Friday, 22 July 2016

#VirtueSignalling Level: Boss

Harold Saunders, of Basildon, was on his way to work at 5.30am when he went to the BP garage, off of the Roundacre roundabout, Basildon.
On his way in, he was stopped by a man who gave him some money and asked him to buy a coffee on his behalf.
As an opening gambit to begging more money for drugs or booze.
Mr Saunders said: “I asked him why he couldn’t buy himself a coffee.
“He said that they wouldn’t allow him to go in to the petrol station because he is homeless.
“I told to him to come in with me.
“He initially refused but after some persuasion he came into the store with me.
“I immediately asked the cashier why he wouldn’t serve the homeless man a drink and he pointed me towards the manager.”
With an eye-roll of epic proportions, I suspect...
When Mr Saunders spoke to the manager, he was told that it is BP policy to not serve homeless people at the garage.
Mr Saunders said: “I asked him how he sleeps at night.
Probably pretty well. Why wouldn't he?
“I left and gave the gentlemen my latte.
“I was honestly shocked and appalled at how such a large company are conducting themselves on such a small matter.
“I know the homeless seem to congregate outside the BP, but instead of being proactive they are being negative towards them which in my eyes is bang out of order.
“BP makes billions in profits annually.
“They should be feeding the homeless or even setting up little charities to help them, not treating them like this.
“They should hang their heads in shame.
“They made him feel like he was completely nothing.
“It’s an absolute disgrace what they did.”
*yawns* Oh. Have you finally finished? Sorry, I dropped off there for a minute...

Surprisingly, for once, BP showed a bit of backbone:
BP has defended its decision, saying the garage has a problem with a group of homeless people who congregate on the forecourt.
A spokesman from BP said: "We work to ensure our stores are safe and meet the requirements of all our customers.
"We do not have any policy that discriminates against customers who may be homeless.
"We will, however, decline to serve those who disrupt our business or our other customers.
"In recent months, we have had an issue with a number of individuals persistently loitering and begging for money outside the store on our Basildon site, disrupting our other customers.
"We have made clear to these individuals that their presence is disrupting our business and we will not serve them."
/applause

Let's see more of this from big companies, faced with this sort of thing.

7 comments:

Antisthenes said...

Being charitable is not always as noble an attribute as some would have you believe. It has it's place in our society as what society could function properly without it. Neighbours helping one another out on occasions has it's place but it has it's limits. However when sentiment supplants common sense, logic and reason then being charitable can become something far more sinister. It becomes a means to enable exploitation and extortion. Progressives and socialists love it and frequently use it as a tool to subjugate, bribe and manipulate us.

The result of course is the legalising of theft to deprive us of our money to pay for them to further their ambitions. They say it is to help the deprived and less well off. In fact it's to help them gain power and any good it does, which often is not that much, is just a side effect. If you believe otherwise then I suggest we curtail most of the redistribution of wealth that we engage in. After which if you see any difference it will be that we are all better off including the so called deprived and poor.

Charitable organisation have a tendency to put less of the contributors money to good uses than to the running of the organisation (there are exceptions the RNLI comes to mind). If charities can waste our money so efficiently think what governments can do, they are the kings of charities after all. Local and national not forgetting the EU that so many of us want to belong so must love charitable giving as the EU send so much of our money to all parts of it's vast empire and keeps it's administrators in luxury beyond their wildest dreams.

So that is what happens when we become obsessively charitable. Apart from which on an individual scale I have found to my cost that recipients of charity are not always grateful it can cost more than the original donation either in money or kind or abuse.

Apologies for the length of comment. I know almost a blog in it's own right.

stengle said...

I am always amused by the 'liberal' approach that "they make millions in profit every year so therefore they should...(fill in current outrage)"

Here's the thing: companies and businesses make millions (if they are so lucky) because people either trust their product, find it convenient or when they go to places that sell or provide a service then the 'customers' (that reviled body of souls hated by the caring, sharing left) feel at ease.

As soon as they stop feeling safe and start being uneasy, people will stop going. The greedy corporation (usually a business rather than a state organ like the BBC, who can never be accused of anything bad) will then see its profit fall.

When BP goes out of business, its forecourts can then become, I dunno, say playgrounds for the homeless. Or private car wash places who will not care a teensy bit about those that sleep rough.

Anonymous said...

Bunny

I will use BP more often, always assuming that their pricing is competitive.

Andrew Scarborough said...

The solution is simple, BP offer the homeless jobs, homeless bugger off.

ivan said...

So the mark fell for it hook, line and sinker. Now we only have to wait to find out how many of the 'homeless' in the area try to get him to buy them food and drinks the next time he goes there.

Can these liberal leftie SJWs be so thick?

Mike Cunningham said...


When any approached me, my one reply was 'get stuffed, I work too damn hard for my cash to give it away without a fight!'

JuliaM said...

"However when sentiment supplants common sense, logic and reason then being charitable can become something far more sinister. "

And that's when 'the glue that holds society together' becomes an impediment.

"I am always amused by the 'liberal' approach that "they make millions in profit every year so therefore they should...(fill in current outrage)"..."

Me too. So what? It's what they formed the company to do, FFS!

"The solution is simple, BP offer the homeless jobs, homeless bugger off."

Heh!

"Can these liberal leftie SJWs be so thick?"

I'm guessing that question's rhetorical?

"When any approached me, my one reply was 'get stuffed, I work too damn hard for my cash to give it away without a fight!'"

Southend High St in summer is a magnet for beggars. Getting hassled for change is, like excessive heat and mosquitoes, something I dread every year.