I went shopping for a few birthday gifts for my nieces this past weekend. The taste in toys that these kids possess seems to change with the wind, so it’s hard to say if what I bought them will be an unexpected hit, or a big flop. Either way, I was excited because I wouldn’t have minded keeping the toys for myself! The toys themselves were music instruments – one was a small plastic guitar, the other was a set of bongos. As I picked these toys out with my wife, we couldn’t help but notice how hot it was inside the store. It must’ve been around 85 degrees outside that day, but it easily felt like 90 or higher in that shop! Within ten minutes of being in the store, I was feeling sweat drip down the small of my back. I hate being anywhere that’s too hot, humid or stuffy, so this place was really getting on my nerves. As my wife searched for the toys to get our nieces, I sought out an employee of the store and asked about the temperature. The employee sighed, explaining that the store owner has a twisted method to punish employees that are falling short on sales quotas. If the team working that day didn’t sell a certain number of products by the end of the day, the owner was going to lock the thermostat at the maximum heat setting for a whole week. I was speechless! I’ve dealt with bosses on power trips, but to intentionally make your employees – as well as your customers – suffer, over something they can’t control? Talk about a lunatic. I felt bad for the staff, which is why I decided to buy several toys for each of my nieces that I’d give them later for the holidays. I also made sure to show the team member how they can reset the thermostat security lock, and make the store’s temperature more reasonable. Hey, you have to fight back against employers that don’t realize they’ve crossed a line!