At the first show I ever did, StampFest Orlando in 1997, about ten minutes before the show began Gene from Stamp Cabana came across the aisle to me and gave me a piece of advice that I have carried to this day – “Stampers are basically an honest lot.” And he was right – almost without exception, if I have chosen to just trust someone or give the benefit of the doubt, I have not been disappointed.
Almost . . .
Ellen from Tessler Stamps/Stencils caught a shoplifter in her booth yesterday. The woman had about $650 worth of Ellen’s merchandise stuffed into unimaginable places. Ellen even gave her a chance to get out with her dignity – she saw what was happening and took a basket to the woman and asked if she needed something to carry her purchases in. And still this woman chose to shake our faith in our customers.
And Ellen’s husband snapped a picture of her as she was carted off to jail.
The worst part of this is that Ellen was feeling guilty later on. Maybe I would as well if I had been in Ellen’s shoes – but in my eyes, Ellen is a heroine for protecting all of us (and all of you) from people like this. I put Ellen’s picture and a quick line about what had happened on the Marco’s Paper Facebook Page about half an hour before the show ended, and when we finished tearing down our booth I went to Ellen and showed her that over 800 people had seen it (it’s way over 1,000 now), and there were over 100 “likes” and 25 “Way to go, Ellen!” comments.
To quote the song that played at the end of the old Michael J. Fox movie, The Secret of My Success – “Sometimes the good guys finish first.”
Way to go, Ellen!