For our Fourth of July blog post (and welcome back to Blog Wednesdays, by the way!) I'm going to write about something that seems kind of ... well ... weird.
I want to talk about bathrooms.
You see, here at Pear Tree, we have a firm policy that anyone who needs to can use our restroom. ANYONE. Whether they are a paying customer or someone who has just come in off the sidewalk and just really REALLY needs a bathroom, ours is available for use.
This sometimes weirds people out. Shouldn't we make sure this person is going to make a purchase before they use our bathroom? Shouldn't we be concerned that random strangers are using our bathroom? What if they don't actually buy anything? What if they use the last of the toilet paper -- they're not paying for the toilet paper! Or the water! Or the soap for washing their hands! YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THESE PEOPLE!
Here's our thing: We don't HAVE to know them. And we don't CARE that they might not buy something. And that is because:
- We know that we have all been there -- everyone has had one of those situations where they were like, WHOA, we need to find a restroom.
- We believe that everyone, every single person, is deserving of kindness and consideration.
- We believe in focusing on what is important -- in this case, making sure that no one has to deal with the indignity of an accident or emergency.
You see, we truly believe that we are all in this together, and we need to treat each other well. All of us. We need to consider circumstances, fairness, kindness, respectfulness, and humanity when we deal with each other in all situations.
On this Fourth of July holiday, we would just like to ask everyone to consider the principles that this country was founded on, and remember the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty, and treat all people -- no matter where they come from, no matter what they do, no matter what language they speak or what they're wearing or what religion they practice -- as fellow humans, deserving of kindness and consideration.
And if you should come into the store? We welcome you. You have friends here.
Happy Fourth of July.