The centre manager watched as the consumers scurried from shop to shop gathering more and more bags embellished with the names of luxury brands. In his mind’s ear he could hear the kerching kerching of the cash registers. He was happy.
He saw that the shopkeepers too were happy, that sales were up, profits were up.
Time to increase rentals, he thought.
Later he watched as the army of part-time, zero-hours-contract cleaners arrived, scurrying to the cupboards to collect brooms, mops, and buckets.
He saw that everyone turned up for work.
Time to reduce wages, he thought.
Written in response to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’s weekly 100 word photo-prompt challenge.