If you go to a place like Las Vegas, where competition is minimal and massive debt loads on casinos have forced a squeeze play where even getting a decent cup of coffee without paying swiss prices has become a hustle. You understand the why, and can merely go two blocks off the strip and find the same product for half the price. You see and realize much of the city was built on the hustle of getting people to lose money and think they had a great time.
A trend I have noticed when you go purchase something at more massive retailer across the country these days, they add another step to what is supposed to be an optimized checkout procedure. There is usually a fund or a cause the organization supports, and they ask if you want to donate your change or make a donation to the reason. It doesn't matter whether you support or like the cause, much less the idea. I have no problem saying, “no” when I ask, “does your company match the donation and does it take the full tax deduction for my and your company donation?”
I have yet to have someone give a real answer to that question. Usually, the eyes of the cashier opened a bit, a few have said, “is that what we can do? are we doing that?”
“probably. ideas in the boardroom usually lose a bit of touch with the reality of the masses. it is a great business and legal idea , you give a school a check for 10,000 and spend twenty million telling the world you helped a school, and you write off all the expense as charity work, even that which was donated by your customers donating in the stores. and get people to think it is all kosher and done only from the goodness of a companies heart.”
Perhaps that is merely the way it works, and will always work. I was going to write about the current state of the USA and what 5% of the population on the planet actually consumes or has a lot of. What it has done is put us in the land of Las Vegas, where sky-high debt loads are simply going to have to come up with creative ways for getting people to pay a lot more for the façade and illusion of not looking behind the façade.
if we did that, I wager the country really could be great again and we wouldn’t have to run advertising campaigns and tell everyone how amazing we think we are.
It is a lot like watching a football game yesterday while huffing on a treadmill. I don’t remember people celebrating making a simple first down before when I played. It was merely part of the job.
our leadership in the united states might learn a lesson in that the people do watch what they are doing….then they tend to mimic the behavior and think it is normal.
Ok. off to a fun-filled day or rescheduled scheduling - i get mistakes, errors, screw up’s happen….yet, I am about ready to smack someone over the head with a large stick, “dude, I realize you have a problem, but every time you step in with something to “help” you are simply making life miserable for the people actually trying to solve the problem and their timing and schedule.”
Maybe I should get them a device and let them shoot themselves in their own foot. Perhaps they might have a lightbulb turn on in their brain when the pain receptors go on.
We all have strengths, we all have weaknesses. being around someone leading with their faults as you shake your head and ask, “how many more times am I going to clean up their messes?”