In the early stages of the holiday coal-shopping season, mine management is preparing we miners for the rush. We’re told that we have budgets to meet, that there is special high-margin coal to sell, and that there are specific techniques we should employ to mine more coal in a shift.
Our own mine boss was walking around yesterday, remarking that she had been sneaking extra coal into her customers’ sacks. I smiled at her, appearing to be hip to the subtlety of her skillz, but I was and remain horrified. If I were a coal-mine customer and saw someone placing an unsolicited package of coal into my shopping basket, I’d immediately place the basket on the floor and walk out.
No, it’s not a criminal act, or really anything close, but I find it abhorrent to think that a sales-person would seek to gain advantage (not to say access to my wallet) by means of trickery. Working for an organization that condones – nay, encourages – such behaviour makes me complicit, albeit distantly. My time here is limited.