Return To Math

, , , | Right | February 1, 2020

(I am a manager at a store and I witness this interaction between a customer and an associate. We are doing a special coupon on Wednesdays that gives the customer 40% off one full-priced item.)

Associate: “Hi there, how can I help you today?”

Customer: “I’d like to return this shirt.” *slides coupon across the counter*

Associate: “Oh, did you want to return it and re-buy it with the coupon?”

Customer: “No, I just want to return it, but another associate said if I brought it on Wednesday, I could get 40% off.”

Associate: “Well, I can return it, rebuy it with the discount and then return it again, but all that does is give you your money back in three steps instead of one.”

Customer: “Oh! Well, then, just return it, I guess.”

Associate: “Okay…”

(I guess the customer’s math skills weren’t the best.)

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