Today is my sister’s birthday, and instead of thinking about beautiful cakes and decorations, or what presents we can get.. My small family is thinking about how we could pay off all the damages.
Just last night, someone broke into our shop again– for the third time in this past year. That’s the third time in a year that my sister and I have had to hear our parents get a call from the other room, and wake up at the early AM’s to head out really suddenly. We’ve now become afraid of receiving late night calls. (There were two break-ins prior to this last year as well.) We just lay on the bed and wait, because there’s nothing we could do if we went.. And our parents want us to get enough sleep.. But we can’t sleep thinking about it.
In the morning, my parents will ask me if I could help review the footage, and then send a copy to the police officer who is usually waiting. It’s always the same kind of scene.. Some man, different every time, breaking in and rushing to our cash register and absolutely destroying it and ruining the place too.. Followed a few mins later by a really heartbreaking scene of my parents slowly walking in to observe the scene. I really don’t like and want to see more scenes of the way my mom walks in and just quietly looks around.. I don’t want to.. But I know there’s no way I can really ask for that from anyone.
Sometimes the police can catch the culprits, and other times they can’t.. But either way, we only lose money when they break-in. To repair the glass, we have to pay at least $800 each time, and the cheapest registers cost about $200-$300 over here for us to quickly get one, and then we have to set it up again. The damage to the property depends on the person.. But usually it’s things like dents in the floor from them throwing the cash register that we can’t really change.
We remove all of the cash in the register.. and even leave it open so maybe they won’t break it.. But it doesn’t matter. One time, the guy even took the whole register with him. If we’re lucky, then sometimes our landlord will help us pay for 30% of the fees for fixing the glass, but in general we were pretty unlucky in the first place.
My USB just broke and I can’t seem to read it, so I can’t grab all the latest images from every break-in. (I keep them on my USB so I can burn the videos to a CD for the police) This one was from my dropbox account that I uploaded because it was requested in a later case from the police, and I didn’t have another CD.
(I hope it loaded)
Our little shop isn’t making money, because the economy seems to be going bad over here. Food is a lot more expensive than usual, and we don’t have many customers anymore. The taxes are increasing, and they want to raise minimum wage, so we can’t afford to hire people when we don’t make enough for ourselves. It’s just my mom, my dad, my sister and me who work at the shop to try to last through the tough times. Maybe if we take all the bad things now, it will be better next year.
Our fridge broke at the shop recently (this week), and we’ve had to completely replace it because we paid for repairs, but it was still broken. This has costed us over $3300 because we’ve had to pay for the repairs too.
The most people who come in are those just looking to use the washroom.. So we try to ask them if they could buy something first, and then we get yelled at because they think that we should offer free public washrooms. They don’t know that it costs us money and labour to wash the washroom and keep it clean and stocked. Some people even steal toilet paper.
Here is my mom’s credit card statements from the last two months:
You can see where we have had to pay for the repair for the fridge already.. And the statements have basically looked the same for the past few years. It’s all bills, and very little payment because we can’t afford it.. And I don’t know what to do.
I work part-time at a tutoring place, and my dad works 2 full-time jobs, and we all work at the shop as well. We can barely afford to live, but I know that our expenses are more than our income, especially this past month.
I’ve tried reducing our costs.. We are using prepaid phone plans at the $10/month rate.. so we can have calls in case of emergencies. Those charges up there from TELUS are our cell-phone company, and that’s the total for three phones. We haven’t bought any new phones lately, so we don’t have data and fancy apps. This is just for calling.
We haven’t bought new clothes in many years, and I’m still wearing the sweater I was really proud of buying all for myself with saved money back in grade 6.
I think I’m writing too much too, and it will be hard for most people to read.. But all in all, my family is very anxious everyday about how we’ll make it through the next month. I’m actually scared of the future.. and I just want a little bit of help for my family this month please..
If you could please help, then this is my sister’s paypal link. paypal.me/ethriss