Drive thru looks promising to avoid contact with ornery cashiers!
If any of the locals in WeHo have ever trotted into CVS @ the corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica Blvd (where the old roller-skating-rink partly owned by Cher once stood) they've probably crossed paths with a dim-witted clerk who appears to have either thrown back a shot or two - or just maybe - gobbled up some mind-bending drugs on her break.
Whenever I am in line to purchase a few items, and I end up at her cash register, it never ceases to amaze me how difficult it is for this middle-aged African-American woman to shift into gear when the next customer strolls up!
For a moment or two, she stares at me with this glassy-eyed look (somewhat reminiscent of one you might expect from someone with poop accidentally running down their pant leg).
Then, she continues to give me the hairy eyeball, as she strains forward - plucks the items up - and proceeds to scan 'em.
In the meantine, she continues to stare at me like I am a creature from outer-space!
This woman is slower than molasses in January!
The lights are on, but nobody's home.
One day, her laziness - and outright refusal to carry out her duties as a cashier - forced me to conjure up a way to handle this incompetent woman (with all the personality of a slug) in future sojourns to the store.
For instance, one day - when I strode up to pay for a few items - I politely asked the old grouch to verify the price.
As you are no doubt aware, CVS is a disreputable pharmacy, that engages in deceitful deceptive business practies and false advertising.
A few months ago, I noted for the record, that on several occasions CVS tried to overcharge me for items that were supposed to be on sale.
For this reason, I posted an alert on my blog to warn consumers about their dishonesty.
Shortly after that post was published, it was announced that a Government Agency (The Department of Consumer Affairs) was investigating CVS for the reasons I aforementioned (in addition to selling expired products).
So, in view of this, I double-check the price of an item on sale to make sure it is accurate.
When I asked this broken-down-excuse for a human being to check the price, without batting-an-eye, she instructed me to check it myself at the "price checker" on the other side of the pharmacy.
Did she honestly think that CVS hired her to stand around and look "ugly" on her shift all day?
Aren't price checks part of a cashier's duties?
At this juncture, I politely informed her to go ahead and scan the item, because I didn't have anymore time to waste.
If the item didn't ring up correctly, I would have requested that she issue the credit back, which would have ended up being be a long-involved transaction process (sure to frustrate the heck out of her).
So, how do you like them apples, lady?
Yeah, life's a bitch, then 'ya die.
Afer that incident, I made a decision to avoid contact with her altogether in the future.
For example, when I was in line yesterday to pay for a pair of socks - and her register was available first - I politely turned to the fellow behind me and told him he was welcome to go ahead of me.
It didn't escape my attention, though, that customers behind started to whisper about what went down..
No, I wasn't be rude (or discriminatory).
I was simply exercising my right to avoid contact with an individual who has demonstrated to me continually in the past that any interaction will always be a negative experience which I am entitled to be free of.
Why should I bless that person with my presence, anyway?
The Lord was quite specific about such matters in the scriptures:
"Never throw pearls before swine!"
Workers in the service industry have a history of putting down the alleged rude or impolite behaviour of celebrities when they cross paths with them - in restaurants and nightclubs, for instance - so I have turned the tables and thrown a spotlight on their inappropriate conduct and lack of manners.
One for the celebs, eh?
Caution slugs ahead at CVS!