Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm tired of the negative comments

I have been a little testy today, so something that happened earlier really just set my kettle boiling.  There is a woman here in town who loves to bash the Northern publically whenever she can.  Too high of prices, taking advantage of poor aboriginal people, wonk, wonk wonk.  Most of the time, I can just laugh it off and let it go.  For those of you who don't know, my husband is the manager of the Northern store here in town.  We are a small Metis community where the Northern is the main source of groceries and large ticket items.  The next place you can go to shop (and we are fortunate as a lot of Northern stores are in Fly in communities where you do not have the option to drive) is 2.5 hours away. Yes, the prices at the Northern are high.  A lot of it is shipping costs.  You can blame one or another, but at the end of the day, it's a business.  If you don't like it, don't shop there.  Spend 5 hours round trip to buy cheese 2.00 cheaper.  The part that bothers me the most is that I see this woman in this store ALL the time.  Either don't shop there, or shut up about it.  The Northern does a lot of good in communities also, but no one seems to recognize that.  The Northern raises MILLIONS of dollars for the Canadian Diabetes Association.  Rob donates constantly to functions around town, more than he should sometimes.  The Northern is also a job to a staff of 15, who otherwise wouldn't be working. Grrr.
But now for some amazingly amazing news.  Rob has been selected to participate in a marathon this December for the Canadian Diabetes Association in.. wait for it.... THE CAYMAN ISLANDS.  Bastard!!  I'm very proud of him.  He has a fundraising goal of $4000.00, because whatever he raises the Northwest Company will MATCH dollar for dollar!  So we are both on a very serious weight loss / exercise regime.  Which I suppose is why I'm soo testy today.  Sugar withdraw is a BITCH!


Way Way Up said...

I hear ya. Growing up with parents owning a small business I can relate to the frustration. Sadly there are just people in the world who aren't happy unless they have something to bitch about.

Anonymous said...

Coming from a remote place, I've heard it all from people who'd b!tch, whine and complain about things. This woman has no voice if no one listens to her groundless complaints. Or, do what I did and say, 'Okay, you don't like it here? Get the f*ck out.'

OHN said...

Um...hello? The spouse that spends the most time in the kitchen cooking the healthy meals is supposed to accompany the runner....did they forget to tell you that??? In lieu of that, I would be willing to sacrifice and go in your place. You know, just to be a chaperone or something.

As for the whiner....she obviously needs something to occupy her little mind. I would bet even if she worked there she would still bitch about it. Some people are just never happy.

Donna Laprade said...

I think the lady and community would be alot worse off if the store wasn't there. When you say that your store raises millions for diabetes is that your store or the chain? That's alot of money.

Scratchings in the Dirt said...

We have some of the same issues here. It's easier to go out of town for cheaper things (think Walmart half and hour away), yet people expect our businesses to carry what they need when they need it. Oh, and they want the businesses to give to everything going on in town, too. There's a lot of "me first" in this world. It comes with tunnel vision!

Chin up. Take the high road! And sneak just a little chocolate once in a while - it will help!

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

Wonk, wonk, wonk had me laughing so hard!
Just kick that woman in the shins the next time she whines. Or just lock her out of the store. hehhhe

Go Rob!!!!!

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