From Office Supply Whore, posted to RHU November 2009:
I work for a major office supply store. You'd think that the type of people who voluntarily shop for paper, ink, and toner are mild-mannered by association. This, however, is not the case. My first of many horrible customer experiences comes from a woman who was about 40 who wanted to return her item. I could tell by the caked on blue eyeshadow, fluffy pink sweater, perm, and mom jeans that there was going to be trouble. I was right.
At our store, if you don't have a receipt for your return, you must give a drivers license to us so we can check your ID in a database of fraud ID's. Normally, this almost never poses an issue, but there's always a first time for everything.
After some fumbling around, she managed to find her ID, flashed it at me, and then stuffed it back into her purse.
Me: Ma'am, I need to see your ID...
40 year old woman: You just did.
Me: Ma'am I need to type in your drivers license number.
40 YOW: Why?! Why do you need to do that?!
Me: Because it's just a quick check to see that your ID isn't fraudulent.
40 YOW: IT ISN'T FRAUDULENT!!!!! Why would you need to type in the number!?
Me: As I stated, it's just a check to see that your ID isn't fraudulent...
40 YOW: IT ISN'T!!! You! Why???? Why do you need it!?!?
Me: I can't let you return this without typing in your ID number?
40 YOW: YOU'RE JUST TRYING TO STEAL MY IDENTITY!!!! IDENTITY THEFT!!!!! IDENTITY THEFT!!!!!!
Me: Let me get a manager...
::Manager comes over::
40 YOW: SHE!!! She says you need to type in my driver's lisence number for a return!!!
40 YOW: Why do you need it!!?!
Manager: It's a check in our database of fraudulent ID's. Your ID is most likely not fraudulent, however we must type in the number -
40 YOW: THAT IS AN INVASION OF PRIVACY!!!
Manager: If you want to return this item, then I have to type in your ID number. If not, then I can't do the return.
40 YOW: Why?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Manager: Because we need an ID to do the return.
40 YOW: BUT MY ID ISN'T FRAUDULENT!! I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN!!
Manager: I know. It probably isn't, but we still need the ID for the return
40 YOW: THIS IS IDENTITY THEFT!!!
This exchange goes on for another 15 minutes before she finally agrees to give the manager her ID and type in the number and finish the return. I half expected there to be some sort problem, with the way she was over-reacting. But there wasn't. She was just a dumb fucking bitch.
Manager: Thank you, is there anything else I can help you with today?
A Reddit user recently uploaded a series of photos that suggest there was something a little fishy going on at his local Walmart’s “clearance” section.
The photos posted online last week show items marked with price stickers that are significantly higher than price stickers that are visible underneath. For example, a flashlight on clearance is marked with a $10.97 price sticker, but peeling the sticker away revealed that a previous price was $5.99.
The shopper, whose username is SillyPickle, told The Huffington Post in an email that he took the photos on March 17 at a Walmart store in Riverdale, New Jersey. He posted them on Reddit Friday, writing, “I’ve uncovered a clearance conspiracy at Walmart.”
But Walmart denies there’s any conspiracy afoot.
“This is an isolated incident and a pricing error in this store,” a Walmart spokeswoman told HuffPost in an email.
The Reddit user didn’t address the price discrepancy with any Walmart employees, but the spokeswoman said that if he had brought the item to the register, he would have been charged the lower price.