Not a lot to report today – not a good one.
First, got to the train by bike, only to realize that I’d left my pack home with everything in it. Retrieval at a rate of knots.
Halfway through the day, I turned and the coffee which had been sitting beneath the counter on a shelf suddenly decided to spill – parts of it reached our shop sign above head height, the floor, counter, wrapping paper and everything else within range was drenched – didn’t know coffee could go so far.
Naturally, that’s the moment the manager decided to come downstairs.
She was going spare all day about not making target. I told her – we’ll make it, relax. We did but only by about £20. Still, she was a happy bunny. Ordinarily we lift the other days above target for the week but today we just held our own and that was it. Wonder why people weren’t spending.
Anyway, the curious and rather horrible or sad thing was that every kid I saw today – every single one – had a behavioural problem – in the shop, on the trains, on the platforms, on the streets. Wish I had a pound every time a parent told Johnny or Betty not to do that and the kid went right ahead and did it.
And what did the parent do? Just watched, dismayed. Little b***ers would have had a clip around the earhole with me if they’d even thought of doing that. Or had a privilege withdrawn and it would have stayed withdrawn. The eyes narrowed, the fingers were itching to do a Saatchi and grab the little b***er by the neck, hold him against the wall and say – now let’s try that one again.
Thinking of me da when I look at these. Hell, I’d never ever have had the nerve to not do as he said. Never even tested it out when I was growing up – he had me bluffed.
I want it all back again, those days. Totally out of synch with today.
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