A Detergent Deterrence, Part 2

, , , | Right | August 23, 2020

I am a high-school senior working as a bagger, and I have just been accepted to a large college in the South. It is a busy Sunday afternoon with all the checkout lanes full.

Cashier: “All right, your total today is [amount].”

Customer: *Curtly* “That’s not right.”

Cashier: “What seems to be the problem?”

Customer: “The laundry detergent should be $2.29.”

Cashier: *Rescans the item* “Sorry, ma’am, this is ringing up at $3.99.”

Customer: “It’s wrong.”

Cashier: “[My Name], can you go and check the stacks to get her the right detergent?”

Me: “Sure.”

I go to where the detergent is and discover the brand the customer wants is completely out of stock, and I return to the front.

Me: “Sorry, ma’am, but it seems to be out of stock.”

Customer: “No, you’re wrong. Here, follow me; I’ll show you where it is.”

I stand there stunned for a few seconds.

Customer: “Well, aren’t you going to follow me?”

While I’m gathering up her groceries to follow her, she stage-whispers:

Customer: “D*** boy can’t read.”

I follow her to the stacks and show her where the laundry detergent is, and I see that it is on closeout sale, meaning we won’t stock it for a long time.

Customer: “Well, grab the sticker so I can get a rain-check.”

I return to the front.

Cashier: “I didn’t know [College] accepted illiterate students.”

A Detergent Deterrence

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