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Monday, January 1, 2007

Miser at Lowe's

Sheila and I just got back from Lowe's. She wanted to buy some new light fixtures for our house. I thought the light fixtures that we had were fine, but what the hell do I know? Apparently good working light fixtures aren't good enough, but that's not the point of my story. Directly in front of us in line at Lowe's was this older couple buying some various items. Amongst those items were two packs of plastic suction cup hooks. Let it also be known that this couple had just come from Starbucks (evident by the Starbucks cups of course). During their checkout, the older guy stops the cashier and begins to moan and groan about the price of the hooks. I think there is a disagreement about what the 5% discount should be. So, of course the cashier has another co-worker run around and double check the prices. We get the pleasure of waiting for the dispute resolution over the price of plastic suction cup hooks. Seriously, I think we're talking about a difference of maybe 50 cents to a buck. Anyways, the guy gets a little pissy and decides that the hooks are just too expensive for him and his wife to purchase. They finish their business and leave. During all of this I'm thinking that this couple probably paid a 200-300% premium on their coffee beans and now they're pissy over a 5% discount on suction hooks. Are you kidding me? Maybe it's just me, but I think that if you have Starbucks cups in hand, you lose your right to bitch about a 5% discount (or any price for that matter). Now, if they had walked in with 7-11 coffee cups, maybe I would have been sympathetic. But upper class taste and lower class purchasing habits don't sit well with me.


angela said...

I wish my life was as eventful as yours, lmao..

pat hixon said...

interesting little story. just shows us there are people who just cannot find something too trivial to bitch about or give a thought to how much they inconvience someone else with their pathetic nitpicking. actually i'm kind of glad it was you in line behind them, not me. i might finally have turned into that violent criminal that hides behind this kindly old face. when i finally snap, i hope i at least have a better excuse for it. that was an excellant demonstration of restraint on your part... and it would be so hard to explain why you suddenly went berserk and began to flail with both fists, screaming curses at the top of your voice, while your wife and the others cringe and wring their hands as the tears flow..... and in the interview with the 6oclock newscaster, the old guy is sheepishly saying, "my wife and i, after saving up all ours nickels and pennies from our social security checks for years, we were just trying to finally get the suctions hooks to hang the pictures of our dear little grandkids, when this young fella in the line behind us suddenly went berserk and, uh , oh (chokes up into tears...,), oh god, how do i say this? i cant talk about this,...uh, he beat me so bad i crapped my pants right there in the lowes store and, uh, oh, i cant go on..."

i take it you eventually got the new fixtures you didnt really want. i just hope at least they improved your place. othewise could have been one hell of a price to pay!

Peter said...
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Peter said...

Actually, the new fixtures do look really good. Oh well, I guess I have a story to go with them now.