Tuesday, November 9, 2010

This afternoon, I was hanging around outside of the kennel because my dishwasher is finally getting replaced, and I didn't want to get into the middle of something only to have to abandon it half-finished when they brought the new one in.

Since I didn't have anything better to do, I was being register person for a few hours, while trying to let the manager on duty do the things that only she knows how to do, like ordering and inventory n'stuff.

Instead, she ended up doing my job and helping someone at the puppy window.

I heard her say, "Well, I don't know if it'll go through, but I'll try to charge one penny on it and see.  If it works I'll just give you a penny and if it doesn't, well then we know."

She comes up to the register with this CareCredit credit card.  She says, "Do you know what this is?"
"Yeah," I said.  "It's a credit card for health care expenses."  It pretty much says so clearly on the card.

"It's not going to work here."  It wasn't a question.  She knew full well it wasn't going to work.

"No, I seriously doubt it.  What is she trying to use it for?"

"She wants to buy the Pomeranian."

Seriously?  With a health care card?  People are getting desperate when they're trying to use their health care cards to buy puppies.

She tried anyway.  Just in case.

It didn't go through.

Since no one was at the register, I walked back with the manager to see how this lady was going to take the fact that her health care card could not be used to obtain puppies.

She went from exceedingly cheerful to exceedingly sour instantly, dragging her granddaughter or whoever the young girl with her was out of the puppy room with her snapping, "Well I guess we'll just leave, then," at the manager as though she had something to do with the fact that her health care card could not be used anywhere but, oh, say, a doctor's office or pharmacy.

I can't wait to not have to deal with that sort of nonsense.  You have no idea.


  1. And that is why I've avoided working retail like the plague. I worked as a security guard when I was in college, and that is as close as I got! Dealing with the public is a big fat NO.

  2. It's exactly like that. Even in stores that sell puppies. We can have a kennel half-full. Someone will ask, "Are these the only dogs you have?" "Yes." "You don't have any more in the back or anything?" We get that question. About dogs. Sometimes I wonder if they think we just have cellophane-fronted boxes of puppies stacked up back there, just waiting for us to come and take them out of their packaging and put them on display. WHAT DO THEY THINK IS BACK THERE?!

  3. She must not need her meds that badly if she's trying to spend that much money on a puppy.

    Also: All your kennels are belong to me.

  4. "Wow" is exactly what I said after it happened. Just wow.

    And you can have all my kennels! I put Ringo in a front kennel today, putting him for sale Friday before I leave.