My store was broken into during night a few weeks ago.
The idiot somehow thought that tiny shops in a tiny village
(they broke into the flower shop next door too)
would store lots of cash over night (and on a Tuesday night).
The result was some unnecessary and expensive damages,
like replacing a special window and repairing the cash register.
His combined loot from our two shops was about 500 sek/60 usd.
Damages were at least 10 times that, none of it covered by insurance.
After the break-in I have felt even more fed up with the shop,
and lately I have basically only been open when I've felt like it.
We are officially putting it up for sale a month from now.
Yesterday I had to confront a shoplifter in the store.
It is a woman who has had some very rough years, I believe.
She came to the shop maybe 6 months ago and we talked for an hour,
about her problems and about what kind of help she could seek.
Since then I've heard stories, about how she has started
stealing and gotten banned from basically every shop
in the county. But even though I saw her around alot
she never came back to my store. Vainly I thought it was
because I had shown her care and consideration that one time.
But she did come back yesterday, and as soon as she thought
I wasn't looking she tried to take some earrings.
I experienced a tinge of disappointment,
but mostly I just feel sorry for her, and for people in general.
Life is f***ing hard.
Tonight as I was driving home along the narrow two-lane
highway, I spotted a cyclist. The young man was wearing nothing
but shorts and a t-shirt, and I slowed down to let an oncoming car
pass by before I'd overtake him. Suddenly the cyclist hit the gravel
next to the asphalt, lost control and did a crazy flip right into
the middle of the road. I hit the brake and came to a halt
just a couple of meters away from his sprawled out body.
Right behind me was the county bus commute
and I can't stop thinking about how the bus wouldn't
have been able to stop in time. As it was, the young man got up,
screamed and tossed his bike in the ditch in anger.
I was too shocked to stop and check on him, so I just drove on.
I really hope he is ok.