I've long accepted the fact that no matter how much time I put into an aisle making it look nice, there's going to be some customer who just uses it as their dumping ground or tears it to shreds. That reality just comes with working at retail.
But today that worldview changed a little bit.
I was straightening up a particularly popular aisle that kids love to go wild in. It's the kind of aisle I would probably have torn up as a kid too, if I'm being honest. As I'm finishing up the last section, these two kids come down the aisle. They couldn't have been older than 6.
Inwardly I start to scream as I see one of them reach out and drag a few items from the shelf to bring them down to his level. Mercifully, he was only interested in 2 items on the shelf. Soon enough, he looses interest and gets up to leave with the toys on the ground. But then a miracle happens.
I hear the other kid that was with him say,
"Hey! Put that back. That guy just cleaned it up."
And sure enough, I see the kid out of the corner of my eye pick up the toys and put them back how he found it.
Thank you, small child, for giving me some hope for the future.