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older people Lennie’s father was set in his ways and didn’t want to change
When he saw
the new layout and the new cases; he was lost and couldn’t find anything.Also there were none of their homemade
products, and it was too much.Lennie
had to take him in the back office to cool down.
When his Dad
had settled down enough, Lennie told him what he saw in the cases were products
that cost less than half of what it cost him to make them. People wouldn’t
pay the higher prices even though the home made stuff was much better.
his dad to watch the customers as they shopped and then went to the checkout
stand. He explained it took less than half the staff to run the shop now.
was worried about the workers who worked there for years and Lennie said they
have retired like you.
Lennie said we are making money but in the future we will start to lose
again.This neighborhood is a slum in
the making and we must sell now or we won’t be able to salvage anything from
wanted to know how someone else could make money and Lennie couldn’t.
they will be willing to do things I can’t bring myself to sell and will be
skirting the letter of the law.
getting tired of explaining and arguing so he finally said it is either sell
and live comfortable the rest of your life or go broke and live on the dole in
a one room apartment till you die.
I need to
get some employment for I have worked without pay for too long and am about
still wanted to argue and said you ruined the business by bringing the junk in
handed his father the keys to the store and said, “You haven’t listened to
anything I’ve said. You haven’t worked here for three years and don’t know what
has happened to the neighborhood.
who live here now don’t want our old products, they won’t buy them, and if you
want to bring them back be my guest.
You will be
completely broke in a month and will owe money you can’t pay and be foreclosed
I’m out of here.You know where I live
for the next week then I have to move because I can’t pay my rent.
stood there mumbling and shaking the keys.He locked the doors and walked through the neighborhood once again. He
could see how it was beginning to be run down and just a few people he knew
sitting on their stoop to try to cool off.
The ones he
knew were getting old and weren’t long for this world.
He began to
feel uncomfortable for some young guys were staring at him.He hailed a cab and went to Lennie’s
apartment and handed him the keys and said; “Sell,”and left.
The next day
Lennie met with the new buyers and a couple weeks later the deal was done. They
paid in cash which sped up the process.
the proceeds and paid off his folk’s house, set up a bank account for
them.With their government check they
were in good financial shape.
He was all
but flat broke since he never took any of the proceeds for himself. He didn’t
want his siblings to say he took advantage of the folks so he gave them a
complete accounting of the transaction along with the fact he had worked for
free the last three years.
Of course they all said he should have taken wages
but they didn’t understand it was that money he used to change the store over
to a profitable enterprise.
In any case
he could breathe freely once again for he was liberated of that
responsibility.Now it was time for him
to plan his own future.