Once inside, I avoided looking at anyone directly, in that way all gay men do when shopping a dirty bookstore. I slowly worked my way towards the counter - passing a display of what could only be described as "flavored sauces" - and then onto the cashier, where a very hot guy had been watching me all along. He looked me over when I approached. "And what can I get for you today?" he asked, jokingly, knowing exactly what I wanted from him. I was so ashamed for coming into the place to begin with, my answer was barely a whisper -
"I'll have a Chic Fil A to go," I said.
As my neighbors learned of the closing, all were shocked that a company would treat its employees so seemingly poorly. Again like Chic Fil A, there were immediate calls to boycott the retailer…but though I understood my neighbors' angry reaction, I also understood Lowes' decision, having worked for Handy Andy - regional home improvement center - myself back in the mid 1990s.
When Handy Andy announced its impending closing, our employees robbed it blind - from part timers to managers. Some stole merchandise outright, others (like me) set merchandise aside to buy on the last day of business (at 90% off). I guess it's human nature to vent frustration in negative ways…and acts like stealing are easily justified.
I did boycott Lowes for a season btw, and last year's geraniums (bought elsewhere) didn't look as nice. But I returned to Lowes for my flowers this year, and I don't regret a thing.
Flowers last a lot longer than chicken sandwiches, after all…and they don't carry the guilt.