The Associate is a tough interrogator, and can sniff out the truth like Matlock. She is full of questions all of the time, and doesn’t hesitate to grill me. My parenting style has always been to give as much information as possible without giving my direct opinion. One of deeper conversations while driving about town was about metal detectors in stores. After figuring out what the heck she was asking me, I paused (a little too long for her.)
me- yes!!! sweety!!! I was just framing my answer. Do you know when you try on clothes and there is that annoying tag in a really bad place?
me- well that is there so if you try to leave the store without paying for the clothes that metal detector thingy sets off an alarm, and the police will come.
TA- why would somebody do that?
me- that is called stealing, and it is against the law to take something you haven’t paid for or doesn’t belong to you.
TA- but that store has plenty of money.
me- *sigh* Wellllll, that store has to buy those clothes from another company, and then this store adds some money to the price and sells it to us. So…. if someone leaves the store without paying the store loses money and then it will go out of business.
me- That store creates jobs in our community (this is where it gets tricky. We are actively shaping her power to work for good, so my answers are straight forward, but lean towards the consumer and the worker, without demonizing well run businesses.)
me- (in my head, how the heck does she do this to me every time, why can’t we have a nice ride in the car and look at the trees!)
me- Ok, we are going in this store to get one thing, we are on a mission to get things we need not things we want. (mercifully she does not argue and we make it all the way to the counter without incident)
TA- Why do they need to make these?
what the heck?
why would anyone collect cereal?
me- at least no one will steal that junk.