Things you learn in school are useful in real life. Like addition. I learned it in the first grade. Subtraction. Learned it the following week. In first grade we called it take away. Six take away four equals two.
It was a lesson I called on in the grocery store today and tried to teach someone else.
Not that I wanted to be at the grocery store.
I didn't want to leave the apartment today.
I was just in one of those moods where I wanted to be totally useless and lazy and watch movies I've already seen and nod off and wake up just to eat then go back to sleep.
But, since it is Valentine's Day, I got inspired to cook something new for a nice dinner at home with my guy (who is a self-professed Valentine's Day scrooge so I knew we weren't going out or doing anything special). I found something that sounded tasty and interesting online, so I (reluctantly) threw on some sweats and went to the grocery store.
Now, I hate the Safeway near my house. No matter how many cashiers they have, the lines always go down the aisles as people buy extraordinary amounts of food. The cashiers are often slow and surly. But I didn't feel like driving all the way to Whole Foods to pay more for the same things I could get at the much closer Safeway.
I got my items then picked an "Express Lane" and waited. The man in front of me must have been doing something for V-Day because he had a dozen pink (though wilted looking) roses, a bottle of cheap Sangria, two tubs of ice cream (Spumoni and Mocha Swirl) and a big ole frozen lasagna tray. I thought it was cute.
When the cashier finally rang him up, the man looked at the item screen and protested. "The ice cream case said buy one get one free." The cashier said that the discount with the store card would be reflected when he finished ringing everything up. He finished. And, sure enough, the machine subtracted money. But, it didn't ring up as BOGO. The man asked for a price check. Good for him. The cashier waited, then decided to look at the case himself.
I am nosey. So I looked at the man's screen.
Regular price ice cream: $5.99
Wait... BOGO, the man would have paid $5.99 for the two tubs of ice cream. With this deal, he was paying $3.98 for the two tubs. Not that it was any of my business, but I said quietly to him "This is a better deal than buy one get one free."
He looks at me incredulously. "No, the sign said buy one get one free."
I proceeded to explain why this was a better deal. He said again that the sign said buy one get one free. I started to think that maybe I had lapsed into Chinese pig latin and he couldn't understand the words coming out of my mouth. I said again, this is a better deal.
"How do you figure that?" he snapped.
Because I can ADD. It's a skill I learned in the FIRST GRADE.
Then he said something which caused my brain to derail so I clapped my mouth shut to process what he said. He said something about how he could get the two for $1.99 or something ridiculous. The only thing I could think is that he thought that the ice cream would ring up as $1.99 AND he' get the other one for free.
Um, have you ever been to the grocery store before sir? When would that ever happen?
An employee overheard our increasingly loud conversation and came to see what was the matter. He told her that were just arguing over semantics. Uh, no, I was trying to save him $2.02 and he was in la-la land.
He explained to her what the problem was, she looked at the screen and then told him that this was a better deal. Wonderful! Someone else who can add too!
Now he was just pissed and said "Whatever, I'll just pay. I don't have three hours to stand here and wait."
The cashier reappears with the BOGO signs in his hands, muttering that they had expired yesterday. The man pays, telling them that they should stay on top of that because it misleads customers. Right he was. But all I could think is, what about the poor saps that came in here yesterday and blew $2.02 on the BOGO deal when the $4 off deal was much better?
I shoulda stayed home watching What Not To Wear.