Back when I worked at the factory, I sometimes stopped at quick-shop type stores after work to get a few items for the kitchen or the fridge. Prices are always high in such places so, a few times, I stopped at the Kroger’s store instead. Of course, Kroger’s is no discount store, but it’s cheaper than the quick-shops.
Now, the big sign at the top of the store said “Open 24/7.” I learned, though, that there was no need for me to stop on Friday nights. I was surprised the first time I pulled in after getting off the afternoon shift on a Friday after midnight to a semi-dark store and an empty parking lot. I was surprised again a few weeks later when I forgot and stopped by again after work on a Friday. You see, it turned out that they closed down for six hours each week from midnight on Friday to six AM on Saturday. So why didn’t they put up a sign that said “sun-fri 24hrs, sat 6AM-12AM?” I guess they preferred to lie. Incidentally, they’re now open at that location from 6AM-12AM daily.
Recently, my stepson has been working a job where he gets off sometime after 3AM. By that time, he’s getting hungry so, a couple times lately, he stopped at Burger King’s drive-through to get a burger. The sign says “Open 24/7.” Guess what? They aren’t. It turns out that they close every night from 3-4 AM. They came to the window and he asked them why their sign said that they were open 24/7, but they just gave him some flimsy excuse for their lying. The workers were there; they just weren’t serving customers. Now I can understand if they need to be closed to clear the registers and balance their books or something, but why not put up a sign that says “23/7,” rather than lie to people? I guess they think that it looks so good on the sign that they’re willing to alienate any potential late-night customers for the chance to lie about it. It don’t make no sense to me! © 2013-