter Convention in town. Any hoot, the first Grifter stole four designer pillows, yes, you heard me right. Apparently, she had four old, stained, stanky, and flat designer pillows, so she purchased four new pillows from the national known retail store I work for. She replaced the new pillows with her old stained, stanky, and flat pillows, inside the protection bags, then returned them to the store, where I work and received a full refund. I must say this, “It was a good scam, because she fooled the hell out of me.” The second Grifter returned a pair of expensive men’s dress shoes. It was obvious that he’d worn them, but hey I had to give him a refund in cash, he had a receipt. Nice scam if you ask me. The third and fourth Grifters, a young man and a young woman, were obviously working together, but made the unfortunate mistake of coming to me in sequential order for a refund. The young man came in first with two expensive dresses, gave me his snob story, oh you don’t know what a snob story is? Here it is, “I paid cash, I don’t have a receipt, it was a gift to my girlfriend, can’t you just scan it and give me a refund.” Here’s my inter voice responses to this young man as he spoke, , “No, you stole it, of course you don’t have a receipt, really, you just made that up, no I can’t.”  Sensing he had a snowballs chance in hell of getting a refund from me, he quickly left. Within ten minutes a young woman with two different expensive dresses approached me and asked if she could get a refund. She gave me her version of a snob story. In warp speed I’d rose to the occasion, looked her in the eyes and said, “I have bad news, you’re not going to get a refund today unless you bring me proof of purchase.” She was taken aback, as if to say, “Damn, this bitch ain’t kidding, I didn’t expect this, let me get the hell up outta this store.” Here’s the best part, I’d immediately called the store security, began reporting this incident, but was abruptly interrupted when the security person on the phone, told me, “Oh, yea, she’s part of a known group.” From what I’d just witnessed, that statement made sense to me.

Believe it or not, but My Brother’s Keeper Alliance has so many opportunities, like mentoring boys and young men of color, even for its harshest critics. Put simply, “Actions speak louder than words.

If you work in retail, like I do, then honoring yourself and every employee’s worthiness for a livable wage has its benefits. I really think a Grifter’s convention is being held everyday in the board rooms of this national known retail store that I work for. In my opinion, the supervisors I work with are highly trained in bullying tactics. They use their Holy Grail of statistics to perpetrate their intimidation tactics and/or subtle threats against employees.  I’ll give them credit where credit is due, their propaganda campaign to keeping their employees living in fear, works like a charm.

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