Why is it that when anyone says to us that they are doing something for our protection that we find it impossible to believe? You can be almost anywhere and you will hear that phrase. For example, you made a purchase and when you arrived home, it was the wrong product, the wrong size, or it was defective. Somewhere along in your travels you lost the receipt. The store has a rewards program and you told them the day of the purchase and your number. Yet, magically, for your protection, they will not accept your return without the receipt. Clearly the clerk can see the date, time, and item purchased, but it doesn’t matter. Is it possible that they really don’t want returns and don’t care if the customer wastes their money? If it has ever happened to you, I urge you to never shop at that store and let all your friends and family know. In various industries, there are individuals who seem drunk with power. Because they can say no, refuse anything, or make a person go through a great deal of time effort and expense to solve a problem, they still find it pleasurable to say no and add on “But it’s for your protection.” Seriously, who are they kidding? How is returning a dress or pants that is an exclusive item at a store an unreasonable request? Let’s take a look at the airline industry. Everything they say is followed by, “It’s for your protection.” It would be more helpful to tell us what they really want, stop saying no, give us the chance to solve an issue, etc. For example, one time my son and I arrived at the gate for a flight and yet all the doors were closed fifteen minutes early. It was a large airport and the parking was miserable. We rushed through security and literally ran to the gate. When we asked why was it closed early, the employee’s response was “It was for your protection.” My immediate question was, “From what?” Needless to say, there was no reply or real answer. They did, however, place us on another flight that did not close its doors early for their customers. As we were already there, we were in line for immediate boarding. I imagine the next time you hear those fabulous words, you will think twice and probably ask why. In the Good Gus Series, there was none of the protection phraseology. Sheriff Gus did look after the town and surrounding areas without violence or weapons. Ideal examples for the young readers. The series including the Christmas book, “The Special Gift” which is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If you are a beneficiary to a will or trust and you have been told that you are cannot receive copies of any of the paperwork for your protection, besides demanding it as it is your right, consider reading “Misplaced Trust” which may give you the answers you are seeking. It is available on Kindle, Nook, Apple and several other popular e-book websites.