Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Star Date July 7th 2010: Where Are The Grups?

If you were a fan of the original Star Trek TV series, you may remember the episode where Kirk and Crew beamed down to a planet of children run amok and nary a grown-up (these kids referred to adults as grups) in sight.

To make a long story short, a virus was killing the population as soon as they reached puberty and quite frankly, the dodge ball teams on this planet were getting smaller and smaller. If you want to make a short story long, click here.

This Star Trek episode frequently comes to mind when I visit my local shopping mall . Some retailers seem to have an official policy against hiring grups.

Have you been to a Hollister or Abercrombie lately? Personally, I only gift shop there with the missus and yes I get the whole youth culture thing - didn't we baby boomers invent that?

But having to wait until the cashier finishes texting her BFF before I can ask, "Is this sweatshirt on sale?" is not the epitome of customer service. And when you ask to see the manager, they call someone from the backroom who looks like their mom still drives them to work. Jeez!

To be fair, some retailers such as Home Depot and Costco still hire a fair share of adults, but the dark side to this is that most of these grups have been displaced from other careers.

Retail will always be a young person's industry but who's minding the store?Let me know if you ask yourself "Where are the grups?" the next time you go shopping.
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