Really pleased today.
We went into work today, we knew the other vendors would be there, but like I told Ron "We didn't do anything wrong, why should we hide?"
We went to the warehouse, got supplies, and then went to work. Paratransit dropped us off and I left Ron sitting outside with the stuff, then I went in and got our cart out of the shared stockroom.
The other vendor's employees were really happy to see me. It is nice to see some smiling faces. I asked about their loved ones, got my cart, and left. The other vendors pointedly ignored me.
Later on, (our machines were wiped out!) a hungry construction worker mentioned he really wanted some banana pudding cupcakes. I said we don't sell them, the other people do, but I'll ask them to stock more. He was very happy, and said he'd buy them all.
As we were leaving I saw one of the other vendor's employees. I told him about the cupcakes, and mentioned "This guy is looking all over the building!"
His jaw hit the floor as he gaped at me. I was giving them business?
"You can make a lot of money here!" I grinned.
I know that will get back to the other vendor, that I'm sending them business.
It's very liberating to live Biblically. I see why God tells us to pray for backstabbers, do good to those trying to screw you over, etc (paraphrased).
Besides, if nothing else I want that guy to get his cupcakes. Customer service above all else.
Why am I doing this? Because God commands it.
Here's, in my opinion, the most relevant passage on the subject:
Don't you hate people who do that? I do.