I just wanted a dishwasher.
Black. Powerful. Delivered pronto and installed. And a new shower head. Preferably royal blue. One that I could install myself without any tools. How I ended up in the Fun House of Mirrors is anybody's guess.
"You see, there's a glitch in our computer. If you'd like to finish your shopping now and come back later, we'll have your installation contract ready," the salesman said. I didn't believe him. I just thought he wanted to get away from me. They had no business turning me -and my camera - loose in a hardware store. First of all, I am dangerous with a camera. Ask anyone who knows me. I can't take just one shot. I have to take 500 to shuffle through later and pick out the best ones. My imagination goes crazy with ideas when I'm left alone in public with a camera. It's a curse. There were door keyholes to peer through, police tape rolls to ruminate about, plants to hide behind, pine straw to smell, fertilizer to feel, Ruby Red Tuesday entries to capture....do you know how many stories are in a hardware store?
And then the unthinkable happened.My batteries died. What's a blogger to do?
I went looking for a new pack of lithium. All I had to do was discreetly open the pack of batteries, insert 2 in my camera, hide the half-opened pack to pay for later, shove the camera back in my purse and hope that nobody sees me. Easy!
This is how the conversation went back at the contract desk with Mr. Appliance Salesman Of The Year before he politely asked me to go away for awhile. He was having a great day until I showed up on his watch.
"That'll be $464.00 for the dishwasher (it was on clearance)and $114.00 installation charge."
"But the sign says $109.00."
I took him back to the aisle where I'd found the dishwasher and pointed to the sign. "Well, ma'am," he said in a condescending voice, "that's not the right charge on this particular model."
"But that's what the sign says right above this dishwasher. $109.00. Plain as day."
"But that's not the price."
I was getting VERY annoyed.
So I asked, "Your sign also says "Installation Guaranteed in 72 hours. What does that mean? Is that correct or that a mistake too?"
"No, that's correct, honey."
HONEY??!! Are you kidding me?. The sunglasses came flying off my head and started to twirl annoyingly in one hand as I looked at him in disbelief. Do not mess with me if the sunglasses come off.
I am now chewing my sunglasses. "It depends on how fast we can find an installer in your area."
"But that's what it says."
"That's not what it means."
"That's w-h-a-t t-h-e-s-i-g-n -s-a-y-s."
"Yeah, but, that's not what it actually means sweetheart."
"Enlighten me," I said. "What does it actually mean?"
"It means 72 hours from the time we CALL the installer," he said as slooowwwly as he could as if to say you-know-lady-you-just-don't-get-it. I did not fall off the blog truck yesterday. Just for spite I said, "That's not what the sign says!!"
"If I can't have this dishwasher in my house and working by Tuesday I do not want it." He looked at me like I was the one whose brain cells were not firing and started to literally sweat. He went back to the computer to "check out a few things for me." I followed him with a litany of questions and comments.... It's one thing to be ma'am'd all over the place but I hate it when a salesman assumes that because I'm a woman he can pull a fast one and I'll just play nice and say nothing because he calls me SWEETHEART and HONEY??"
I just kept walking and talking..."How can you put up a sign with a price that is wrong and then tell your customers that the installation guarantee written on your very own sign in plain view does not mean what it says? Seriously, your sign says one thing and you expect me to accept another. That is ridiculous," I told him.
And that's when he told me to go finish my shopping because there was obviously a computer glitch. There's a glitch alright sweetheart I thought.....
I wheeled my shopping cart wheels around and spun out of his department in a huff. I had to find a pack of batteries. And fast. "Yes, your Honor, I have photographic evidence, I'd say. I always have proof at hand. I'm a blogger you know....."
Have you ever tried to open a simple pack of batteries with your bare hands?
I'd just had my nails done not one hour earlier. It was impossible. I was in the lighting department by this time, waiting to be summoned back to argue with Mr. Appliance Nazi Of The Year, looking up at the street lights and elegant lighting posts when I got distracted by a Tiffany style chandelier hanging from the ceiling which would have been perfect for Mary's Ruby Tuesday post - even more important than judicial photographs.
And no batteries!?
I found a bunch of sickly tools with pneumonia. I'll bet Doctor Dude would know what to do with those. .They were no help either.....Where is the tool that could open this battery package?
The rulers didn't measure up....
So I tried to get a grip......
Perhaps this will work....And then I saw the answer to my prayers. Right in front of me!
And it only cost 88 cents.
That's all I needed? A screwdriver? Who knew??
I hope they don't require more batteries.
What could be planer than that? Well, except maybe this...
What's a planer anyway? Does anybody really KNNOOWWWW??
By this time people were laughing and whispering behind my blog back. What's she dooooooiiinnnnggg?? Why is she taking pictures of tools?? I heard the whispers! I heard 'em!!
"Can I help you ma'am?"
With a packet of half
"I needed batteries."
"And I couldn't open the pack so I had to find a screwdriver."
He is paralyzed with confusion.
I wanted to get on the intercom system and scream I. A. M. A B.L.O.G.G.E.R!
Wheeeeeeee! I waited until the salesperson stopped watching me and tried to get a few more pics before I had to leave Tool World. It's not likely I'll return..
Have you ever noticed how sexy power tools can be?
This saw (??) should do the trick. So I placed them on the blade to see how it would feel. I have never felt so much testosterone in my life.
It was a moment.
I was having a lovely time feeling my tool oats when I heard, "Miss Pencil Skirt. Paging Mimi Pencil Skirt. Your contract is ready in appliances now." Ah...the dishwasher. Black. Masculine. Sudsy. Tailor-made for Bloggingham's kitchen.
I had so much fun in the store making movies that I forgot all about being mad at The Appliance Tyrant. Time to face the music. He'd brought another sales associate along to help him with Mimi The Irate. He explained all the legal mumbo jumbo, the installation lies, and why I had to sign three times on the dotted line.
I had to sign more papers to get a dishwasher than I signed for Bloggingham's mortgage.
"Do you need my fingerprints too?" I asked.
He was not amused.
Obviously in a hurry to get this transaction over with he said (and I kid you not) -
"That'll be $464.00 for the dishwasher and one dollar and nine cents for the installation."
"One dollar and nine cents?"
I mean! I mean.....I didn't mean to say....
But that's what you said.
"But I didn't mean to say..
"But you SAID $1.09!"
"I know that's what I said but...but..."
"..but if you say $1.09 you have to sell it to me for $1.09...
isn't that right, sir?"
I looked at his buddy who was dying laughing.
I was having a marvelous time.
"I didn't mean to say $1.09. I meant to say 109.00."
"But that's NOT what you said. I'm wondering....is that what you meant?"
"What I MEANT was $109.00......just as you pointed out, ma'am."
"I did point that out, didn't I....."
"Yes ma'am, you did."
"Because that's what the sign says, right?"
"Yes ma'am it does."
"I knew you'd see things my way."
So I put my newly purchased dishwasher in my buggy and went on my way -
Don't you think as much as I paid for the dishwasher and the installation that the man in the blue cap should come with the package?
And I do not see a price tag.
Update Tuesday night! The dishwasher door is broken. They'll be here Friday afternoon.....I can't wait. Sigh.