I know bad for all of the retail employees that have had to grapple with annoyed customers amid inflation-driven price hikes. What are they supposed to do? Not only is it out of the control of the terrible and innocent employee they’re berating, however it’s genuinely out of control of the huge billion-dollar business that employs them. If the market price for a product reaches a modern high, you can’t expect companies to automatically produce and sell them at a loss. That’s a fundamental misunderstanding of basic company and economics. To be clear, there are easily cases of price gouging during situations of inflation because companies will try to exploit the public’s expectation of price hikes even in situations where the market itself isn’t directly demanding it. In other words, the store is still getting the product for the same price from their dealer, however they still raise the price for their customers. Regardless of the reason, the employees often bear the brunt of the criticisms from customers who know they’re to blame for the inflation. Even our cannabis products went up in price because of the energy needed to grow them and manufacture them. Naturally, the terrible budtenders at the local medical cannabis dispensary are facing rants and ravings yearly and I can see how fatigued and frustrated they feel. They don’t even get a warning about potential sales until they arrive at work for their shift. And whenever the cannabis dispensary is hosting a huge sale, that always brings in more customers than standard and creates a stressful environment for all of the employees.