Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Clean Up In Aisle Nine........................"

Good Afternoon;

The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none. – Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

This is the from the 'Quotation of the Day' widget and I wanted to preserve it because it is so very true. I watched a
 guy get followed around by the staff and management of a local dollar store as if he was about to steal something. When he brought his item to be purchased to the counter he was ignored while they argued over a basketball game score, and when the cashier finally deigned to check him out, she not only would not look him in the eye, but would not even look in his direction, letting his change fall into his hand....and on the counter!...without watching at all. The man who this happened to is really a nice, quiet, sweet and honest person, who happens to be developmentally disabled to the extent of being a 45 year old with the equivalent mental and emotional capacity of a 14 year old, and he was almost in tears, of both frustration and embarrassment. I met him at the bus stop and tried to talk with him, telling him it was not his fault and the store people were nothing but rude and ignorant assholes. He was calmed down by the time the bus showed up, and I decided to go and piss off the asholes....
being in a bad mood and feeling like crap already, watching this go down really pissed me off.

I happened to be wearing freshly washed and neat looking clothing, and was also freshly washed and  clean shaven, and with my bags left back in the shed. I walked into the store and asked for assistance in purchasing items for a company party for 100 people, from paper goods, to snacks & drinks, to decorations, and gag gifts/ favors. The staff and management were practically jumping over one another to help me and ended up following me through the store pushing and filling up 3 shopping carts of merchandise from all over the store.
When I was done 'shopping' I headed up to the counter and watched as they rang up and bagged everything, eventually reaching a total of $450.00, I reached into my pocket and said I had left the company credit card in the car and would be right back, and walked out the door.
I went around the corner and crossed the street and walked up to where I could see through the store's front window but be out of sight. I watched as the staff waited and began to fidget. Then the manager came out and started looking around the parking lot at all the cars. After 30 minutes or so, during which time I went and made my coffee and came back, the manager started ranting and raving and waving his arms about like a mad man and the 2 employees began yelling back at him. I'm sorry I could only watch in pantomime, it would have been nice to be a fly on the!
As they began scanning each and every item again, to deduct it from the register and place it back into the computer's inventory, I watched the manager point at the carts and then to the shelves while shouting at the employees, obviously telling them to put every thing back in place. As I started to walk away and head back to get my stuff and head out to the bus, both of the women who composed the staff were in each others face hollering and pointing at the register and the shelves, and (so it seemed) arguing who was going to restock everything.

Sometimes it takes a professional asshole to show the amateurs what's what!

I still feel like crap.....but my mood is lighter..........



Frayda said...

that is hysterical! you are too funny!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh :)

CE said...

I just stumbled across your blog. This made me smile! Maybe I'll run into you around town!

Anonymous said...

I love what you did. They needed to be taught a lesson.