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.
~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.