McCoy's employee "Bobby" confronted me at the cash register after I
had selected 2 sheets of plywood to board up my windows to protect my
property from Rita's fury,
He said that the plywood was for McCoy's employees only. Several of
us were denied supplies so that McCoy's employees would have first
choice at their materials.
I was flabbergasted that a company would have such a policy -
"Customer's come last at McCoys Building Supply Centers."
I have to assume that "Bobby" was the manager.
Yes, I raised hell and was told to leave the store. I refused and
they said they would call the police. I said "go ahead" and they
did call the police.
But hurricane Rita was bearing down and the police did not come
while I was there.
I left without the plywood.
Thanks for understanding.
Without knowing any more details, let me throw out a few theoretical
Maybe the plywood was already spoken for, by the employee(s).
Maybe the only reason the ply was still on the shelf was that the
employee(s) were there, at work.
Maybe the reason they were at work was to try to help other people
rather than take care of their own needs.
Maybe there's more to it than your simple story.
Legally, any store can refuse to do business with ANYONE, for any reason.
That's how stores were able to avoid black customers back in the day. But,
only a complete asshole of a manager would actually do that. The police
probably wouldn't have been able to help, unfortunately.
Sort of simplistic...There was a little more to it than that. In fact
I don't recall laws ("back in the day") allowing refusal of services
to a customer to be as obvious as in current times, but I was younger
then. Black people "abided"; so to speak, to unwritten laws...
The store was wrong.
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
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