Even in everyday business operations, things tend to be different in a rural area. Most stores will keep a running account for you that you pay off each month. You really do hear people say "Just put it on my tab". Because you know everyone, you also know who you can trust-- or whom you can't! Many stores have a large hand written list, place prominently somewhere in the store giving names of people who have written bad checks. Several stores even have names of people posted out front who are not even allowed in!! In contract type work, your word is as good as gold. Even a simple handshake is as binding as a signed contract.
|Local gas station and liquor store.|
I have seen some humorous business linked together. While driving through a small town in Illinois, I saw a sign that stated: "Miller's Car Repair and Cafe". Hmmm. 'Hope the mechanic doesn't do the cooking too!
Not long ago I saw this advertisement locally:
When times are rough, we rural people still do things the old fashioned way. Services can be exchanged for services. Sometimes business is given in the form of a gift when a family is struggling. We all know each other, and we all know each other's needs. So, it's just part of everyday life to help someone out if you have the ability to do so. Sometimes a genuine "Thank you" and a handshake are the best pay you can ever get. But, you'll get that in a small town....