Save Mart / harassment of customer
A long time Save Mart shopper went to the Save Mart store in Reedley on April 29, 2009, and gave an employee a gift of 3 homemade rolls on her lunch break. When the employee had worked in that store a year or so before he was always grouchy but now appears to be in a much better mood. She took him the rolls because she felt he deserved a "Random Act of Kindness" for the positive change in his attitude. Before she checked out with her purchase she was approached by the manager and asked if she had given the employee the bag of rolls. She said she had. He wanted to know who gave her the bag to give to the employee and didn't want to believe that it was from her and that she had made them. It WAS from her and she HAD made them. She was TOLD to pay for her purchases and then go with him to the back room. He made such a scene in front of the other customers that they stared at her and she felt like they thought she had shoplifted. She was humiliated in front of all the other customers.
In the back he told her there is a policy that employees can not receive things from customers. She said she has given home baked things to employees before with no problem. He treated her like a crook for her kindness. He also told her that the employees get paid for their work and do not need anything else. He verbally hinted at threats of police involvement if she did not sign a form saying she will never enter that store again. She signed the form because she felt threatened by him. The manager was very rude to her. He walked her to the door of the store and made sure she left.
Since when is kindness a crime? Especially such a crime that you are not allowed back into a store? Since the incident she has heard all kinds of rumors about herself. All false, I should add. Even one saying she is a stalker. What she is, is a very kind giving lady that thinks of others before herself. Save Mart needs to fire that manager and get their act together not harass customers when they show kindness.