Have you ever wondered where some people get their
brains calculators from? A recent trip to Walgreens left me pondering that very question.
There was a large bin of items for 75% off. Most of it was Easter things, but there were some non-Eastery items, and one such item looked desirable to me. So I picked it up and asked the cashier at the check out if it was included in the 75% off. She didn’t know, so she asked the manager, who happened to be standing right there. The manager said it wasn’t supposed to be, but since it was in the bin she told the cashier to ring it up 75% off. Sweet.
But because the item wasn’t on clearance the cashier had to figure out what the total would be. 75% off an $11 item. I think it took me all of 20 seconds to figure it out, and I told her the total should be $2.75.
She looked at me, a little amazed. She hadn’t yet been able to pull the calculator out of the drawer. “Really?”
“Yes, I believe so.”
“Well, let me just check” – she had, after all, managed to pull her handy dandy calculator out of the drawer, so she might as well use it now.
She clicks in some numbers and then rings up my item at $2.50.
“Wait! It should be $2.75.”
“No, my calculator said $2.50.”
“But 75% off $11 is $2.75.”
“But my calculator said $2.50 – is that ok?”
Um… no, it’s not ok that even with the aid of a calculator you can’t figure out a basic math skill. But I didn’t say that. Oh how I wanted to. But I didn’t. I don’t like to make people hate me. And I really just wanted to get out of the store. So I said “Sure, that’s ok.” Even though I didn’t really want to.