When a customer placed another card from front of this one in the photo on Saturday I thought it was in error so I put the other card into its pocket. The same customer a couple of minutes later randomly picked a card and put it in front of this one. I asked why and they said because it’s pornography. I explained that many customers thought the card was funny the customer said I don’t care and walked out.
Another customer who saw what happened laughed and briefly clutched my arm – in comfort I think.
I’ve thought about both interactions a bit since it happened. Beyond the reminders that we serve a broad cross section of people in our shops and that our shops are public places, I have found myself questioning the ethics of what we sell.
I have no issue with this card. Indeed, I think it’s hilarious, and certainly not pornographic. But if someone does think it is pornographic then what do they think of other things we sell and what do they think of the business as a result?
While I don’t want to pander to fringe or extreme views, it is worth thinking through – to know where you stand.
I also wonder if this customer from Saturday is the person who slips Picture on the side so it can’t be seen? Are they the same person who covers DNA magazine? because someone does these things.