How would you manage a grocery store in 1900? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Ok, some of my regular new friends here. I want your opinion. In an attempt at humor, I posted the following in the "Y2K already causing problems" thread:

"The more I think about this, the more it bugs me. A grocery store will be easy in 2000. I can see the flame now, what about the inventory? What about the tax? Inventory, ease. Look at what's left, hitch up the horse, and bring cash to the warehouse. Tax? For every $100 you have, throw 4 in a bucket, even if the rate is 6%. If the state doesn't like it, tell them to audit you. Any questions?"

Forget the humor. Let's say oil isn't flowing any more, no matter, the refineries aren't working either. Let's also say that cash is the way to go, not out of the question. Let's also assume Wiseguy does have a horse farm, and enough are available to keep your store stocked. My question? What would you do when a hungry loooking DGI stranger tried to pay with a credit card you couldn't verify? What about that family of 5 that comes in every week, but whose MAC card isn't working? Would you trust them until next week? What about that old lady DGI with a worthless check? Would you give her some food? How is this country going to act if we do end up here? <:)=

-- Sysman (, February 11, 1999


Country store? What country store. What is enough for a country store to stay in business. One run on the store and the owner is done in. You say he has enough to keep his store stocked. Stocked with what? Hay? Hay will be gone in nothing flat! Paint? Who needs paint? Country Food Store? All it takes it about 50 people to walk into your store and buy you out and who will stand in line to pay you,? People will walk out the door with half your merchandise while you are waiting on 5 honest people who will pay for cash. In a country town atmosphere, it's just like Mayberry RFD, rumors fly quickly and the rest is history. Grandma, the family of 5, and all DGIs are SOL.

"Anyone living within 5 miles of Burger King is hamburger." Bardou

-- bardou (, February 11, 1999.

Thanks for the, ah, comment, Bardau. <):=

-- Sysman (, February 11, 1999.

If you are considering store-ship, consider not opening until 2001 or so. The possible devolution will take out just about all that we have and know (if we see a 10). Starting as we hit bottom, and putting the people together with the goods will be a start and then eventually, markets will start up, and then.....

See the 6 or 7 essays on living post 2001. (Lost the thread name now, but I'm sure someone remembers)


-- Chuck, night driver (, February 11, 1999.

No thanks, Chuck. I'm going to be to busy writing programs for the recovery. (big grin). <:)=

-- Sysman (, February 11, 1999.

Well, ah, you asked.

-- bardou (, February 11, 1999.

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