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I was stuck behind a flower delivery van on my way home tonight, waiting for the flow of cars to slow down enough so we could turn. The onslaught of oncoming cars stopped and still the van failed to pull forward. We sat there for a few moments with nothing coming towards us before they finally deemed it safe and they made the turn. I was following along behind as they slowly drove up the street and pulled into a driveway. Maybe it was a delivery, maybe they were just getting home for the night....
I passed by and couldn't help but think to myself that with as slow as that van had been moving that this was certainly not a service that I would be calling on in the future. Speedy delivery was definitely not their game.
It just had me thinking once again about how people should really pay attention to their actions when they have their business name plastered all over their vehicle. If you are the thoughtless idiot who speeds past me in the morning, weaving from lane to lane in a school zone without the use of your blinkers (true story), I can guarantee you that I will not be calling on your services... ever. If you show me you are rude (flipping me the bird because was in your way and going the posted speed limit - another true story). If you are reckless (see above comment about speeding and lack of blinkers) or if you are a red light runner then why should I want to support keeping you on the road?
Are people really not aware that everything they do is either a reflection of themselves or the company that they are representing? Whether you are off the clock or not, driving around in a so-called "company vehicle" (yes, I include moms in minivans with the name of their online scrapbooking service on the back window as a company car) your every move is still under observation.
So to the guy throwing a shopping cart full of Bud in the back of his construction truck... as an FYI, I'm going to be hesitant about hiring someone who obviously likes to par-tay. And for the moms whose logos are peeling and faded, and the dashboard of the car full of baby wipes and action figures, your claims that you 'put the special in a gal's special day' seems a bit too shabby for me to want to take a chance on. Well, that and I think its a pretty safe bet that your hands will be full handling your own brood and not focused on my special moment.