Suzie C. Romig: Bad corporate policies


My family was wondering why exactly the 7-Eleven in Steamboat Springs was going out of business. Thursday morning I happened by the 7-Eleven location and witnessed employees filling a Dumpster with packaged products including useable, nonperishable items such as boxes of liquid soap that could be utilized by others. I went for a closer look to try to offer my help in arranging a donation to a local charity, but I quickly was told, “You can’t take anything out of our Dumpster.”

Sure, that’s understandable, liability concerns. So I asked why the store was not trying to donate some of their stock to LIFT-UP that is located just two blocks away. The 7-Eleven employee said, “It’s against corporate policy.”

As an environmental volunteer for years and someone who has spent hundreds of hours volunteering in the community and schools to teach about how not to waste useful resources, I was appalled. I tried to explain to the employee that throwing useable items in the garbage was against the prevailing culture in Steamboat Springs and against human policy. Something surely could be worked out to make at least some donations happen. Again I firmly was told, “It’s against corporate policy.” So now, we know why 7-Eleven failed in Steamboat — bad corporate policies.

This served as a huge reminder to me to continue to support businesses, companies and restaurants that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. If you don’t know for sure, just talk with the manager. If they are more eco-friendly, tell them you are pleased with their policies. If you want to learn more or want your business to become more earth friendly, as well as save resources and finances, learn more about the good work and assistance of such local organizations at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council ( and the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium (

Suzie C. Romig

Steamboat Springs


jerry carlton 3 years, 8 months ago

Did you contact 7-Eleven corporate offices to see if what the individual said is true? 7-Eleven's are mostly franchise operations so it is doubtful this person is a 7-Eleven employee but is probably an employee of the franchisee. The article in the paper a few weeks ago did not say the store "failed" but that the lease was up and was not going to be renewed for whatever reason. What you have said may be true but I think maybe you should have done a little research at a higher level than the guy throwing stuff in a dumpster before such a scathing indictment.


Dan Hill 3 years, 8 months ago

Suzie, no matter how much you disagree with their policies (and I agree, it's terrible wasteful - if the stuff is unused, there can't be any more liability in giving it away than selling it!), where's your evidence that this had anything to do with them failing?

if a company does something you disagree with and goes out of business, you'll conclude that must be why? If a company does something you agree with and makes money, I suppose you'll assume a causal link there too? But what happens when a company does something you disagree with and makes lots of money? Does you head explode?


David Moore 3 years, 8 months ago

I may be off on this notion, but I thought they were closing because the fuel tanks were leaking? At any rate, sad that I won't get a real slurpee anymore.


jerry carlton 3 years, 8 months ago

No fuel tank leak. Article a couple weeks ago said that tanks could be left in place and filled with sand or some appropriate material or removed. Property owner or lessee or somebody chose to remove them. Less expensive? Repeating myself, but article said lease expired and somebody did not want to renew it.


John Fielding 3 years, 8 months ago

I was told that because the tanks are 35 years old their replacement will be required and the expense was not justified in the opinion of the owners.


jerry carlton 3 years, 8 months ago

John Makes sense but when I went by yesterday, they were already repaving where they tore the tanks out?


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