Trying to think like a Leftie

They say you need to walk a mile in a person’s shoes before you can even begin to understand them. I have found the Lefties reaction to the National Party winning the election mystifying. On and on they went bemoaning that New Zealanders are stupid and should have voted for that lovely Mr Cunliffe so he could form a coalition with  Laila Harre and Hone’s Internet Party funded by that lovely Jolly German Gamer Kim Dotcom.

Why were New Zealanders not convinced by Dirty Politics they screamed ineffectively, tears running down their pale vegan faces. It’s not faaiiiiiiiir.

Well finally I can sympathise. Something important to me has been beaten by something I do not support. New Zealanders have voted with their wallets and yet again my favourite business has been removed from my local mall. I am not happy and my bottom lip is starting to quiver.

Wendys, my favourite ice cream shop

Wendys, my favourite ice cream shop


We used to live near Botany and many weekends we all enjoyed a treat at Wendys. One day it was gone. Initially we didn’t panic, after all at Botany the shops often move around especially when leases are renewed. However it never reappeared. Instead our only options were the ice cream cones and sundaes at Mc Donalds or the new Kiwi Yo business that was very expensive.

When we moved to our new location we were thrilled to find a Wendys at our local mall. It had been there for over 31 years and gave great service so it never occurred to us that it would shut down. Well yesterday they were taking the shop apart. I over heard the owner talking to a former customer. Apparently the Kiwi Yo that had recently opened up in competition in the small mall had hurt their bottom line so much that they were forced to close down.

Bugger! It’s not faaiiir. Kiwi Yo have grabbed the market share off Wendys despite being more expensive.Customers prefer their products even if I don’t. They must be stupid because Wendys is the best because I like Wendys and so does my family….

Nah, sorry I just can’t quite get into the Leftie mindset. I love Wendys I do and I want them back but I really can’t get myself outraged at Kiwi Yo for running a better campaign and selling a more appealing product.

lollie toppings from Kiwi Yo ( the Wendys killer )

lollie toppings from Kiwi Yo ( the Wendys killer )

What I really want is for Wendys to grab their market share back by giving the customers what they want. If they want to choose stupid lollies to sprinkle onto their stupid yogurt give them stupid lollies. Better still outdo them by giving customers a choice of lollies to put onto ice cream which is far yummier than stupid yogurt. Having said that however, Wendys yogurt sundaes taste way better than Kiwi Yo so I bet they could beat them at yogurt sales if they only put their minds to it.

Additionally If customers are prepared to pay $8 for a stupid sundae with a choice of lollies charge them $8

Attack them using their own advertising. They claim healthy yogurt yet provide lollies to cover the healthy yogurt with. Why not sell ice cream with low sugar or no sugar lollies like these? Beat those Kiwi Yo treat providers at their own game. Be healthier than them.

Healthier lollies

Healthier lollies

Well I tried, I really did, to be a Leftie but I just can’t do it. Even when my preferred sugary treat provider lost the battle I still want them to win the war by making the necessary changes. I don’t hate Kiwi Yo for being better at what they do. I respect them for winning the customers over. I don’t really think people who shop there are stupid, I just love Wendys.

Yogurt Sundaes from Wendys. The berry one on the right is my all time favourite.

Yogurt Sundaes from Wendys. The berry one on the right is my all time favourite.

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