Friday, September 27, 2013

Lie and then Blame The Customers

Pro 20:10  Unequal weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD. 

I have found that unselfishness pays because it tends to engender unselfishness. --J. C. Penney

The old and honored retail adage,"The customer is always right" is wrong at JC Penny (and no, I refuse to use their grammatically incorrect all-lower-caps logo):

DENVER - A CALL7 hidden-camera investigation finds the discounts at one major national retailer may not be as significant as shoppers would think, after finding prices on tags were marked up so the item can then be placed on "sale."

"Don't you think that's deceptive to the customers?" Rabon asked.

"Well, that's what the people want," the manager said.

"That's what the people want? Is to pay more?" Rabon asked.

"Well, yeah. They wanted coupons and sales. You know when you have coupons and sales, you have to have, the price has to be higher," the manager replied.

End quote.

~ABC News from Denver

On the one hand, its pretty much like anything else. For example, the horrific preachers we have today in "Christianity" are in fact giving what the customers  want (yes, they are seen as "giving units"---and marketing strategies are used to make "churches" bigger with more money coming in), and deceptive leaders are only happy to oblige.

Worldlings are worldlings, whether in the religious sector, market sector or the political one.

And people are too willing to be gullible, especially if it feeds their flesh.

However all that said, to blame the customers for the deception instead of taking responsibility for it is disgusting.

Kind of sounds like Adam's blame-shifting when he blamed "the woman You gave me" before God when asked why he sinned, in Genesis 3.

Does God care about deception even in retail? You better believe He does.

Pro 20:14  "Bad, bad," says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts. 

Pro 20:17  Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. 

Pro 20:23  Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good. 

Mic 6:11  Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights? 12  Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth

God won't bless the JC Penney current company. The founder was a professing Christian and no doubt would be absolutely enraged and horrified at what the company has become and done in his name and to his name: of his seven principles for fair pricing and good service, one was:  "To test our every policy, method, and act in this wise: 'Does it square with what is right and just?'". In fact, his first store was called "The Golden Rule" which was based on what his parents taught him: to be fair with others. (Of course in this Post-Modern age, what "right and just" are has changed to be subjective and fluid instead of what is biblical--the worldview that Penney grew up with--so it's no shock that today's JCP doesn't even CARE much less DO what is "right and just"). Penney strove to be a fair and honest retailer, even refusing to sell liquor to his biggest client when times were tough. Penny and his stores faced bad financial times more than once. But how he handled it compared to how JCP handles it today is the difference between night and day. 

For a fascinating article on the life of James Cash Penney, go here ( I don't typically post from " 'Christianity' " so always proceed with caution at that site). Here is the book that the article was somewhat based on.

When they continue to boldly push sodomy and then be deceptive with prices and tactics, treating the customer not only without respect, but as stupid and a pump for money, how can the thrice holy God bless such wickedness?

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