Rules meant to be broken

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dear Editor,
On Saturday, Feb. 23, I was shopping at the Community Thrift Store on Dorchester Road where I often shop for clothing for my family. I was in line to check out with many others…it was a busy day for the thrift store.
I saw a neighbor and her 15-year-old mentally challenged daughter. This customer purchased $40 of clothing and had a very small well-used stuffed dog her daughter had picked out and was told she could purchase. The little dog could not have cost more than 99 cents. There was no price tag on it, so the cashier said that it could not be purchased.
I offered to give her $5 to purchase the dog, but no, it could still not be purchased. Another customer offered $10…nope, could not be purchased.
I asked them to go and make a price tag for the item; no, not our policy. It will have to go back into the pricing area.
Sadly, the little girl was told she could not have the dog and she had a meltdown, crying hysterically.
Is this a “Community” Thrift Store? Aren’t rules made to be broken if it benefits someone? Especially someone given such a cross to bear in their life? Let’s face it, the little dog was a donation, it cost the store nothing. Could they have just this one time bent the rule a little? Not according to the cashier, assistant manager and manager.
That will be the last time I purchase anything from the “Community” Thrift Store.
Ramona Suprenant

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