When it comes right down to it, we all make choices everyday that greatly impact our lives and the lives of others whether we realize it or not. Last week I made a choice to help with our vacation Bible school at our church. The choice was easy. The decisions I had to make throughout the week, not so much. Being the leader of 13 four year olds in itself is a job. Dealing with a few children that were having difficulty being part of the group, exhausting.
We talked a lot about making choices. Sometimes we make good choices, and sometimes we make bad choices.
There were some obvious good choices made with the group of kids this week. A lot of friendships made and sharing took place. There were also some not so good choices made like not listening, and running away from the group, scaring this old lady so much I was shaking. But all in all it was a great experience, and I believe I learned more than the kids did as I had to make choices on their behalf, and I was truly blessed.
Then there is my job. Choices are part of my day-to-day responsibilities. As manager of The LaRue County Herald News, it’s my job to make sure we are making good choices concerning content, pricing, placement and cost controls.
For a while now, the paper has been experiencing what we call ‘pilferage’ of our weekly newspaper. That’s where someone puts their money in one of our retail boxes, and instead of taking one paper, takes multiple copies without paying for them.
Not a good choice.
First of all, it’s stealing, and it’s punishable by law. Second of all, you are costing a local business revenue, because you stole the paper. It costs a lot of money to print the newspaper. It costs money to pay someone to deliver them. It costs money for us to check on these boxes, fixing what has been destroyed.
Our local paper boxes are set up as an honor system, making the assumption the purchaser will only take one paper from the rack once they put their coins in the machine. I’m sure many readers share this opinion that they pay for the paper, and so should these folks that continue to rob from us week after week.
If you have seen anyone tampering with or taking more papers than they pay for, please report it to our office or to the local police department. We appreciate our loyal readers, and ask for your assistance in helping us stop this crime.
Allison Shepherd is the general manager of The LaRue County Herald News and can be reached at (270) 358-3118 or by email at email@example.com