Running a Booming Convenience Store with the Demeanor of a Dafa Practitioner
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) in 1994. I was dismissed from my work unit after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.
To make a living, I bought a convenience store. It is an excellent opportunity to clarify the facts about Dafa to customers. I manage the store according to the principles of Falun Gong, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and my business is booming.
Since I took over the convenience store, I have served my customers honestly, paid attention to the quality of my merchandise, and sold goods at reasonable prices. The first thing I did was to check for expired and counterfeit goods. Although I lost some money by doing so, I felt good and was determined not to sell shoddy goods and deceive customers for my own gain. When purchasing for the store, I check the quality, provide after-sale service, and try to keep prices low.
In selling goods, I help customers enthusiastically and ensure that they receive satisfactory products from their point of view. I respect and trust my customers. When some were short on money, I said, “Take it home and pay me when you have time.” They pay me quickly.
When customers accidentally overpay, I would return the extra amount right away. Sometimes, when it is cold or late in the evenings, some children want to buy ice cream. I would advise them, “Don't eat ice cream now. It is cold and may hurt your stomach.”
Once an elderly lady fell off her bicycle near my shop. I helped her stand up and gave her a stool to sit and rest. I also gave her water.
My principle of good and honest business management soon spread by word of month, and I got more customers. Since I took over, the takeout business of the store went from a few orders a day to as many as 40. Customers said that I was sincere and kindhearted, and sold genuine goods for a reasonable price.
Take-out customers are generally eager to receive their food or goods, so I process and package the orders quickly and neatly. When I see the delivery person coming, I would take the bag and wait outside.
Of course, some orders inevitably have the wrong goods delivered. When a customer calls in this case, I would sincerely apologize and immediately ride my electric bike to the customer to exchange goods or give a refund. They tend to be understanding and satisfied.
My attitude helps me gain more and more return customers. It was past 11:30 p.m. one night when a customer called and asked if I could deliver a mobile phone charging cable, as hers was broken. I immediately locked the store and took my electric bike to deliver the cable. The customer was very grateful. I took the opportunity to give her a DVD with Falun Dafa information.
Another customer said, “You’re not like the rumors spread by the media. They said Falun Gong practitioners only do the exercises all day and don’t work.” I told him about the persecution and how Falun Gong actually teaches practitioners to do their work well. I recommended that he read Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong. He read it carefully and said that he recorded the paragraphs that inspired him.
After starting to practice Falun Dafa, I have changed from a selfish person to one who considers the needs of others first and follows the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Only Dafa can truly change people’s hearts and elevate their morality to become a better person.
Falun Gong was first taught to the public in 1992. Nearly 100 million people across China were soon practicing Falun Gong after experiencing improvements in their health and character.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline's growing popularity as a threat to the CCP's atheistic ideology and issued an order to ban Falun Gong on July 20, 1999.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in the persecution over the past 20 years; the actual number is suspected to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
Under Jiang's personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems, and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong.