An Open Letter to Local Business Owners in Gallatin Valley
Owning and operating a business can be extremely difficult, especially in the times we are living in. Finding employees that are reliable is becoming harder every day.
I live in Manhattan and work in Bozeman. I've noticed many local businesses operating on limited hours and closing early due to a shortage of workers. I understand that times are tough, but I will continue to support you. I promise to be patient when my take out order takes a little longer than I had anticipated, or when I have to wait three weeks to get an oil change.
I've read comments on social media from disgruntled customers that feel the need to bash local businesses because they were slightly inconvenienced. I assure you that I am not one of those people. I understand that you're working hard and doing the best that you can.
When I'm shopping and an item I'm looking for is out-of-stock, I won't treat it as if it's the end of the world. I understand that there's a shortage of a lot of things and that it's not your fault.
Many local businesses are dealing with rude and disrespectful customers. As a customer myself, I want to let you know that I appreciate you and all of your hard work. I will do my best to teach my friends and family to practice patience and understanding.
We are living in unprecedented times, and I hope that we'll see the light at the end of the tunnel soon. We are all in this together, and I just want to say thank you.