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    Kitties make me VERY happy!

    So today I was wearing my Pet Talk "Kitties make me happy" T-shirt. This morning I stopped in at the Kroger supermarket to pick up a few groceries. As I was finishing up with the cashier, a guy came over to help with the bagging. He then asked me "Do kitties make you happy?" I said yes.

    Then he asked "Do they make you happy when they kill birds and mice?" I said, "Mine don't go out, so they don't kill birds and mice." He then said "If a bird got into your house, they'd kill it."

    I said, "Well, that's their nature." He said, "Cats are carnivores. They eat meat." .. like this was some awful, horrible, shameful things that cats do.

    I said "I don't eat meat. My cats do. They have to have meat. That's their nature, the way they're made." He went on some more about cats EATING MEAT..

    At that point, I left with my groceries, rather astounded that this guy, a store employee, made such a big deal out of challenging my T-shirt message and apparently trying to embarrass me.

    This evening I told my sister and her partner about it. They were both outraged and thought I should make a complaint to the store's customer service. Maybe I'll stop in again tomorrow and do that.
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    He needs to not work in a store that sells meat, if he is so vehement about it. Sheesh! or t least not be allowed to interact with customers ....
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    Next time you can tell him that people who didn't appreciate cats lead in great part to the rise of the Bubonic Plague in Europe. So he should be thankful for cats, unless he wants to experience the Black Death for himself!
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    Oh, that's a good one! The Bubonic Plague!

    Thanks, Karen.
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

    -- Sir Terry Pratchett (19482015), Sourcery

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    I wonder how he feels about customers buying meat in the store.

    I think cat haters latch onto whatever reason they can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrspunkysmom View Post
    I wonder how he feels about customers buying meat in the store.

    I think cat haters latch onto whatever reason they can find.
    Exactly! Does he give customers who buy meat a hard time too??

    I would complain to the manager. He needs to learn to keep his thoughts to himself at work.
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    I run into the odd Cat hater too, I just say to each his own, and stop the conversation.
    What a nerve that idiot has to talk to a customer like that when the customer is helping pay his wages.
    I would put in a complaint , you dont have to take that nonssense
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    You should report the incident to the store manager, Pat. It was not appropriate and was uncalled for. Attitudes and "conversations" such as that, will cause customers to rethink where they do their shopping. I'm sure the manager would not want that...........
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    Well, I stopped over at Kroger and told the Customer Service person about this. She said she'd try and narrow down who it was and say something to him.

    She said "Maybe he just didn't know any better."

    I said, "It's not just saying something like that to a customer as an employee. It's a matter of, well, having been brought up right and learning basic manners."

    (I thought he was older than teenager level, maybe 20s or 30s as I told her, but he's likely part of that population segment that all the time think it's great to say rude things to strangers, part of the YouTube and Facebook and Twitter generation.)

    I can see her, if she does bother with figuring out who it was, telling him "This crazy-cat-lady came in to make a complaint about what you said to her yesterday."

    And him replying "I was just making a joke! She has no sense of humor!"

    And them agreeing on that but her telling him not to say things like that to customers, or maybe just crazy-cat-lady customers.

    Oh, well, I did report it.
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phesina View Post
    Well, I stopped over at Kroger and told the Customer Service person about this. She said she'd try and narrow down who it was and say something to him.

    She said "Maybe he just didn't know any better."
    [snip]
    Oh, well, I did report it.
    Do also write and mail a letter to the store manager and send a copy to corporate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Do also write and mail a letter to the store manager and send a copy to corporate.

    Agreed! A customer service person is at the bottom of the totem pole - take the issue to the top dogs. SERIOUSLY - don't let this idiot have a laugh on you - show him via the big guys that count - that you were offended by his inappropriate behavior toward you.
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    Cats love views, sun, and heat. I work at home, and I've watched the progression of the sun through the windows. The cats follow it, placing their bodies to make the most of sun and heat.

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    That was not only unprofessional, it was rude and ignorant. I've never had that happen when I do my grocery shopping. When checking out with a supply of Fancy Feast (Amigo's favorite), the clerks ask about him and how he's doing. A few times the employees have told me about their cats and what wonderful companions they are. When you write to their corporate headquarters, give them names along with the date and if possible the approximate time of the incident. You can be sure that they don't want to lose your business.
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    This guy is an unhappy person that needs to leave his views at home. This manager is not customer focused. Call corporate.
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