Come and see for yourself
BY ADRIAN MILLER
IT SOUNDS like an offer that's just too good to refuse.
Clarence MP Steve Cansdell has invited Woolworths CEO Roger Corbett to work a day in Palmers Island Pit Stop to see first hand what it's like to run a small business.
The store's owners, Graham and Kris Downing, have even offered to pay Mr Corbett. Minimum wage of course.
Mr Cansdell said it would be the perfect opportunity for Mr Corbett to redeem Woolworths' public image, harmed by its objection to a liquor licence for Pit Stop. He says it would also undo the effect of his comment that the small grocery store and the multi-billion dollar Woolies business were equals.
"If I was him I'd jump at it because he can only get positive press out of it," Mr Cansdell said. "I think it would be a positive way for him to show a bit of humility and show a human side to Woolworths."
Woolworths have opposed the Downing's application for a liquor licence, taking the matter to court in an action which could cost the Downing's more than $10,000.
Mrs Downing said she didn't expect Mr Corbett to accept the invite, but thought it would help the company's image in the Clarence if he did.
"Hopefully it'll get a rise out of Roger Corbett because if he thinks we're equals, he's got another think coming," she said.
"I think it'll make him realise we're not going to be a threat to him and what we are going to do is not going to harm Woolworths at all.
"It's probably harming them more by putting their objection in and not letting us go ahead with it.
"We've had a lot of feedback from people who won't go to BWS (Woolworths owned) and Woolworths anymore."
While Mr Cansdell believes it would be a good move by Mr Corbett, he might not receive the warmest of receptions.
"I'd probably give him all the crappy jobs," Mrs Downing said.