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Thread: the price of squash

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    Senior Member arimuse's Avatar
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    now, I replied to a topic about a rude show attendant, and a lot of people said well, its a small issue. It is and it isnt. You certainly can't take it to heart, but you have to address it, here's why.
    Anyone behind you who did not carry the flyer and doesn't have money for an extra ticket they were not expecting to pay will have problems so it isnt just about you, people, volunteers will get the idea they actually run things when they don't and may give out misinformation, and there may even be someone who knows the price and is skimming the door.

    So, squash. last week I went and bought a few things at a local grocery. It rang to 30$ and on the way to the car I just couldnt get over the cost - I was sure I didnt buy that much. I checked the bill and they charged me 10$ over on a fresh butternut squash! and, it was on sale by a 1$ off a pound!!

    The checker who rang me was busy so I went to the desk. I showed the bill, the squash (it was a small one)- the girl just looked at me, I said, excuse me, but this is only a squash, not a doubloon, and its on sale for 69C a pound and this is not a 15 pound squash.
    she looked over to the checker, at which point I very calmly said in a low voice, the checker didnt miss ring this, the machine weighs it on the scan, so her machine is broken (she really should have caught that ring!) or the computer is not set right for the price.

    she cleared my charge, and tried to ring it - still ringing up wrong. she called another clerk over (it really helps that PT, 17 year old HS kids are doing this job!) they ring it again - she says but thats the code it has on it. I slowly said call the produce mgr and tell him he has the wrong codes on his squash, and I stood there until they got someone from produce. And I wouldnt leave until he showed . Because, where I live, most people, if they have jobs, make no more than 10$ an hr and
    this squash was on sale all week. If you dont check your bill after spending 100$ or more on groceries you dont need to be giving a store 10$ on a bill cus you thought you got a deal feeding your family fresh veggies - thats why it matters, its not just that it matters to me, it matters to all of us.

    you could always go back, but with gas so high, driving back in for the correction throws it away on the gas to come and go sharet

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    Well said.

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    I agree you should get what its marked at...

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    I can remember my mom checking each item on the receipt - literally checking it off. Never thought to ask what may have happened that caused her to be so thorough.

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    My mom and sisters tease me about getting in a checkout line with me. It never fails, either someone ahead of me has an issue or I get over charged for an item (and I point it out). I always pay attention and many times sale items and regular priced items ring up at the wrong price. I have been known to go get the sale sign posted over the product because a cashier will not honor the sale. I work hard for every penny that I earn and I do not feel that a huge corporation should get any more of my money than required. If everyone gets overcharged just a few cents that adds up to $$$$$$$$ for the corporation. ☺ Putting my soapbox away now.

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    I use to embarrass my children to no end when I would question prices at the check out line. I would have to remind the checkers about sales and specials. Now that my children are grown and on their own I've noticed they also pay attention at the check out.

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    I try to keep track also. Mervyn's was famous for having things marked at the rack but not on the register. If you didn't watch, the clerk didn't either. They were actually caught and severely fined for their actions.

    And I have contacted a local fast food restaurant on-line when I was short changed by $5.00. It was not for the $5.00 but I was concerned they had an employee that was skimming at the window. It turned out it was his first day and they offered to reimburse me, which was nice. I am the person that hands back the extra money when a clerk gives me to much and I have no trouble saying the change was wrong. But ever so often we are in too big of a hurry and do not notice it until later. Fast food places hire a lot of teens, so if they have one looking to make more than it should, then the manager needs to be notified.

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    I'm guilty of not checking, and I'll only question something if is well out of line (like a $10 squash).

    I TOTALLY agree with you though. The prices need to be correct for everyone and making sure that it is corrected is a community service.

    Bravo.

    But I have to ask (cause I'm a debating kind of gal ), had the price rung up much lower, and you had noticed it, is it still a community service to get the price corrected for everyone?

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    But I have to ask (cause I'm a debating kind of gal ), had the price rung up much lower, and you had noticed it, is it still a community service to get the price corrected for everyone?[/quote]

    Yes, it goes both ways. I can remember taking my son back with me to Walmart because they had failed to charge me for an item. Also, one night at Cracker Barrel the cashier gave me $10 too much in change. They said that if they were short $10 at the end of the night they would call me and have me bring it back. I insisted that they had made a mistake and I would not be coming back just to return $10. They closed the register to count and indeed they were short. These are two times that I remember the specifics.

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    Just about like one day I was in the bank and needed to get money for a money order. I had 800$ cash and needed another 800$ for the money order to make a yearly payment on our swather for the farm. I had 8--100$ bills. I got my other 8 bills and went to the po to get the money order and mail the letter. I counted out the money for the lady at the PO and found I had 100$ extra. I said that's funny, I just got this from the bank. I said I guess I need to go back to find out if they shorted themselves. Both the "NEW" trainee teller and her supervisor checked the till and said no they started with this much and they ended right to the penny. So there must have been 2 --!00$ bills stuck together when the till was started. I said well if you find when you check out the whole bank tills this afternoon call me and I will come in. They never called and the next time I went in the bank--they told me every till checked out perfect with what it was supposed to be and they told me have a happy day. Wow, not often something like this happens. So I had some extra cash for some things that we really needed for the kids.

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    - thats why it matters, its not just that it matters to me, it matters to all of us.

    Amen!

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    good for you! geez try and help people! I cashiered while in college and if the register was short it came out of my PT pay!
    It was really nice of you to try and get them to fix it. I think people just dont ever want to accept they make mistakes, esp with money.

    I always recount my money in front of the teller in a bank, too, when they hand me cash. I remember cashing my paycheck (this was in the early 70s), grocery shopping, and getting a call at home from the bank at 9 PM that same friday nite, and they insisted, when they cashed up that afternoon they were 100$ short and they tracked it down to my transaction! well,let me tell you! I was only cashing a 135$ paycheck! my husband and I counted all the money leftover from paying for groceries and paying bills and had reciepts and everything - I KNEW I didnt take any extra money let alone 100$ more! I was so insulted. They left it as they thought it was me but they would recount, again! I had a savings account, checking account and mortgage with them! Starting next week I recounted my cash at the window and have at every bank Ive used since! sharet

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I'm guilty of not checking, and I'll only question something if is well out of line (like a $10 squash).

    I TOTALLY agree with you though. The prices need to be correct for everyone and making sure that it is corrected is a community service.

    Bravo.

    But I have to ask (cause I'm a debating kind of gal ), had the price rung up much lower, and you had noticed it, is it still a community service to get the price corrected for everyone?
    if it had rung up much lower (the true price was 1.02$) I wouldnt have noticed at all cus I dont check my sales reciepts and it would have been more in line with what I'd figured the price should have been in my head! Gosh, it would have had to be free lol! I would have told them. (more to make the point they have to watch their business better than to save them money) sharet

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    I always try to check my receipt in the store - always have a problem of some kind. Last week I had 3 coupons for Thomas' products - $5, $5, and $1. Bought 2 bags of bagels at $4.59 and one English muffins at $2.50. Carefully explained to the clerk which coupons should be applied to which items. Still got it wrong, had to go to customer service to straighten it out. Plus she missed two other coupons I had, and forgot to give me cash for using my own bags.

    When they really mess up I complain on the website, last time they sent me a $10 gift card for my troubles!!

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    I so agree. I chose 2 spaghetti squash and it rang up for $11.00. They said that was the right price, I left it! I can use regular spaghetti way cheaper than that!!

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    what? what the heck was the price per pound?? Maybe correct, I know cherries in a grocery, even on sale are out of my range!

    went to the hardware store cus it was local, and didnt want to pay the gas to drive out of town to a box store - needed a 1/2 gal of paint for my sewing rm @ 6 months ago - clerk showed me what I wanted - 66$! I said 66 DOLLARS! just like that, DOLLARS!! It better come with the guy who puts it on my walls!! The clerk looks rather annoyed with me, said it was one coat. (one coat my aunt fannie! it had best be a suit w/ 2 pair of pants for that price!). I said take me to the cheapest paint you sell - got the can for 15$. Had to use 2 coats, but one can did it. sharet

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    I bought some asian pears which were on sale once. I too looked at my receipt thinking it was high and yes it rang up without sale price so walked back in. Service desk checked out the price - I was right - and then they gave me ALL my money back for that item. Their policy is you get the item(s) free if it rings up wrong.

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    I like that policy! sharet

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    I agree that we should all watch what we are getting charged. I don't think anyone is trying to "wrong" us, they just make mistakes as we all do. Since things have gotten tighter, I have also been known to ask for a discount at stores where they are known to happen.

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