Up against the Wal

I suppose, if I were absolutely, positively determined to pay the least amount of money for stuff, or at least to persuade myself that I was paying the least amount of money for stuff, I could drag myself into a Wal-Mart.

But then I might run into someone like this:

True story: Checkout lines were very long and slow, and I’m standing behind some guy and his wife. Among the items in their cart was a package of some sort of Easter candy, you know, six or eight individually wrapped chocolate whatevers. After a while, he opens the package, unwraps a candy and eats it. Several minutes later he eats another, and then another. They finally get to the checkout, and he was disappointed that the scanner charged him full price for the half-empty package of candy.

His wife proudly crowed, “See? Told’ja!”

This is one of the few times I’ve ever felt any empathy with Mark Morford.


  1. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    4 April 2007 · 7:17 am

    Yup, been there done that

  2. McGehee »

    4 April 2007 · 3:37 pm

    That feller obviously married up.

  3. Andrea Harris »

    4 April 2007 · 10:07 pm

    I’ve never encountered anyone like that at a Walmart. I shop at Walmart all the time — I can’t afford Nordstrom’s. It’s been my experience that at least where I live the obnoxious people are everywhere, not just in certain stores.

  4. CGHill »

    5 April 2007 · 8:46 pm

    My own aspirations seldom rise higher than Sears.

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