Fallacy Essay, Research Paper

At 1:30 in the morning you are driving down Walton Road when you pass the

7-11. You decide to stop in and treat yourself to a nice big slurpee. As you pull in

the parking lot you notice that the sign says, “We’re open 24 hr’s, 7 days a week, 365

days a year.” However, when you reach the door you notice that they have locks on

the doors and you think to yourself, why do convenient stores have locks on their

doors if they’re going to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year?

If they’re never going to close then they have no need for locks on the doors. This

will only cause an inconvenience for employees and customers.

The idea of adding locks onto the doors is only going to cost the store more

money. Also, it would give the managers one extra key on their already big key chain

that they really have no use for. Since they are open every second of the year, they

never need to lock the doors between shifts. When one person’s shift is over then

the next person will come in and take over. It’s not like most stores where at night

when the store closes they lock the doors and go home. Then, in the morning

whoever is going to be opening comes in and unlocks the store and gets it ready for

the first customers of the day. This situation would never happen at a store that is

open all the time because there always has to be someone working.

On a rare occasion, the store might need to the lock the doors if someone

outside is causing trouble. However, if they locked the doors and wouldn’t let any

customers in they would be lying saying that they’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a

week, and 365 days a year. Doing this would cause the store to lose money because

no one could then get into the store.

By adding locks onto the doors would also make people think that sometimes

they do close, like on holidays. On almost all national holidays like Thanksgiving

and Christmas, stores will be closed to allow their valued employees time off to

spend with family. If this was the case then some people might avoid shopping there

on holidays in fear that when they get there they will be closed. Then they would

have to drive all the way to another store that sold the same type of merchandise or

service. Some people might think the locks were for security reasons. If they

thought this they might be afraid to come back because it might suggest the location

of the store is bad or that they have problems with people living in the vicinity of the


The sign saying they’re always open can be misleading to customers. What if

the store burned down or needed remodeled. Then they would have to lock the

doors. So the sign should say “We’re Almost Always Open” instead of “We’re open

24 hr’s, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.” This new sign would clear up any confusion

that the old sign had caused.

Stores that are open all the time and have locks on the doors need to realize

the trouble’s they could be causing to their employees and their customers. They

need to take the locks off the doors if they never plan on closing. On the other hand,

they need to change their sign if they plan on closing once or twice a year for

holidays or for any other reason they may have.

Why do convenient stores have locks on their doors

if they are always open?

Bob Eaton

Comp IV


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