I went shopping for a few birthday gifts for my nieces this past weekend. The taste in toys that these youngsters possess seems to change with the wind, so it’s difficult to say if what I bought them will be an unexpected hit, or a sizable flop, either way, I was excited because I wouldn’t have minded keeping the toys for myself! The toys themselves were songs instruments – 1 was a small plastic guitar, the other was a set of bongos, and as I picked these toys out with my fiance, the people I was with and I 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 prefer 90 or higher in that shop! Within more than nine minutes of being in the store, I was feeling sweat drip down the small of my back. I don’t care for being somewhere that’s too hot, humid or stuffy, so this arena was really getting on my nerves. As my fiance searched for the toys to get our nieces, I sought out an employee of the store plus 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 really working that day didn’t sell a particular number of products by the end of the day, the owner was going to lock the temperature control 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 buyers – suffer, over something they can’t control? Talk about a lunatic. I felt exhausting for the staff, which is why I decided to buy many toys for each of my nieces that I’d supply them later for the holidays. I also made sure to show the team member how they can reset the temperature control security lock, plus make the store’s temperature more reasonable. Hey, you have to fight back against managers that don’t realize they’ve crossed a line!