I work in electronics. Older people can understandably be confused by technology, so I normally go out of my way to be accommodating to the elderly, but this lady was something else.
Old Lady: I’d like to buy these wireless security cameras. My friend got them for $100 off last week, so I want it for the same price.
Me: The sale is over, so unfortunately we can’t give you that price. All I can offer you is a price match if a competitor has a better price.
OL: You’re the only store that sells these! [Not true, but why argue?] I’m old and people get robbed in my neighborhood! You need to be nicer to old people like me. I don’t have this kind of money!
Predictably, she asks to speak to my manager, who tells her exactly what I said. She concedes grumpily.
OL: I don’t want the ones that were sitting on the shelf. Go get me a fresh box from the back.
Me: But they’re the same thing....
OL: Please, just to make me happy!
I go to get another box.
OL: [snatching the new box] How long has this been sitting back there? Where’s the expiration date?
At this point I realize she thinks electronics are like perishable food and will go bad on the shelf. I crank up my salesperson persuasiveness to Full Throttle and, after a long conversation, manage to get her to the register to check out. (She makes me push her cart of course.) I’m about to wish her a good day and escape when suddenly...
OL: How do I power these cameras?
Me: The batteries are rechargeable, and they last several months on a charge.
OL; Wait, you mean I have to recharge them? I’m 82 years old, I can’t get on a ladder to take them down!
Me: Well we have cameras that can be plugged in instead.
OL: So then the burglars will just unplug them, and then what good will they be? That’s why I want wireless!
Me: How would you prefer them to be powered?
OL: I don’t know!
So not only does she think her cameras will rot on the shelf like last month’s mangoes, she also would like them to draw power directly from the cosmos.
She bought them anyway.