Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Tuesday-Panties Mind-Set

            When my daughter was a preteen, one of her favorite movies was Big Business, a feel-good comedy with a plot that revolves around mistaken identities. In one of the scenes, small-town resident Rose walks through the office of a big, New York company where the employees mistake her for a major shareholder. All the workers greet her profusely, inquiring as to her health and asking about her family. To the suspicious Rose, they seem way too interested in and know way too much about her. She responds to their friendly overtures with “I’m fine...fine. Wearing my Tuesday panties, too...but I guess you already know that.”
(No, these aren't mine. I'd feel
a little weird posting a picture
of my own underwear.)
            You’re probably wondering where all this is going, so I’ll get to the point. Whenever I go to my favorite grocery store--Crest Foods in Edmond--that movie scene comes to my mind. Crest Foods is a “Tuesday-panties” kind of place. No, I don’t suspect ulterior motives or think they have inside information on my underwear. But every time I go there, they make me feel important. From the shopping cart handler to the sacker, no fewer than five people greet me with a smile and a good word--like they're really glad I came.
            Grocery shopping is not a chore I enjoy. But the employees at Crest make the task much more pleasant. In fact, they make it worth my while to drive two extra miles to shop there.
            Maybe their enthusiasm is just a result of excellent training, but I don’t care. It works. Even if they’re not really all that excited to see me, they at least make me think they are. And that’s what matters, right?
            My experience with Crest convinced me to start incorporating a little more Tuesday-panties attitude in my life. Nothing major, just making more of an effort to notice people I casually interact with--asking a sales clerk how her day is going, telling a waitress I appreciate her attentiveness, complimenting a receptionist on her smile.
            As the holiday season hits full tilt in the coming weeks and people become busier and more stressed, maybe a Tuesday-panties mind-set would be a good thing for all of us to foster. And you don't have to limit it to Tuesdays!
            I would really, really like to know some of your favorite Tuesday-panties places (or people). Please share them either in the comments below or on Facebook.



  1. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Arby's on 23rd in OKC has service with a smile that harkins back to days of old before some fast food joints made one feel like they're doing a favor when they take an order. Some Chick Filet sites have the same service-oriented positive attitude. Those attitudes factor into my decision on where to grab something fast on busy days - might as well go somewhere you can leave with fast food AND a smile!

  2. Hooray for the Tuesday-panties mindset!

    And I'm so excited that our Crest just opened up in Norman. I'm waiting for an "off peak" hour to go check it out. :)

  3. We don't have Crest, but we do have Reasor's. Young and experienced workers fill the crew,and they are all friendly and helpful. It may cost more than our only alternative grocery store (Walmart), but the attitude of the workers rubs off on the shoppers...putting everyone in a "Tuesday-panty" mindset.

  4. When my father in law was visiting a couple of weeks ago, I went to Candyopolis in Quail Springs Mall to find him some "good old fashioned licorice jelly beans." The sales clerk was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic I had a "Tuesday panty" moment! (The Jelly beans were a big hit btw)

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