Publix Super Markets, Inc., commonly known as Publix, is an employee-owned, premium American supermarket chain based in Lakeland, Florida. Publix has operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The stores that I have been in are all brighter and cleaner than the outlets of the number one retailer in the world.
They are well staffed and the people on the floor are more than helpful. Upon asking a man stocking shelves where I could find and item he gave me the aisle number and offered to take me there. This has happened to me more than once in these stores.
Lovely wife went in recently and purchased some items. After checking out a gentleman said to her, “it would be my pleasure to take your purchases to your car for you.” She politely declined.
A couple of key points here:
Publix is employee owned.
Publix is listed as 67th in the top 100 companies to work for by Forbes Magazine in 2011 report.
Now the Oreo factor, personally I measure a grocery store’s pricing by its price for a 1 pound bag of Oreos.
I used to get this package for around $2.00 then I started seeing them for 2 for $5.00. Ugh a 25 percent increase in price with no known reason. Now I am seeing them for $2.98 per package in stores back home.
In Publix yesterday I saw them for $3.98. Wowser! holy cow! what the hell?
I did not buy any Oreos.
But I will continue to shop at Publix, knowing full well that I am paying a little more for my purchases. I do so cheerfully; knowing that the profits are being shared more equitably with the workers in the store. I also consider the extra money spent, money well spent for the cleanliness and the service provided.
Went to the Publix store yesterday, and upon checking out I asked the young cashier if she ever got tired of seeing all these “old” people all day.
She smiled and said “No…. as long as they are not grumpy.”
I smiled back at her and replied. “You know, many of these people feel they have earned the right to be grumpy.”
These folks have spent their lives putting up.
Putting up with their children’s problems.
Putting up with being told what to do by their bosses.
Putting up with being told what to do by their spouse.
Putting up with being told what to do by their elected leaders.
Putting up with trying to survive through the hard times.
Putting up with the pain and suffering of losing a loved one.
Putting up with bill collectors hounding them for a late payment.
Putting up with watching the Detroit Lions lose another game.
Putting up with teenagers pulling up next to them at a stop light with the radio shaking their car.
Putting up with missing out on that promotion to an apple polishing brown noser.
Their buckets of “no you can’t do that’s” are full.
Every morning they wake up with the same pain they had yesterday and sometimes a new one is added to the mix.
They are now going to do what they want when they want, the world can go to hell.
Lil dog thinks it is time to get up every morning at no later than 7 am.
Makes no difference how late we were up last night; he just sits by the side of the bed and growls until he wakes me and then after I am up and about the little guy lays down his head and takes one of many naps.
So I get on the internet begin by reading about how ALEC has their conferences where they have highly trained professionals admonish Republican legislators for not pushing hard enough for their corporate agendas.
An agenda that runs the gamut from denying climate changes to privatization of schools.
More details at this link…
I then read about that clown from California is continuing with his childish behavior. Holding a hearing where he is the only one allowed to speak.
More details at this link…
Like I said sometimes a body just gets tired. Maybe I can sneak in a nap before anyone else gets up, woops too late.
Have another good day friends.
Yesterday I posted my interpretation of liberty. The posting was in response to a discussion on social media that I was involved in. My latest reply on that site will be shared here for those that do not have access to it.
“Sixty some years ago when I was a small child we had a dog. We used to open the door and let the dog run free; everybody did that in those days. The dogs had complete liberty. As time passed it became impolite to let your dog mess in someone else’s yard. Many communities passed ordinances making this action punishable. Now we walk dogs on a leash with pooper scooper in hand. The dogs have given up some of their liberty for the happiness of the masses. Can’t we, as humans, act accordingly without feeling we are restricted?”
We all give up liberties in our lives. Some give up liberties to belong to and adhere to the rules of religious sects or organizations. Some give up liberties to work in a certain occupation.
A large majority of elected Republicans have given up liberties by signing a pledge to political gadfly Grover Norquist. Most likely, ALL elected officials give up some liberties to maintain their required money flow. (Next election always looms on the horizon.)
However, will fully giving up liberties is a far cry from having your liberties taken from you by government laws and regulations.
Three that come to mind this morning are: The right to vote, the right to peacefully assemble and free speech and women’s right to choose.
These three liberties are under constant attack today by the radicals in our governments from the local to the national level and we must all continue in our efforts to remove these scoundrels from office.
Get involved and stay involved they are not backing off from their attacks.
Right now in Michigan there is an active group preparing to gather names on a petition to put a raise in the minimum wage on the ballot.
This action leads me to wonder.
Ballot issues have two main purposes, one to get the issue passed and two to get out the vote of a certain constituency.
I am left to wonder why this issue is being pursued. In a small gathering last week this topic was brought up and 6 of the 7 people involved thought raising the minimum wage was a bad idea.
One member stated “wait until you have to pay $5 for a $3 hamburger.”
This group consisted of primarily senior citizens that could be classified as moderate Republicans. (if such a thing still exists)
While this was not a wide spread focus group and should not be used for final decision making, in the recent past I have talked with younger people still in the work force and received similar responses. Not a good idea, if they raise minimum wage they will be making more than me and I have been working hard for six years.
I have tried to explain to them the domino effect of raising the minimum wage but it appears to fall on deaf ears. The right wing’s divide and conquer program has been firmly implanted into the minds of many of these people.
If the petition drive is successful and the issue gets on the ballot it will be defeated.
So I continue to wonder; what brain trust came up with this plan? And what is the goal of this effort?
Sunny Sunday morning, have some fun today!