Sunday, February 22, 2009

A job worth doing

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves,
some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
~ Sam Ewing ~

Recently, I stopped at an unfamiliar gas station and filled up the tank. The station was at a busy intersection, had plenty of pumps, and a good flow of customers. Still, it looked dingy and depressed. An older woman was in the cashier's booth alone and she seemed pleasant enough. I wouldn't expect her to be out scrubbing pumps or sweeping after dark, but surely someone would care enough to clean up a little.

As I waited at the pump, I read the sign above my head. (I'm short so everything is above my head). The contrast between the signs' statements and the appearance of the station gave me cause to chuckle. I suppose someone found "a little better" way to put up the notice with duct tape.

No matter what your job is, someone will notice if you do good work and a LOT of people will notice if you don't.

The sign states:

Your visit,
a little better
From clean facilities and friendly service, to quality fuels – every
time you stop by, you can count on BP to make your day a little better.Thanks for filling up, and come back soon. For a little more fun, visit a little better


  1. That's too much. You know, the duct tape says it all.

  2. Having worked as an outside vendor for Corporate America a substantial portion of my life, this takes on added significance. I've often wondered whether corporate PR campaigns would be radically different if crafted by the regular employees. But also goes to show that although we consider companies and corporations to be legal entities or fictions, they really do "live and die" and have moods, like plants and humans.