Annoyances...

AKA why I no longer like this time of year...

So I had to get the oil changed in the CR-V today and figured I'd price out new printers while I was on that side of town. You know, for a future purchase, since my current one no longer wants to print with magenta.}:/

But first I had to go by Michael's as I needed a few small boxes.

ONE person working the registers. Line of people 3 deep when I get in line, 10 deep by the time it gets to me.

She was asking every single person if they get Michael's email coupons. If they say no, she asks if they want to sign up and starts rattling off all the good points. Then she tells them to have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Mind, the line is in front of the windows, in the sun, so it's getting warm and the store was already warm as it was.

So she gets to me, and does her spiel. I say no, but I don't shop here often enough to make it worth my while anyway (I don't, usually I order these boxes online). Well, she clammed up and gets a face like she's eaten a lemon.

Hands me my receipt and ... that was it. Ok then. So I pointedly told her to have a Happy Thanksgiving and walked out.

Head over to Walmart- what? They tend to have good printers for less than other stores. I really don't care for this particular Walmart as the employees can be very rude, but well, I was going past it anyway.

It's busy, but tolerable. Not bad prices on printers, make mental notes.

Then I head to Staples, which is next door to Best Buy.

Oh Staples. I get that you don't get many customers, but when a person says they're just pricing printers, leave them alone already. And for cryin' out loud, don't look so shell shocked when I say I don't come out on Black Friday, let alone send your co-worker over to annoy me.

SHE actually tried to tell me you have great deals on Friday, AFTER I said I wasn't coming out. Then she hovered.

If there's nothing I hate more about store employees, it's the ones that hover. I just want to look at printers in peace, is that too much to ask?

Then she asks what I planned to use it for. At least, I think that's what she asked. Her accent (Irish, maybe Scottish) was really thick and I had to ask her to repeat herself. After a second of hesitation, in which I deciphered what I hoped she'd asked, I said I did a little of both - printing and photos.

Then of course she just HAD to recommend a printer. HAD to, it's like a requirement or something. And she asked if I was coming out on Black Friday AGAIN.

Look, the answer is going to be the same no matter how many times you ask or how you ask it or when you look at me like I grew a second head when I say NO, I don't come out on Black Friday.

So, left Staples, went to Best Buy. Little kids EVERY. WHERE.

No, lady, your kid is not cute when they're sprawled across a computer box, kicking their feet in the air. No, sir, your son is not cute when he's demanding that you buy that game for him right now this instant oh my. *headdesk*

And NONE OF YOU are special that you need to not only block one side of a narrow space around a display of HP printers, but BOTH SIDES.

Cheaper prices on a couple Brother printers I was eyeing though.


And whoever decided playing Christmas music BEFORE Thanksgiving was the ideal thing to do, needs to have their music privileges revoked. Permanently.

Now I have to go price tires for Orion. Yay fun?


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(Anonymous)

That experience at Staples is exactly why I almost always shop at Best Buy. OfficeMax is even worse.

I'm pricing laptops, so I did a swing by Staples to comparison-shop. Made this clear to the salesguy (saleskid? he certainly wasn't a salesMAN) - comparison-shopping, NOT buying today - and he hovered anyway. Didn't pester, at least, or try to shove BF sales down my throat, but clearly and obviously hovered. So annoying.

But then I went to Best Buy, and guess what? The hovering was worse.

I blame the season. Maybe I'll buy a laptop sometime in January, when the stupidity is over with.

-Casey