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A Couple of My Best, I mean, Worst Customers


Over at Punny Money he shared his experience with a rude retail worker. Then Mighty Bargain Hunter shared with us his jaw-dropping experiences with retail workers.

I can’t top those, but I can offer a different perspective – from a retail worker’s side.

I worked as a cashier for a few years and here’s the best er…worst of my experiences:

1.) I was training another cashier and scanning through a woman’s groceries (the trainee was bagging as I was talking him through things). Something didn’t scan and I was explaining to my trainee how to enter the barcode manually. It probably took two more seconds to talk while performing the action. The lady went off on us! She started yelling and screaming and we just took it because that’s what you are supposed to do. She quieted down, and we continued with her order. Afterwards, we both tried to figure out what happened, but we couldn’t figure out what made her blow. A few days later, she came in and apologized to us and said she was having a very bad day.


2.) Late at night, a man stumbled into the store. He tripped over the gumball machine and proceeded to go towards the beer. He had to check-out in my lane, and I told him that I could not sell to him because he is intoxicated. That never goes over well. He started slurring obscenities and calling me every name in the book. He finally gave up because I wasn’t budging. He was about 10 feet away from me and he turned around and threw a few pennies at me. As he did that, he said, “Here’s a few pennies for ya!” Thank goodness for the beer because he missed me by at least 10 feet. He saw he missed me, called me one last name and stumbled away. He must have remembered what he did, because he avoided my line and when he had to go through it he was very quiet and very polite.

Anyone else have any cashier stories?

I Wish Those LCD HDTVs Would Quit Calling My Name


I briefly mentioned how HDTVs are tempting in my Keeping Motivated to Become Debt Free post. I mentioned that back in April and here it is July. They are still so tempting.

It doesn’t help that we didn’t have a very nice time at the movie theater yesterday. Our current TV is a 27″ and it’s about 8 years old. It still works, but the picture quality isn’t the best.

We did take a look at them at Walmart, and there was a 26″ that I practically fell in love with. The picture was so crisp and clear and with the wide screen, it looked beautiful. I hate to admit, I went as far as asking if there were any in stock. It turns out that the display is all they have of that model and they would not be getting any more. All of the other LCDs didn’t have that beautiful picuture. There were a few flat screen TVs that looked nice, but there is no way to fit one of those in our car.

I think for now, I will continue to argue in my mind for and against the purchase. Of course, the biggest “against” is the fact that the money used to pay for the TV would be extra money that was going to go towards debt (I have a big amount slated for this month ~ shooting to get the credit card debt under $30,000). Do I really want to fall behind a month with trying to reach the goal date?

The worst thing is…I don’t understand why I am being lured to them. I am not normally a electronic wow-able person. That’s usually my husband. But why me and why now? One thing I’ve learned is that sometimes when you want something, you could actually be wanting something else. Ahh…the psychology of spending. Hopefully soon I will figure it out.