Greetings Fools, I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday weekend. Before I launch into my "for real" post, let me just say this: If you enjoy your freedoms, thank a vet. Today. If you know someone that is still serving in the military, tell them thanks for serving. Yes, it may seems awkward (to both of you, take it from me: when someone tells me thanks for my service, I don't really know what to say. Your welcome? Thank you? Hmm.) Anyway, thank those that have and are serving.
So it's Memorial Day weekend, and yesterday made me question the competence of the American Work force. Why? Here's my story. My wife and I went out yesterday (Friday) to go grocery shopping and get some things for the yard. So of course we went to the two big behemoths nearby, Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD). We get to Wal-Mart and I need to use the "facilities" so I go to the facility, and it literally reeks of urine, and is very disheveled. So I go find the "Manager on Duty." I find a young lady wearing a name tag that says "Assistant Manager" and I ask her if she is indeed the manager on duty. She says she is, and I tell her I had just been in the mens restroom and it was embarrasing, and smelled bad. You know what the first words out of her mouth were? "Well, we had just been running a bunch of kids out of there, and blah blah blah" I was flabbergasted. What ever happened to getting results instead of excuses? I couldn't believe she would offer an excuse first thing for the state of her stores bathroom.
Off we go to Home Depot. Now, I like Home Depot, and I like Lowes (LOW). I especially like Lowes because they ALWAYS/24-7 365 offer military discounts. Of course, its a pain in the butt to get it, because the cashier always has to call the manager on their walkie-talkie, and it inevitably takes the manager 10 minutes to get there, etc etc. Sometimes its easier to not say anything. Anway, we go to Home Depot, and as we are checking out, I am holding my wallet open so that my military ID is plainly visible (thought process: Memorial Day, military discount, kind of go hand in hand, yes?). Cashier says "thanks for your service" and proceeds to ring us up. He gets done, gives me the receipt, and I look at it: No Military Discount! So I say "Oh, you guys don't have a military discount?" And here's the response I get: "Oh, did I do that? And I looked at your ID and everything. Well you could just take your receipt (and all your stuff) to returns, and they'll take care of it for you. Are your FREAKING serious is the thought that was running through my mind. Instead of course, being non-confrontational, I said hey no worries, don't worry about it, forget it, etc. All while thinking to myself, is this for real? Happy Memorial Day, Dave!
That's my story. I know, it's more of a rant than anything else, but I hope someone at Wal-Mart and Home Depot reads this and at least makes an effort to fix the incompetence that I encountered. And also Lowes, I really wish you guys would make it easier for your cahiers to ring up a discount. Standing at a check-out counter, being patient, is really not my strong suit.
Enjoy your long weekend, and remember: THANK A VET!