George W. Jenkins died in 1996. If you’re asking yourself who he is, that’s fine, I didn’t know who he was until I started to do a little research on the Publix story, for the purpose of writing this post.
The Purse Is Gone
My mom came home yesterday, dropped the groceries on the floor that she purchased, and reached for her purse. It was at that moment that she realized, in the midst of rushing to the car to avoid the rain with 6+ shopping bags in her hand, she left her purse at Publix.
The Publix Story Begins
On September 6, 1930, George W. Jenkins, the founder of Publix Supermarket Inc, opened his first store based on the philosophy that he should treat employees and customers like family. The company has even won numerous awards, that stem from this philosophy. No. 1 supermarket for customer satisfaction and one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” are some of the accolades that they have received over the years.
Fine, But Did She Find Her Purse
What does any of this have to do with my moms purse? Good question! On the way back to Publix, my mom realized that she had placed the cart in one of the storage stations in the parking lot, but forgot to take her purse with her. The amazing thing about this is that we live about 8 minutes from the Publix where we do our shopping. 8 minutes to the house and 8 minutes to get back to the parking lot to look for her purse, that’s a long time for a purse to be left unattended.
As soon as my mom walks in the store, the cashier asked her if she was looking for her purse, you damn skippy she was looking for her purse. The young man then informed her that it was located at the customer service booth. My mom thanked both of them and left, she also wanted to tip them, but they wouldn’t accept it.
I was truly amazed at this interaction. The values and core principles that George W. Jenkins established when he started his Publix Story, had persevered through the years. I share this because everyone is so quick to look for sensational topics to drive views, likes and clicks, but what we need to change this world is stories of caring and compassion. A philosophy that was created in 1930, held firm today in 2017.
I Don’t really like to be political in a public forum, but my point here is that all you TRUMP supporters, who condone every despicable and immoral action that he engages in, I hope you enjoy the world that you created for the next generation.
Oh yeah, nothing was missing out of the purse either.