Over the past few days, I’ve seen this happen more than once, and it never ceases to amaze me.
For years, there has been a story passed around at work where one of our members came to a wine & cheese party.Â She proceeded to stuff her pockets with cheese, so she could take it home for later.Â Based on where I’m hearing this story from, I have absolutely no doubt that it happened, but it was always good for a laugh.Â First off, the folks that are members at our resort are fairly well to do, so it’s not like she couldn’t afford her cheese.Â For her sake, she just seemed to think she was entitled to take as much stuff as she could, and that was that.
So last week we had the grand opening of our new showhome.Â There was a big VIP event on the Thursday, and it opened to the residents of the area on Saturday.Â We’re pretty proud of the place, so we made a bit of to-do about it, and even provided sandwiches at lunch time.Â So then, one of our staff sees this guy drive up in his fancy car, park, and go in to the house.Â 30 seconds later he comes out with a couple of sandwiches, gets back in his car and drives away.Â Now granted, he could have sprinted through the entire house, or maybe he even managed to see it before the opening somehow.Â Regardless, I think the guy missed the point.Â We weren’t trying to cater a free lunch for the area residents, (to be fair this is the only guy I heard of who did this,) but were rather trying to provide lunch for those who were genuinely interested in the place.Â Again, a sense of entitlement that I just can’t identify with.
Now, lest you think this is all a complaint on behalf of the company I work for, it’s not.Â Last night I saw this again “in the wild”…
My daughter was a pretty good kid this week, so we took her to her favourite video store so that she could rent a video on Friday night.Â Now this video store is pretty cool in that they provide free popcorn and paper bags, so you can munch popcorn as you browse.Â Everyone’s first stop is at the popcorn machine where you grab a bag, and then start shopping for the flick you want to see.Â Actually, the popcorn is very good too, so another reason to go there.Â
Now, the popcorn stand is in the very middle of the store and bears a sign that says “for customer consumption only” or some such verbiage.Â Naturally, I figured that this was to stop the teen-agers from taking advantage of it.Â What I saw last night shocked me though…
As we’re browsing the videos with our bag, (we share one between the three of us,)Â this couple walks in.Â I’m going to hazard a guess and put them in their later 30’s.Â At any rate, they head straight past the clerks to the popcorn machine, grab a bag each, and fill them up to heaping over the rim.Â Then they turn around, walk right past the clerks, out the door,Â jump in their shiny blue Audi and drive off.Â That car is not cheap, but obviously they were.
Why does this bother me?Â We culled the sandwiches at our opening.Â No more, as we felt that it was abused.Â How long before the popcorn goes away?Â I honestly wonder if these people think about, or even care, that they might ruin things for everyone.Â We love that little perk, and would be very dissapointed if it were pulled.
I honestly don’t get it.Â Where does this sense of entitlement come from?Â I mean honestly, if you really wanted to get free popcorn, couldn’t you at least put on a show of browsing for a few minutes?Â Who knows, you might see something you liked!Â THAT is exactly why it’s free.Â It’s a hook to get you looking at their stuff, and the least you can do is play the game with the vendor.Â Anything less is ignorance, as far as I’m concerned.Â And if you don’t like putting up a show, then go buy it elsewhere and don’t take the freebies.
Oh… and lastly, a jumbo sized bag of popcorn is available for sale for a whole $2.00.Â Somehow, based on the car that they were driving, I think that they could have afforded that.