This is my friend Sue. She is part of an Avon walk for Breast Cancer team and her team name is Walking 4 2nd Base. I just love that team name. Anyway, Sue had a pretty out of focus picture on her about me page for the walk so I offered to take a better one for her. I think it came out pretty nice. I have to send her a copy of the image so she can replace the other one.
Sue is a very dedicated walker. While many people are wondering what they are going to wear for their team Sue is out there walking. We belong to the same gym and the difference between us is that she actually goes. Something I really need to do is get back into a routine at the gym. But when I did go I would see Sue go into the group class rooms. She does kick boxing and all the high end work out till you drop programs. Like I said she is much more dedicated than I am. So what I am trying to tell you is that she is committed and needs some support in any way that you can help. If you would like to help please go to Sue’s donation page for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Today was an interesting one in the world of retail for me. For one thing, did you know that at Stop & Shop (a grocery store around here) milk goes for $4.79 a gallon but at the Hess gas station it goes for $2.99. How is that possible. I will have to ask Stephen The Dog if he would write a letter for me. He is good at writing letters. And he is holding some sort of contest to and giving away a T-shirt.
After I picked up milk at Hess I ran to Stop & Shop for the rest of the groceries. I use their new scanning system where you go in use your stop and shop card to activate a hand help scanner and you go around the store bagging your own buys as you shop. You pick up an item scan it and place it into your bag. When you are done you go to the check out scan a bar code signifying that you are done shopping and then give the scanner and your Stop & Shop card to the check out person.
It is pretty simple to do and I use it all the time. I like the bar code scanner. One day a friend was telling me that it is a bad idea for the store because they have no way of knowing whether someone is being truthful and scanning each item that they put into their cart. I never thought of that. Well, today I was randomly selected for an audit. So there is a system in place. However this was something that the check out person and her supervisor had not seen before so they were unsure of how to proceed. I’m pretty easy going so I let them do their job without getting cranky. The guy two people behind me was losing his mind though. Oh how I wanted to tell that jerk to zip it. It is hard enough doing a job like that without someone being a dick. Just relax, take a deep breath and you will make it through without a problem.
The huffy guy continued to fume so I kindly suggested that they just scan my items normally. I only had 5. They took that suggestion and all was well.
After that I stopped to pick up a veggie pizza from La Strada. I had ordered it before going to Stop & Shop and so it would be ready after I was done. I ordered the veggie but only wanted mushrooms and olives on one half of the pizza rather than on the whole pizza. I said this clearly twice and the person on the phone repeated it back to me correctly. When I got the pizza home there were no mushrooms or olives on the entire pizza. Again I am easy going so I ate the pizza and then called the shop. I wasn’t looking for anything I just wanted to alert the shop that I liked their pizza but they messed up my order. Apparently the person taking the order did not clearly communicate my wishes to the person making the pizza. She apologized and credited me a pizza. I will certainly continue to frequent this establishment because despite their mistake they handled things well to make the customer (me) happy. If only the airlines were so customer oriented.
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