Retail Rant

Scenario #1

I recently went to a nearby office supply store to make a few copies.

“Hi. I need three copies of this document on white cardstock.” I wanted to see feel the weight of the paper, so the associate fetched a sample for me.

“Do you have anything heavier? Like just one “weight” up?”

“Yes, but it only comes in gray,” said the associate.

“Gray? You don’t have it in white?”

“No, but you can buy a ream of it and then we can print on it.”

“But I only need three copies. Why can you print it in gray, and not white?”

“We are not allowed to print on the white heavy cardstock.”

Um. Ok. “So you can print on GRAY heavy cardstock, but not white? I don’t understand.”

“It’s just our policy.”

Let me get this straight. I’m at an office supply store that sells paper. I can print three pages on GRAY heavy cardstock, but not WHITE. I would understand if they cardstock was too thick to go through the printer. But that’s not the case since they can print using a different color. So I can spend $15 on 500 sheets of heavy cardstock to make $3 worth of copies, because “that’s our policy.”

I left without making my copies.

Scenario #2

I need a pair of jeans. I go to a nationwide clothing store that I know sells pants in short, regular and long lengths, and being 5’ 2” it’s quite an accomplishment to buy pants that do not need to be hemmed.

I’m looking through the shelves of jeans. I see lots of “shorts” on a top shelf, and lots of “longs” on the bottom shelf. Being vertically challenged, I can’t reach the top shelf, so I must find a store associate to get them down for me.

Maybe I’m going out on a limb, but wouldn’t it make more sense to put the “shorts” on the lower shelves, and “longs” on the top shelves? You know, because taller people, who probably wear “long” might be able to reach the top shelf. Seems logical, but I’m not in charge of the clothing displays.

At this same store, during the summer, they have mounds of flip flops in fun colors. They are arranged on a wall, rows and rows of them. I see all the smaller sizes way up high so you need a ladder to get to them. Here again…maybe I’m wrong…but generally speaking, aren’t women who wear a smaller shoe size going to be shorter? I know there are exceptions, but most of the time, isn’t that the way it works?

So again, wouldn’t it be more logical and appropriate to put smaller sizes on the bottom, and larger sizes up higher? Just a thought.

Scenario #3

I have complained about this before, but I feel I must complain more.

Are baggers at grocery stores taught to put all “like” foods together in one sack? This is a problem when they put 15 canned goods all in the same canvas bag. Why, you ask? Because then it weighs 35 pounds. I may be small, but I tend to think I’m a pretty strong girl. But every time I grocery shop this happens…unless I specifically hover and tell them NOT to put all the heavy stuff in one bag. But isn’t this just common sense?

Two half gallons of orange juice plus three 64 ounces bottles of Gatorade can all fit in one bag, but that doesn’t mean they should. Why not two bottles of Gatorade and three boxes of crackers?

And all the produce in one bag? That’s gets heavy too. Why not fill half the bag with produce and then put a loaf of bread on top? Or that stack of paper plates? That way I don’t need to call the winner of the Iron Man competition to help me unload my grocery cart.

Thanks for listening. I feel better now.

4 thoughts on “Retail Rant

  1. You are talking about common sense, which has not seen the light of day for awhile. I wish there was a place where we could go to rant about the daily examples of people who simply do not make an effort to think something out. I guess this is the place for today.

  2. On scenario #2, I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about! I’m 5’2″ (and a half) and I’m always amazed when I see the short-people sizes on the top shelf. (I blame this on a tall person who’s short on logic)

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