I went to run some errands this morning and seemed to run into 1 difficulty after the other. First off, I stopped for breakfast at a little dive in Joliet. Breakfast was fine. I went to pay my bill and I got shorted $5.00. Since I had already walked out of the restaurant and into the parking lot before I discovered it, I decided I didn't want the fight and I just sucked it up. My change should have been $12.00, but I was given only a five dollar bill and 2 singles. Ok, next time, check before you leave the counter. Lesson learned.
Then it was off to the bank that my election check was drawn on. For some reason I've been holding it my wallet for nearly a month, so instead of waiting for it to clear at my bank, or paying a fee at the currency exchange, I went to the bank was drawn on. I've done this before, they have my information on file, it shouldn't be a big deal. First off, do all banks have a sign on the door that they don't allow people in sunglasses and/or hoods? I thought that odd and was thankful I took off the shades before I left the car. Once inside I immediately found an open teller, produced my drivers license and signed the check. The teller does a ton of keystrokes on her computer and proceeds to tell me that she has to call for authorization. WTH? Can't they tell at any branch of this particular bank if a check has or has not cleared? I stood for 20 minutes while she was on the phone with some unseen person with the power to approve or deny my valid check. Eventually my check was cashed. Weird. The next election probably isn't until November. Perhaps I should don my shades and a hoodie when I go to cash my next check. I wonder if a swat team will show up.
Then it was off to Best Buy because my laptop was on sale for $50.00 less than what I paid for it. I went to the return counter and produced the ad and my receipt and was told that laptop returns/price adjustments are only done within 14 days. I was at day 16. The clerk looked up, apparently saw the look on my face and steam coming out of my ears and told me she was calling a supervisor. She could tell from the stack of receipts stapled to my Geek Squad folder that I had been in several times. A supervisor comes up, it happened to be the one who did my laptop exchange and external hard drive price adjustment. She reiterated the rules. I reminded her how many times I've been back. She did some manager magic and did the price adjustment to a different product I purchased. Thank goodness "the look" worked because today I was just too exhausted to put up a fight. Insomnia sucks.
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