Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Have fun for your money and save......
The Ohio readers of this blog will recognize that slogan. One of my friends here has even worked for them. It's a chain of deep discount stores called Marc's. I was shopping at one recently and it reminded me why I don't do it more often.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against saving money. If I did, I wouldn't be going to the Evil Big Box Store(tm) as often as I do. but at least Wally World has some hint of organization.
I had to buy some items for WIXYjr. A bottle of body wash and a bottle of shampoo. I walked into the store and got me a cart. First thing I saw was some pens 35 for $1.00. These were assorted pens with advertising for many out of town businesses. I went through the display and got 14 different ones for Mrs74WIXYgrad as she likes those type of pens. I then went to look for the needed items. The shampoo was easy to find once you understood the layout of the store. Marc's stores are like snowflakes, there are no two alike. Now you would think the soap would be nearby. zzzzzt! Wrong answer. I saw this sign in the far corner, front of the store that said men's toiletries. I go there, no body wash. I go to this aisle that had dish soap, laundry detergent and that had bar soap, but no body wash. I was about to admit defeat when I accidentally stumbled upon the aisle with the body wash and it had what WIXYjr wanted.
Now to the checkout. Seeing that I had just 6 different items after getting 2 bottles of pop and 1 bottle of tea, I decided to go to the express register. That leads me to my next question. Why do they always put the slowest cashiers in the express line???? I think my cashier was Grandma Molasses!
Lady in front of me, when Grandma finally got to her(I think they do a time study of her work, using a sundial) her purchase came to $7.02. Customer hands her a $10. Grandma asks if she has 2 pennies. The customer doesn't. My turn at the register(I was in line so long, I thought I was going to have to start paying rent!)My purchase comes to $12.07. I handed her a $20. I was asked if I had the 7 cents. I didn't. To whomever makes the coffee in the breakroom there:after you clean the coffee maker, do not use vinegar water to make coffee. Grandma is not happy with me because she has to make change. She hands me my change and gives me a look that would freeze alcohol. No thank you, no nothing. And no, I did not thank her for working at Marcs. To those new here click here for the inside story on that.
I won't tell you where the store was, but I will gladly give you three clues. One is Struke is from there. The second is this was the hometown of legendary football coach Paul Brown. The third is that good Catholics go to Mass unless they are ill on Sunday.