Okay. So I’m keen on traveling around some more, shooting more pictures and getting more photo essays on here. But while we wait for that to materialize, sometimes life happens. Misfortune continues to follow me wherever I go. The other day I had my first poor Sheetz experience of my life. For those of you that don’t know, Sheetz is (usually) an epic gas station that serves delicious food. The story is chronicled in the following e-mail I wrote to the company today:
To whom it may concern:
Yesterday, on my way to New York from my home in Pennsylvania for a graduation party (my good friend Tracey’s, congratulations to her), I stopped at a Sheetz with the following address:
14350 Kutztown Rd (US-222)
Moselem Springs Rd
Fleetwood, PA 19522
I’d been in there hundreds of times before (I used to go every day in high school and buy Liquid Z and Steak & Worcestershire Potato Chips, but that’s another wonderful story), and have always had wonderful experiences (experiences that have trumped experiences with what I used to consider an inferior competitor, Wawa). However, this time was very, very different.
I was going in to take money out and to order MTO food for the trip. I got my money out fine, but when I went to order food, I noticed (literally) no less than 20-30 giant flies flying and buzzing all over the store, perhaps even more. The fly-to-people ratio was, with a conservative estimate, something like 3-1. It wasn’t only that, though. Your employees, in their vain, ignorant attempts to rid the store of the flies, were simply using newspapers to smack their insides all over the walls of the gas station.
This isn’t the kind of environment that sustains my respect for this company, let alone my appetite. I left without ordering because I was completely disgusted by the scenario. At a normal, run-down, food-less gas station, it would be something I wouldn’t even think about. But at a gas station that serves fresh, hot food, it’s a big problem.
I understand it’s summertime, and the flies – they love the summertime. But there are many, many things you can do to keep flies out of your store; and if they do get in, there are more sanitary ways to get rid of them (fly strips out of the customer’s line of sight, perhaps?)
I’m not planning on going back until I’m assured this has been taken care of. Like I said, I’ve never had a bad experience before, and I love Sheetz to death (your Shmonster is a top ten food worldwide, in my humble opinion), but this situation is out of control.
I’m not the only one who has noticed it, too. My brother just asked me if I’d been there recently (after I hunted down, caught, and cleanly destroyed a fly that was in my own house), and I knew right away what he was going to say.
I understand you’re trying to get bodies into your gas stations, but unless they’re ALL human (seeing eye dogs as well, gotta take care of the blind), you’re not going to be making a lot of money. Please take care of this! Thank you so much.
The obvious question at hand is, “how are they going to make this right, Luke? Nabisco sure did a great job.”
That’s a very good question. Hopefully we’ll all get the answer soon. I’m running out of businesses to buy things at.