"There's enough hot air let out here to fill one of the Consolidated gas-tanks," he had said to the poetess. 七星彩1267 So he made a careless excuse and left them. Bobo did not mind, of course, but an ugly shadow flitted over Miss Culbreth's fair countenance. Then he finds out that the associates are just stealing rampant throughout the store, and letting thecustomers steal too because no one has set any controls. No one was checking on the refunds. No onewas checking on the layaways. No one was even checking on the cash registers. If you wanted to steal,you knew you wouldn't get caught. So they started checking on all those things, and they started talkingabout integrity, and they talked about improving sales. Within a year and a half, this store was turnedaround completely. The shrink was down to 2 percent. It started turning a profit, and when I went inthere to visit I think it was one of the proudest moments I've had in forty years of visiting almost twothousand stores. It was just an unbelievable job of an action-oriented, right-thinking motivator stepping inand saving a horrible situation. "Everybody wanted to go see Sam Walton's store. We never had another store that had a Ding Dongice cream bar in it, one of those ice creammaking machines. People went there for that, and it wasfantastic. But one Saturday night for some reason they forgot to clean that machine up when they closed,and I went by there the next day with some of my clients to show them Sam's front window. And I wantto tell you, the flies in that window were just out of this world."As good as business was, I never could leave well enough alone, and, in fact, I think my constant fiddlingand meddling with the status quo may have been one of my biggest contributions to the later success ofWal-Mart. As I mentioned, we facedFront Street, and our biggest competitorJohn Dunham's SterlingStorewas acrossHazel Streeton the other corner. His store was slightly smaller than ours, but he stillmanaged to do twice as much business as our store did before we bought it. We were coming on strong,though. In our first year, the Ben Franklin did $105,000 in sales, compared to $72,000 under the oldowner. Then the next year $140,000, and then $175,000.