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    On Pennies, Principles, and Pissiness

    | Edmonton, AB, Canada |

    (This is when I was working at a certain home improvement store in a rural area of Edmonton.)

    (A lady walks up carrying a bag of manure.)

    Lady: “Can you tell me the price of this item, please?”

    Me: “Sure thing. It comes up to $6.50, ma’am.”

    Lady: “$6.50? Hmm…I don’t suppose you can call [competitor store] and see how much they sell it for, can you?”

    Me: “Sure thing, ma’am.”

    (I call up our competitor, and it turns out they sell the same product for $6.49.)

    Me: “They have it on sale for $6.49, ma’am.”

    Lady: “$6.49! Would you be able to make a price match?”

    Me: “Uh….you want me to lower the price from $6.50 to $6.49?”

    Lady: “Yes, that’s right. Is that a problem?”

    Me: “Well, uh…”

    (She wants it lowered by a CENT? The store policy doesn’t let me lower it unless it’s a dollar difference, or by special request of the currently absent manager.)

    Me: “Erm…well, policy is that we can’t lower the price unless the difference is at least a dollar.”

    Lady: “What!? That’s crazy! I demand you lower the price for me, or I’m taking this straight to management!”

    Me: “Ma’am, there’s really no need to do that. It’s company policy, there’s nothing really I can do.”

    Lady: “FINE!” *throws down the bag* “I’m leaving and going to [competitor store]!”

    Me: “…Have a nice day.”

    (I’d like to point out that the nearest competitor store is about twenty minutes away. She’d have paid more in gas getting there than she would have if she just bought it here.)