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|Monday, July 20, 2009|
I was recently playing racquetball with my friend Rick (I won for once, yeah me!) After we were done Rick asked me if I thought that businesses here are more ethical than in other places.
It got me to thinking about an incident that happened to me a few years back.
I owned a hot tub and wanted to sell it. A buyer came over and asked me whether, if she bought it, she could continue to keep it in my back yard for a month until she had her deck finished. No problem.
I didn’t hear from her again for four months. In all that time, the empty spa sat in my open, unfenced back yard and it remained untouched. Finally one day she called, came over and picked it up.
Now, if I was still in California, that tub would have been stolen, I am sorry to say.
But not here. Here, I have found, people generally, and small business owners specifically, are incredibly trusting and honest. As I am wont to say, especially to my old friends in California, “It’s like I live in Mayberry.” It never ceases to amaze my wife and I just how decent the people in this state are. Maybe if you have lived here your whole life it is not so noticeable, but boy, do we transplants appreciate it.
Have you had similar incidents with shopkeepers here in Oregon? I would love to hear about it.
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