Today, there was a huge trailer out in front of store #7849, on Marlton Pike in East Camden, dropping off its load of stock, evident by the long line of carts and boxes strewn in front of the building.
It’s understandable as there’s always a measured amount of chaos that exists anytime mass stock is coming in anywhere. But once things are checked in and put away, some semblance of order and cleanliness should return to the establishment. It’s like some sort of law of nature and work, evident in the best past practices of successful enterprises.
But surprisingly, those laws of nature and work don’t seem to exist in East Camden.
I had the opportunity to stop in the store Sunday and was somewhat amazed at what I saw. Actually what I witnessed appears to be par for the course at #7849. Merchandise is usually piled high on top of rolling carts in the aisles waiting to be put away. The same merchandise blocks many of the shelves and aisles and in turn, blocks a way out in case of any type of emergency. And as the first store had an untimely fire, you would think that clearing the aisles would be a priority.
Also, there was in play an erroneous policy where you had to check your bags, any bags, once you entered the store. But that policy has since ceased probably over objections raised by customers complaining that the rule was one initiated only in Camden and not in other stores in the region.
And that brings to bear my main point; that businesses will look to do things in the inner city that they know won’t fly anywhere else. Anything from poor housekeeping and lax safety standards to possibly illegal lost prevention practices seem to be just fine with store management. They do this because we residents allow them to do so. It’s time we’ve stopped that; past time actually.
As a community, let’s take a stand for safety, order, courtesy and cleanliness and demand that those who would come into our backyard and take our money recognize that they must adhere to the same standard that they adhere to in other neighborhoods.
The laws of consumerism do exist in the hood and it’s time we as residents recognize and demand that they be followed.