Friday, March 6, 2009

Frustration

Yesterday I went to the mall in the morning. I had something to return and figured I would browse a bit. Sounds simple enough, right?

So, I get there and we walk past Auntie Anne's and or course Bubby asks for a pretzel. Since it is time for a snack anyway, I buy him one. I order "Plain pretzel, no salt please". The lady gets the pretzel and then asks me if I would like to buy cheese sauce for it. What?? Yes, I ordered a completely plain pretzel, but would love to give my 2-year-old a bowl of hot cheese sauce in the brand new stroller. I smile and say "No thank you" and then she hits me with "Any soda or lemonade?" If there is something worse than a 2-year-old with cheese sauce, it is a 2-year-old with a big lemonade. Been there, done that, not pretty. I give her one more "No thank you" and finally pay for the darn pretzel.

I make it to the store where I have to return a pair of leggings. I had just bought them, paid cash and had my receipt. But no siree...I cannot get my money back until I provide my name, address and phone number. O.k...by now I am getting annoyed. Bubby is attempting to stand up in the stroller and I am starting to worry what other information I will need to provide to get back my $7.99...I am worrying the next step may be fingerprinting or a strip search. The saleslady is sensing my irritation and finally gives me my money.

At this point I leave the mall and am just annoyed. I am realizing why I love shopping on-line. There is just one more stop. I walk into Starbucks, order my "tall, non-fat, no-foam, no-whip hot chocolate" and within a minute have the drink in my hand and Bubby has a Starbucks sticker on his shirt. Finally...something easy...I totally heart Starbucks. :)

6 comments:

MamasHood said...

Starbucks...yum. I could go for one of those, maybe hubby will buy me one tomorrow when we go to our son in-laws graduation from Airborn school.

Sorry to hear you had "one" of those days at the mall. It does make shopping on line so much more appealing.

Have a great weekend.
Cheri

Heather said...

I have pretty much given up on shopping with Sophie. Too stressful! Online after she goes to bed is much easier.

Hope you have a good, less frustrating weekend!

Stan said...

I have given up on retail people in general. Having worked retail for a few years gave me a new outlook on them, and I used to cut them some slack. But lately my tolerence for them has been nothing but. The pretzel sales person is brainwashed to try and up sell you. That is why they have to keep offering you everything. When I worked at the Big Blue Store that sells electronic stuff. We were drilled everyday to up sell everything. It's really one of the reasons I quit. But I do hate when they do that, specially when I went to McDonalds the other day to get a bottle of water cause they were convenient and they tried to up sell me on that. :P

RunWithMe said...

Yep, Starbucks always comes through!

Tanya said...

Sheesh-sounds like you had quite an experience! I was in a coffee house with a friend some time ago (not Starbucks) and the choices they kept throwing at me were overwhelming. I finally told the barista that I just wanted a small cup of coffee. Just coffee. Plain old coffee...

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