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Incident While Purchasing a Sympathy Card

Well my wife informed me someone she knew lost his mother the other day and she wanted to show the fellow and his father that she was sorry by giving them a home baked pumpkin pie and a cobbler. Included with those things was to be a sympathy card.

So she goes to the local grocery store and spies a card that she thinks would admirably achieve her purpose. She flips it over and sees $4.99. What?! That's just too much money. So she checks them all out.

She finds another one that is not bad and costs $1.99. She picked that one out and went to the checkout line. We know the girl who was running the checkout she chose (I was not with her). Frankly, she is very friendly and pleasant, but loud and rather direct. Ordinarily, that would be no problem.

But she blurts out boldly, "Wow, I didn't know we had a card THIS CHEAP!"

Can you imagine what went through my wife's mind? How she felt? Try E-M-B-A-R-R-A-S-S-E-D...

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MegL wrote on January 13, 2019, 5:29 PM

Wouldn't have thought that person would last long on the checkout - tact isn't anything they know about is it? Mind you, I would have thought everyone was looking for the cheapest card they could, after all, it's not as if it has to last is it? I might (if I thought of it quickly enough) reply on the lines of "Yes, wasn't it great to find a bargain like that!"

Kasman wrote on January 14, 2019, 3:07 PM

I would have made some smart remark like: 'shows how much you know about your own store' or something similar

VinceSummers wrote on January 14, 2019, 6:05 PM

Trouble is, this girl, I feel certain, didn't even realize how her words could affect my wife! She's really pretty decent.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 15, 2019, 11:55 PM

I was working as a checker at a register in a Skagg's Alpha Beta grocery store years back and a man told me he was looking for some dog food and came back to pay for it and I said, "I see you found the cheap dog food. " I did not mean it in a bad way but that man looked at me with daggers.

VinceSummers wrote on January 16, 2019, 10:46 AM

Haha. You know... a sympathy card (especially when a pie and a cobbler homemade are to be given) is one thing. But treating "Man's best friend" to soy hulls and who knows what else, is just a disgusting shame. No. Don't give 'em a T-bone steak. No, don't give 'em rack of lamb. But give 'em real (gasp!) F-O-O-D.

VinceSummers wrote on February 14, 2019, 8:49 AM

Oh. And I'll bet that guy never got in your line again!

lookatdesktop wrote on February 15, 2019, 6:11 PM

No. He did not. I am also glad he wasn't standing outside, waiting for me after my shift had ended.