Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tongue Lashing at the DI
As the post title states, I received quite the talking to at Deseret Industries the other day. Here is the story.
The kids and I dropped off about $40 worth of stuff at the DI and afterwords I decided that we should take a look around and see if there was anything awesome in the store that day. Tyler and Jacob picked out two toys (neither of which had price stickers stuck to them). Tyler picked this hideous looking man about the length and size of my pointer finger. He also looked like Abraham Lincoln but was white and pale blue. The thing was so repulsive that I actually said "of course you want that" when he showed it to me. Jake on the other hand, picked out a pretty cool looking fire engine that was a pretty decent size. I had about $20 worth of stuff in my cart and we headed off to the checkout counter.
Because I am tired of the outrageous prices at the DI and I feel like everything is negotiable, I have no problem asking for a certain price on an item that I feel is mis-priced. They just randomly make the prices anyway and the stuff they don't sell gets thrown in the garbage. Anyway, I knew that if I let the boys go to the checkout counter and ask how much for the item, the old lady would charge me $2 for the stupid Abraham Lincoln thing (that isn't worth a nickel) and same goes for Jacobs toy. So, I gave Tyler a dime and Jacob 50 cents (because his was definitely worth more) and told them to ask the checkout lady (who happened to be pretty old and grumpy looking) if they could have the toy for the said amount of money. (obviously I thought she would be more likely to give them the toy of they asked than if I did.)
Tyler was up first, he showed her the toy man and asked if he could have it for his dime. she looked at him, looked at me and reluctantly agreed to the amount. Jake came up behind Tyler, put his money on the counter and showed her the truck. She got this look on her face of deep thought, looked at me, looked back at Jacob, and said "You have got to be kidding me!" She looked back at me and I said "Well, can he have it or not?" I was more than willing to put it back with the other toys, there was no way I was paying more than 50 cents for that thing. She took his money. After the transactions, the boys ran up to the door joyfully playing with their new toys. I preceded to place my items on the checkout counter(all of which were marked with price stickers and they seemed reasonable). She looks at me and says: "Good %#& Lady! You have got to be kidding me! I can't believe you would do that! &*$%. First of all (said with attitude), we do NOT sell anything in this store for less than 25 cents! So don't you bring in those nickels and dimes! and that truck would sell for at LEAST $2. I can't believe you would do that!" She rang up my items and I paid her the $20 for my items. She handed me the bag of items and added "Don't come back and do that again!"
I felt horrible that I made her so angry, but come on, she can't be mad at me because SHE sold items for less than they were worth. If she didn't want to sell them for the price they asked, she shouldn't have sold them. Yes, my cute boys are hard to turn down, and maybe I knew that, but I don't know that I deserved the tongue lashing I received. People go to the DI because they don't have a lot of money and they can get things for cheaper than retail. I hope she doesn't talk to people that way who are struggling and they bring in their "nickels and dimes" to buy toys for their kids. I know I'm sure as heck not gonna pay $1.50 for an old McDonald's happy meal toy!