Before you read any further, I just want to state the following: Everyone can be considered a hypocrite and this is just my point of view. As you know, on Charlie in the City, I just write stories from my point of view. You might disagree or agree.. but it’s just for the entertainment. Believe me, I know that everyone can be a hypocrite some times.
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Working in a shop allows you to meet thousands of different people. From the cute old people, that really want to learn about new technology because they also want to ‘Facebook’ with their grandchildren. To annoying teenagers who think they know more than you, but still need your help.
Today, I came across a new type of customer: the hypocrite.
He came in and asked my colleague about an Iphone 6 with a contract. So, my colleague started doing his job and told him some prices. This was the beginning of the end. Let’s call the customer mr. X. So, mr X then started to preach about how bad it is that we sell phones that are hand made by little kids in Asia who die while working. Wow. That escalated quickly, I thought. This was just his introduction to his ‘so called’ life lesson that he felt like teaching us.
Mr. X felt the need to stress that our company policy is corrupt. That we earn money on the backs of those little children. That the system of contracts for mobile phones and the fact that you sign a contract for an amount of call credit or internet usage was bad. That our company is drenched with the propaganda that exist in the United States and it should stay there. That our bank system is frizzed up. That we shouldn’t be thinking about the importance of money, but that we should do everything out of love. That there is going to be a big war, because every generation thus far has suffered the consequences of a war. That the dutch government is trying to steal our independence by giving us a social security number. That we should ditch that number because we didn’t chose to have a number at birth, but the states gives it to us. That the world is just frizzed up.
To conclude by saying these following sentences: Yeah, I actually just want to know the prices and stuff, because I want to make a television program about this. Oh and what is the price of the Iphone 6 without contract and with a contract? Because I already have a contract, but I think I need a new phone.
WHAT THE HELL DUDE?!
Did I say anything to this guy? No, I didn’t. When you start working in a shop, you learn not to go with discussions that are pointless. Even though, this was an interesting point of view that mr. X proposed, it was not really suitable for the setting I was in. So, I kept quiet. Till now.
Dear mr. X,
I find your point of view very interesting and honestly, you have a point about some things. I know that the working conditions in some countries are poor and we should not buy stuff from factories that have their staff working like pigs. I get that. But why did you come to my shop to preach? I have to give you some credit, because you had the balls to do something a normal person wouldn’t do. But seriously, what did you think would come from you preaching? Did you think I would immediately start saving the world? Maybe you just wanted to fuel my brain with thoughts and might trigger some world savior in me. Maybe. Or did you have a hidden agenda and just wanted to make us feel bad. But why do you feel superior to me and think it’s okay to tell me how I should live my life. I know the world is frizzed up. I know that, if I could change that, I would. Anyone would.
I get your frustrations about the unfairness of this world and hearing you say you’re a social entrepreneur or whatever you called yourself, doesn’t mean you’re better than me. Especially the fact you entered the shop asking about one of the newest and priciest phones on the market. And not because you NEED a new phone. But WANT a new phone. You talk about how money should not be important and that love is the most important thing ever. But you’re probably forgetting the fact that the world we now live in, revolves about the dollar or every other currency. Plus, you know you have to pay that phone with money and not with love. Nowadays, we don’t trade a piece of bread for a glass of wine. We change the euro’s for some water. Let’s be honest and maybe think out of the box. We often see that poorer people are capable of more loving than people that actually have money. Still they are poor when it comes to the first needs in life, like a roof or even some water.
So, Mr. X, you know how you would have really impressed me? I would be so impressed if you would conclude your preaching with: And that’s why I don’t need and want a phone. I would be impressed if you said that you did not want to fuel the money bank that’s behind the electronics market. I would be so frizzing impressed if you would use letters to communicate and thus create sustainable jobs. I would be so f-ing impressed if you actually did you what you preached. And I mostly I would be so impressed, If you were not being the biggest hypocrite I have ever met.