Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My mother gets told

My mother was never a shrinking violet. She spoke her mind. She was fond of telling her story of her encounter with Aaron Frank, CEO of the large Portland department store, Meier and Frank.

As a young girl just out of high school mother got a job at the venerable Portland landmark.

In the employees day room was a memo stating, ALL EMPLOYEES SHOULD SHOWER DAILY.

As mother read the memo she became infuriated. Out of the corner of her eye she spotted the man himself walking through the store aisle.

Confronting him she asked why he would demean his employees by putting up such a sign.

"Little lady", he replied without a moments hesitation. "If I have have to kiss my employees tochases, they should at least be bathed" and strode away.


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