TGIF

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  1. Pam Kulwiec says:

    Another great TGIF!

    I’ve always tried to remember the phrase that says (I’m paraphrasing) character is something expressed in how you treat others that can’t do anything for you.

    [As someone who visits a lab every three months, I have often thought about who is that unknown person that collects these specimens that I leave (be it blood, or “other stuff”) and what are their thoughts. Do they like their job? Do they find it interesting? Is it a “beep” job (literally)?]

  2. Michael says:

    Pam,

    At this lab you hand over the goods to a real person.
    Sometimes you have to wait for a minute or two…and that’s too long for some.

    There are days when it truly is a “beep’ job for them. 🙂

  3. Paige says:

    Amen. Excellent observation and writing.
    Thank you…and I hope you and Trey are getting some helpful answers to whatever issues you are being tested for…..

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige…we’re getting closer to some answers.

  5. EricL says:

    Michael,
    I can relate to the rudeness, remembering back to my years working retail. It took my years to recover enough to start enjoying Christmas again- the customers were that bad every December.

    By the way- for those who want to support Phoenix Preacher and get a great deal, you need to click on Michael’s Amazon link to the left side of the page. Amazon is offering their Prime membership for only $67, instead of the usual $99. The sale is just for today- Friday. Get to that discount by using Michael’s link on the left and he can get a little bit of money back to him to help support the website. A win-win for both sides.

  6. Josh the Baptist says:

    Good article Michael.

    Sometimes even when I help people, it is so that I can feel smug and superior.

  7. Michael says:

    Josh,

    It’s always in us to do so.
    I thought I was being sanctified until I noted how superior I felt to those who were abusing the staff…

  8. Em says:

    everyone should do a stint in retail or some such job that requires dealing with the general public – at least a year – it is quite an education… not all are “bad,” not by a long shot, but it is surprising sometimes to see behind the facades of the folk who are nice, the important and the low-lifes, too …

  9. Randy says:

    A great story and great application. We Christians are called to be different because we are called to serve. Church should be the place where we serve each other. But it often does not work that way. Most of us have not matured one bit since the church at Corinth. Yet God still has mercy on us.

  10. Michael says:

    Randy,

    Thank you and amen!

  11. j2theperson says:

    ***everyone should do a stint in retail or some such job that requires dealing with the general public – at least a year – it is quite an education… not all are “bad,” not by a long shot, but it is surprising sometimes to see behind the facades of the folk who are nice, the important and the low-lifes, too …***

    I think that whether retail jobs are positive experiences or not (and any job for that matter) really depends on how management treats the employees and not so much on how the general public treats the employees. Dealing with a few trouble customers a day isn’t a big deal if management has your back. But dealing with bad management all day every day is a recipe for discontent.

  12. Lurkie Loo says:

    Just curious, Michael, what % of Amazon purchases do you get? I understand if you decline to answer.

  13. Michael says:

    It depends on the product and I’ve never really figured out how they decide.
    It’s a very small percent, but if you do enough volume it adds up.

    My average monthly take is about thirty bucks…which is very helpful right now.

  14. Michael says:

    This month we’ve had about 150.00 in purchases…and I’ve earned a little less than 8.00 on that.

    It’s been a slow month.

  15. filbertz says:

    great zinger at the end of a fine article.

    we educators agree with our retail comrades about open season large caliber critiques…

  16. Michael says:

    Thanks, fil. 🙂

  17. Em says:

    j2, if you can deal with a customer without the management then they aren’t really all that bad 🙂 or you are that good 🙂
    it’s the ones who say, “let me speak to the manager” who are the real pains (not always) and, yes, if the manager doesn’t have your back, you are either not doing your job correctly or the manager isn’t and that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish

  18. Em says:

    okay, i’m ignert, but i just bought a new toilet seat (blush) and didn’t realize that i could have got it thru Amazon and cheaper, too – posting this because i might not, probably am, but i might not be the only dumb one who visits the PhxP … i apologize
    next time….

  19. Lurkie Loo says:

    Well add $3.57 to that bc I just got the Prime deal. Thanks EricL! Dexter, here I come…💉🔪

  20. Michael says:

    Em,

    You’re awesome.
    Period.

  21. Michael says:

    LL,

    Thank you…and enjoy your show!

  22. Em says:

    why thank you, Michael … 🙂 i’ll just sit here and pretend it’s true…

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