You know what I had for breakfast this morning? Dill pickle cashews (thanks a lot, TESS, now I'm going to have a $5/day HABIT) and coffee with chocolate creamer in it. Set breath phasers to "stun."
I sense you being TACTFUL about me planning to include a calendar towel in the Guess the Birthdate package. This is only because you have not SEEN this calendar towel. OMG it is so cute. Observe:
Speaking of so cute, yesterday I bought a mug as a gift for my sister-in-law, and I love it too much to give it to her so I'm keeping it myself. Before you judge me, look at the mug:
So pretty! It has dear little STRAWBERRIES all over it, and since "The Strawberry" is the nickname my sister-in-law and my brother use for their baby-to-be, this is now my AUNT mug! I found it at Home Goods; if I go back there in time and they still have more of the mugs, I'll get another one for my sister-in-law and maybe also get one to include with the Guess the Birthdate package. I can wrap it in the calendar towel!
Speaking of Home Goods, I had a customer service experience there yesterday that BLEW MY MIND. I had a coupon for a dollar off a bag of Lindt truffles, so I got a bag of Lindt truffles and I handed over the coupon. And the clerk acted like she had never seen or used a coupon before. She called over the supervisor. The supervisor had never seen or used a coupon before, either. She looked at both sides of the coupon as if I'd handed her something in a foreign language. She read the "To the retailer" section aloud carefully: "Lindt will reimburse you the face value of this coupon..." and then she said, I am NOT KIDDING, "But we're not Lindt!" OMG!
I gave up immediately, because there are certain situations that are just obviously not going to improve, and because I'd already been prepared for the idea that they might not take coupons. Plus, I've worked in retail, so I don't get rude or huffy with clerks. I said oh, no biggie, that was fine, just take the truffles off the order. And the clerk acted as if I'd hit her in the face (stood stock-still, then with GREAT effort started taking the truffles off the order), and then she WOULD NOT LET IT GO. In the next few minutes she told me:
1) That never in her ten years working there had anyone ever tried to use a coupon.
2) That she didn't even know what to DO with a coupon.
3) That they'd have to call the Home Office to find out what to do if this bizarre situation every presented itself again.
4) That they were not a GROCERY store.
5) That maybe I could use it at a grocery store. She could give me directions to the nearest one.
6) That if I'd found the coupon AT Home Goods, of course they'd have honored it. But I hadn't, had I, I'd BROUGHT IT IN with me, right? (She said this like I was trying to get away with something, as opposed to following Standard Coupon Procedure.)
7) That she had worked at Macy's before this job, and that Macy's wouldn't have taken a coupon either.
8) That they were not a GROCERY store.
9) That it wasn't that they "didn't take" coupons, but rather that they weren't, you know, a GROCERY store.
So! PSA! Home Goods is not a grocery store, despite what you may have believed! Also: they have cute strawberry mugs!
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