Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lots of bullshit

There's a dangerous amount of bullshit going around right now, and a bunch of it is cancer. I don't mean that metaphorically at all. There are a number of people with cancer around me right now and I'm scared and sad. That's about all I can say about it, since it's not my business. Suffice it to say that I'm having a hard time.

The rest of the stuff in my life pales in comparison and I don't really feel like I have that much else to write about. We're unpacking slowly but surely. Our garden yielded its first cucumbers over the weekend. My dad got my wireless up and working. Regular stuff, you know?

This is totally unrelated, but a hot tip I'd like to give you is that there's a law about grocery store scan systems coming up with the wrong price, or a price different than what is posted. If the scan comes up wrong, you get one of the item for free, and then they refund the difference on the other items.

Tonight, I was buying tofu for our dinner at Stop and Shop. The sticker on it said, "2FOR$4", but it rang up as $2.50 each. I brought my receipt to the courtesy desk and she handed me back $3 without any debate. I think the trick is going to the courtesy desk and not talking to the cashier about it.

Seriously, before you leave the grocery store, always check your receipt for discrepancies.

This message brought to you by Jennifer Myszkowskis for Pretending Like Everything is Fine.

Meanwhile, if you blog about anything to do with Comcast, you will get a phone call from Comcast.

Yeah, I didn't know it either, until I got three phone calls from two different guys offering to help me set up my router. Weird, huh? No matter, because my dad came over on Saturday and fixed me up just right.

Going to bed now.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Nancy Little said...

So, if I blog about Verizon On-line will I get a call from them offering to upgrade my DSL for free? I can only hope, huh?

July 17, 2008 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Do you know if the grocery store rule is a true written law, or is it a customer service rule specific to Stop and Shop? I tried to look it up online, but couldn't find anything. While looking, I did find this interesting little tidbit, which is from late June. Perhaps this is the supermarket's way of preventing themselves from having to give up a free item when they mismark something. Or, perhaps it's not a truly accurate site. I'm not sure. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

http://consumerist.com/tag/supermarkets/?i=5019520&t=massachusetts-supermarkets-want-to-remove-price-tags-from-items

July 18, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Myszkowski said...

I thought it was an actual law. I don't know for sure, actually, but if it's not a law, it's standard practice.

No, it's a law. I feel more sure of it now, because I remember it came about because of public outcry about what would happen if the price is wrong, etc.

I think one of the most insidious things is that with the self-checkout, the supermarkets get away with so much more mis-pricing. Every single trip to the grocery store, I have at least one thing ring up incorrectly. I used to talk to the cashier, who would just change the price to the right price, but now I don't and take it to the courtesy desk. If they can't get it right, then they deserve to be penalized, as far as I'm concerned. I'll be glad to take an item or two for free.

And, in truth, I knew from the get-go that the tofu would be problematic because the price tag was different than the shelf tag. I was fully prepared to get my items for free.

Is that wrong?

I really don't think so. Maybe it is. Maybe I'm rationalizing. Deep down I think I'm right.

July 18, 2008 at 9:04 AM  

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