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Most people who know me know that I am a voracious reader. I read one book a week and it's been two lately. I don't watch much television except for Sci-fi Fridays ( Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, and The New Battlestar Galactica what a lineup! ) which gives me the time to read that much more and truthfully I highly recommend turning off the TV and picking up a book. You can get all your news off the internet too which gives you more of a reason not to watch TV.

I spend a lot of time during the week at my local Barnes and Noble. The staff there is great, but there is something that caught my attention recently. I've noticed as I sit in the cafe, that there is a large amount of flies ( fruit flies I overheard ) that fly around the cafe area. Enjoying that cookie or brownie with your latte? Well, if a fly has it's way consider that five bucks you just spent gone! They hover around everything that has sugar from your snack to the syrup used in coffee near the point of sale itself. And it's not just one or two flies there are plenty of them.

But what really got my attention was what I overheard the employees saying the company is doing about this which is nothing. The workers have asked for a flytrap-like light device to clamp down on the problem, but the company has said that it's too expensive to put in all the stores! So that means the corporate executives all-knowing that they are, would rather their customers and employees work and eat near flies! They say it's too expensive but what are they spending their money on? How much do the top executives earn? How much is the CEO making? How much money do they pay their board of directors? You mean to tell me they can't take care of an insect problem? And from what I overheard it's not just that one store it's going on in, it's numerous B & N stores throughout the area. This above situation makes you think about what a corporation will do to cut costs at the expense of others.

It does not matter where this sort of thing happens. Whether it be in the inner city or Westchester County, NY. This shows the lack of consideration by top management that often rears it's ugly head. But don't take my word for it, go to the B & N in either Hartsdale, NY or Yonkers, NY and see for yourself. Just sit there or go up to the register and look at the walls or near the syrup bottles and you'll see the flies. If anyone else has seen this problem in other B & N stores throughout the country I'd sure like to know.

Originally posted to progressiveny04 on Thu Feb 09, 2006 at 05:44 PM PST.

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