Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Of all places: it began in a parking lot. I had stopped at a neighborhood pharmacy. I was not ready to turn off the car radio. I wanted to hear the conclusion. Also, I was aware of a young man who had come out of the store. He sat on the sidewalk in front of me where he had parked his bicycle, and took time to plug in his cell phone charger into the outlet which was available. I watched as he placed his purchases into his backpack. I was intrigued with his preciseness, his organization, and his quiet demeanor.
Suddenly, I was aware of the Manager coming out to speak to the young man. The talk was congenial, brief, respectful. At that point my radio program ended, so I left the car to do my shopping. As I did, I noticed the young man unplug his charger, pack up his purchases, and leave.
I went into the store. Spoke to the Manager, whom I knew. I asked, “Was there a problem with the young man outside?”
I learned that a customer in an “expensive” vehicle had driven up, noticed the young man, and had complained, “I am not comfortable with that person sitting outside MY store.”
The manager told me, “I know that young man. He shops here often. But if a customer complains, I have to remove him from the property.”
“Do you really have to?,” I asked.
No answer. I did not shop. I went back to my car, hoping to find the young man. He had left. I sat in my car and cried! I still cry.
I hope you also cry!!!!