Monday, November 10, 2008
The Price is Right (In Any Language)
I went to a store whose symbol is a big bullseye and decided that I wanted to purchase an item that had two different price points. On one shelf it was $5.99 and on another it was $4.99. I checked--the sizes and make were the same. So I chose one from the $4.99 stock and went to the cash register.
When the item scanned at $5.99, I told the cashier that it was $1. She held it, looked perplexed, and then continued ringing up my other items. I waited to see if she'd wait until the end to try to verify the price. She didn't. So I mentioned it again. And again she held it and looked perplexed.
Finally, she consulted cashier in the next aisle, in Spanish.
"She says that this is $4.99, but it shows up as $5.99."
The other cashier responded in Spanish, "She says that this is $4.99, but it shows up as $5.99?"
"Yes," I said, in Spanish. "It is $4.99, but it shows up as $5.99." They ignored me.
Then my cashier calls the manager and says to her in Spanish, "She says that this is $4.99, but it shows up as $5.99."
Then the manager asks me in English, "Was this $4.99 on the shelf."
"Yes, I answered in English."
So the manager took a dollar off.
Then some other employee came by and asked my cashier if she had been speaking to the other cashier. He was a little off because he then went off on a tirade about people not speaking the right language, but he didn't direct this speech at anyone in particular.