Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Reason 487 of why I'm a dork

Whenever I’m asked to recall my most embarrassing moment, I have a difficult time thinking of what to say. Not because I lack in embarrassing moments – I have them all the time. In fact, they all seem to blur together, and I cannot recall which was the most embarrassing. I had a classic moment yesterday that left me red-faced and wishing the floor would swallow me whole. It wasn’t a moment of complete mortification, but it is blog worthy. It all started (as many embarrassing moments do) when, on a Monday morning, I was surprised by a visit from my Auntie Flo . . .

I took an early lunch to run to the store. I only had one item to purchase (tampons), and thought I’d be right in and out. I was surprised though to see that what I had intended to buy was marked down to $1.18 from the typical price of over $8.00 a box. Being a person who cannot pass up a bargain, I decided to pick up several boxes so I could stock-up incase of another such emergency. I grabbed as many boxes as I could carry, and went to the check-out line. There were only 2 cashiers working, and both lines were quite long. I waited patiently in the shorter line, and when it was my turn I laid the boxes down. The cashier rung up box after box of what was supposed to be hugely discounted feminine hygiene products, only to have them ring up at $4.97 each – still a savings, but not nearly as cheap as I’d anticipated.

“Something must be wrong,” I said to the cashier. “They boxes were marked at only $1.18.”

She looked at me, and I could tell she was thinking “Yah right lady. Can you see the line forming behind you?” Instead, she called for a price check.

At this moment, I wanted to just pay for my purchase and get the heck out of there. I didn’t care if I paid $30 something for a year’s supply. The long line behind me was starting to look like an angry mob, frustrated at me for making them wait longer. I smiled politely at them, and tried to look somewhere else, but I could feel their eyes burning me. The poor cashier had no response to her price check, so she left the line to go find out for herself.

Standing there waiting for her, I was tempted to just leave my purchase there and to run out of the store. I could still make it to Wally World and not be late back from lunch. The cashier in the line next to ours kept glancing up at the long line, wondering what-in-the-heck the problem was, and then looking back at me, surely wondering what I wanted.

Finally, after what seemed like an hour (in reality it was at least 2 or 3 minutes) the cashier came back to the line. She told me that there had been a mistake on the price labeled on the shelf (probably by some 16 year old boy) but she would honor the price anyway. She manually changed the price on the register, and then had to wait for a manager to come and override it.

I finally made it out of there with my bag-full-o-goodies.

UGH.

Why can’t this happen to me when I’m buying peas?

19 comments:

:P, corrie said...

$1.18? I would have bought the shelf too! Hopefully you bought lots of chocolate with the money you saved.

Jen said...

Wow thats a deal! I would probably turned to the angry mob and said something like sorry, just getting my years supply. lol Then again I dont embarass easily, but I could see how that could be. At least they gave you the price, some places wont do that. :)

Jess T said...

Awesome! Yeah, that part sucks and it is totally their fault. What a deal though!

Lynita said...

If you were buying peas it wouldn't have been embarrassing! But I am glad you got such an amazing deal, in the end it is definately worth it!

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

Totally a sweet deal but a sucky experience! LOL!! Sorry 'bout that...

Kristine said...

Haha! Hey you got a steal!! I thought you were going to say something mortifying about a leak or something. LOL! No one in that line will ever remember you.

Misty said...

This is awesome. Totally a great story to share and isn't that always the way it happens? Just when you DON'T want the attention, is when you get it. I always make my husband buy them for me - then he can show how much he loves me!!!

beeeeeeeee said...

Oh no. This stuff can only happen when you by "Feminine" products or, in my case, "bowel issues" products (even though they were for someone else. Really.)

:-)

Congrats on your great deal!! Bragains rock!

Chelsea said...

You just described my husband's worst nightmare. He was constantly worried that something like that would happen to him when he bought me tampons. (He doesn't have to anymore since I use a Diva now.) :D

Koreena said...

At least they honored the price and you got a steal!

I hate it when I hold up a line because I can FEEL the hatred seething from the people behind me.

Stephanie F. said...

LOL! Embarrassing but worth it :)

Tiburon said...

Hey that is a killer deal - totally worth the embarrassment!

Anne Marie said...

Ha ha! That's a great story. I'm glad you got a deal out of it! My personal opinion is that feminine items are SUCH a waste of hard-earned money... but not really an option. Grrrr....

carrie said...

I would have totally done the same thing as you.... That is a GREAT deal and so worth bugging everyone behind you. :o) One time I went to Robert's and they charged me $93.17 instead of $3.17....and I made everyone wait, too, while they fixed it. Everyone was glaring at me, as well....but I didn't much care. They would have done the same thing. :o) I wasn't going anywhere without my $90. :o)

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Lindsay said...

HA! That is great, you and all your boxes of tampons!

Omgirl said...

Did the cashier ask over the loudspeaker, "I need a price check on 12 boxes of tampons, please" ? Because I probably WOULD have run out of the store!!

Holly said...

haha.. I would have stocked up too! I hate buying that crap

Laura said...

I can't believe they honored the price! I mean- I've been in the same situation... just to have the manager say, "oh! Sorry- that was the wrong price."

Then I buy just one box and people are REALLY burning me with their lazer beams of hate.

You go girl!