Owning and operating a business can be extremely difficult, especially in the times we are living in. Finding employees that are reliable is becoming harder every day.

I live in Manhattan and work in Bozeman. I've noticed many local businesses operating on limited hours and closing early due to a shortage of workers. I understand that times are tough, but I will continue to support you. I promise to be patient when my take out order takes a little longer than I had anticipated, or when I have to wait three weeks to get an oil change.

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I've read comments on social media from disgruntled customers that feel the need to bash local businesses because they were slightly inconvenienced. I assure you that I am not one of those people. I understand that you're working hard and doing the best that you can.

When I'm shopping and an item I'm looking for is out-of-stock, I won't treat it as if it's the end of the world. I understand that there's a shortage of a lot of things and that it's not your fault.

Many local businesses are dealing with rude and disrespectful customers. As a customer myself, I want to let you know that I appreciate you and all of your hard work. I will do my best to teach my friends and family to practice patience and understanding.

We are living in unprecedented times, and I hope that we'll see the light at the end of the tunnel soon. We are all in this together, and I just want to say thank you.

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