Saturday, April 24, 2010
The bright lights of Mission Hill
I was in the Walgreen's at Brigham Circle on Thursday to buy a roll of cinnamon Mentos. The guy in front of me in line struck up a conversation with the cashier, who is a friendly, chatty chap to begin with, just the kind of upbeat person you would want manning a cash register.
"It's been a while since I've been here last," the customer said. "It looks a lot brighter. You didn't change the fluorescent lights did you/"
"Yessir," the cashier answered, "The company changed all the bulbs about five weeks ago. They came in and replaced all the fixtures. The electricians told me they're using a new kind of bulb."
I thought so...I thought so," replied the customer, "It really looks good; brings the color out on the labels. I noticed it as soon as I came in; the store seems so much brighter. I was thinking that the last time I was here was a month and a half but you're probably right, it probably was only five weeks."
The cashier remarked that Walgreen's is always trying to improve the shopping experience while the man in front of me was counting out exact change for thirty-nine cents using the smallest denomination coins possible. When the two of them had concluded the transaction, the customer left on his way telling the cashier, "Tell your manager I really appreciate the effort. The lights look great." The cashier said he would.
I don't visit this Walgreen's very often but I didn't notice anything except that the Valentine's Day merchandise had been replaced by beach-themed, summer toys. The man in front of me must have been particularly attentive to his surroundings. I noticed that he was wearing sunglasses indoors. Perhaps he is photophobic. That would explain his attention to ambient light, but not why he thinks brighter lights are better.