I got to demo at the Tattered Angels booth and that was fun. I love to demo more than I like to teach. And we all know that I love to teach. It is fun because I get to see everyone that I would normally miss being stuck in the classroom all day.
Oh I love everyone at Tattered Angels. Kyle, Jeff and Liz are a blessing to work with. I had a blast. We at dinner on Saturday at the Cheesecake Factory. It was fun and we laughed all night long.
Mandie came down for the weekend. Since she has been running the Rusty Pickle Race she has been crazy, so she came down and hung out with me. I got to meet Kim Garner and Kathie Davis from The Rusty Pickle Design Team.
It was like old home weekend...
So as we are packing up the booth, I look over at the dumpster and there are a group of people.
Curiosity killed the cat so why not me.
I walk over and apparently Advantus decided to throw away all of the Heidi Swapp product that they had left. To make matters worse, they would throw the product in the dumpster then they opened up PINK and WHITE acrylic paint and poured it in between each dump of product.
Now, let me say this...
The reason why they squeezed the paint on the product is because they did not want the other vendors to be able to resell the product. I get that.
My question is why would that be your first gut reaction.
Why would you beleive that your product is so important to others that you would even contemplate destorying it so that no one else could ever benefit from it. And if someone is so in need why not give it away.
I can think of a dozen different reasons off of the top of my head as alternative to simply throwing it in the dumpster.
They could have given it away at the crop. They could have offered it to a local school. They could have given it to one of the local Boys and Girls Club. They could have given it to a Senior Center. They could have even called one of the three local agencies that would have come and packed up the booth and taken all of the product and donated it to any number of places like United Cerabal Palsy Foundation.
So in my moral indignation I climbed into the dumpster with all of the paint and product and proceeded to pull all of it out and put it into boxes.
My hands were so full of paint that I had to wait for them to dry so that I could pull the paint off in chunks. My fingers were stuck together. I rubbed my hands over a garbage pail and watched paint fall off. I washed them and clogged up two sinks in the bathroom.
So after a great meal at the Cheesecake Factory, Kathie, Kim, Mandie and I stopped at a Walmart and purchased a plastic drop cloth and boxes and boxes or zip top bags.
We went back to Kim and Kathie's hotel room and began to take all of the packaging off of the product and bag it up.
It was a mess. There was so much paint everywhere. It took us more than four hours from just after midnight to almost 4 am.
Kathie's flight left at 8 am so she stayed up because she was so tired she thought that she would sleep through the alarm.
All I want to say to them is Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!!
You know they could have dropped me and those boxes off at my house and said that this is your fight and gone on about their merry way.
Most of it was so full of paint that we just had to throw it out. The paint was so caked on that it took two people working together to put it in a bag.
Can you tell how pissed I am? I am not by any means close to being so morally righteous that I cannot see that this is just WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG.
So I have dropped some of it off at a place here in my town that can use it for art supplies and one of my tweeps Holly Berlin works with special needs kids. So I am putting a box of foam stamps and some other stuff that they can use.
Let me say this and then I am going to crawl down off my soap box...
In an economy and time in human history where paying it forward is on the forefront of everyone's mind. People are losing their homes, families are struggling to put food on the table and jobs are hard to find.
All I can say is SHAME ON YOU ADVANTUS, SHAME ON YOU!!!
until we meet again,