Going to a Party

30 11 2010

****A quick note for my local friends who don’t read this through a reader.  I’ve added several posts today and back dated them as far as Oct. 13, just to drive my sister crazy. 😀  Actually, I back date so the things show up on the actual finish date so I can look back in the future and dates will be correct.  Driving my sister crazy is just an added benefit.****

I’m planning to attend an ornament and decoration exchange this coming Sunday.  If I have the time I like to make my own exchange gift and I just finished it last night.  (For me that is PRE planning!)  It is from a pattern by Raggedy Pants called Is It Time Yet?

And the back view.

I can give it up because I have another about half-finished.  Anybody want to come with me to the party?


Law Enforcement Tree

27 11 2010

I put up the majority of our Christmas decorations yesterday.  This is the first year I’ve ever purposely done a theme tree.  (I’m more of an eclectic kind of gal.)  Guy and I saw a bristle tree used for display in an antique mall last year.  I found one on eBay, but it didn’t get here until after Christmas.  Guy has been picking up police ornaments (haven’t managed to find any Sheriff Deputy ornaments) when he sees them and this year he got his own tree.  We went to Hobby Lobby tonight and picked up a few things to fill it out.  A few more ornaments and some red, white and blue jingle bells.

Did you notice the badge wired to the top?  It moved from the scarecrow wall hanging to here.  Next year I might let Guy wear his anniversary badge.  😀

What Price Courtesy?

1 11 2010

I stopped at Hobby Lobby this morning to pick up one item.  A couple of customers ahead of me in line were two friends.  The first one got to the register and she had two packages of stickers.  She insisted they were both on sale.  The cashier (a girl who was probably about 18) said I’m sorry this one isn’t on sale.  The customer wouldn’t accept her word and so the cashier asked another older cashier who said, “only the 3D stickers are on sale today.”  The customer continued to argue that the signs didn’t specify, but chose to not buy the flat stickers.  She paid and her friend moved to the register. 

The friend also had two packages of stickers, one with a clearance price tag.  The cashier politely told her clearance priced items were not included in the sale.  This customer rudely insisted the signs did not state clearance items were excluded.  The manager happened to walk by and the cashier asked him.  He confirmed her statement.  The customer turned to the manager and said, “The sign didn’t say it, I looked!”  The manager responded it does say it.  By this time both packages of stickers are rung up and the customer says if they aren’t on sale I don’t want them, than changes her mind and is making comments about false advertising.  I finally can’t keep my mouth shut any longer and point out that the posted ad for the week does state all previously marked down items are not included in the sale.  She insists that if the sign doesn’t say it, they have to give the discount. 

In the mean time her friend walks back to check the signs.  As the second woman is starting to walk out the door her friend calls out,  “It does say it.”  Without a backward glance they continue out of the store.

I was bothered!  They didn’t even offer an apology.  In my opinion they had three strikes against them. 

  1. They were rude!
  2. They were wrong!
  3. AND they lied!

I saw the price of the sticker package in question, and they would have saved all of 71 cents.  I have to ask myself, isn’t courtesy worth more than 71 cents?  Don’t misunderstand, I’m all for getting a good deal.  I also endorse correcting mistakes at the register both in my favor and in favor of the store.  But there is a kind, courteous and humane way to go about it.  My heart ached for the cashier.  So as the busy shopping season bears down upon us, I hope I will pause to make retail workers’ days a little more pleasant.