Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

I usually have reasonably good experiences with clerks in stores. There are times that I just get irritated, though, and I can't point to something really awful that the clerk did to deserve my irritation. Such was the case this morning.

I stopped at Savon drugs before going to work, to snag a few things to eat (I didn't have breakfast) and to buy a few toys for toy drives. I looked over the toys, picked out a few, was interested in a third, but couldn't find the price. I went to the register with my finds and asked the clerk how much was that toy fish tank. He said he'd have to scan it. Fine. I picked it up and brought it to him. He stood there. I said "How much is it?" He said "Do you have an Albertson's/Savon card? There may be a discount." I hunted in my wallet and did not find the card. He asked for my phone number. I gave him one number, then another, and neither resulted in a match. He just looked at me. I asked him to scan the toy. It was too much money. So I said to go ahead with the transaction without that toy.

He ran it up, gave me the amount, and I ran my debit card through. He gave me a receipt. I noticed he had not bagged my Starbucks Frappuccino and box of granola bars (breakfast), so I put the frap bottle in my jacket pocket. As I did so, he said "I didn't ring those up. I didn't see them." I was annoyed by then, because I was in a hurry to get to work, waited for him to ring them up, paid cash, got out.

I thought about coming back later to get a new Albertson's/Savon card, considering my old one doesn't seem to be in the system, but I didn't want to see that guy again. Funny how so little can have such an effect. And it probably all comes from a general irritation left over from yesterday's accident. I thought I was okay with it now, but maybe not.

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