Street Hawkers

February 16, 2012 FranklinCovey Content Team

Several years ago, a South African company was opening up a brand-new retail-clothing store in an old part of town. The day they opened the store, the fruit and vegetable vendors, commonly called street hawkers, flooded back to that central location. They used to occupy that land before the store was built, and they had been selling there for years. Psychologically they felt that they owned it. They came right back in front of the store on the very day of opening and set up their fruit and vegetable stands. It made a mess and made it slightly difficult for people to even get into the store. 

What would you do if fruit vendors crowded around, messed up the sidewalk, and partially blocked your doorway on the day you opened your new store? What would you do?

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