I was recently in HD and had the same experience; just went in to buy
a box of drywall screws, and had to get in line behind a half dozen
others at the only checkout that was open. Here is what I did:
I spoke up to the customer ahead of me, "I SUBSCRIBE TO
"Oh excuse me sir, please go ahead of me."
I continued this with each customer ahead of me and quickly reaced
the head of the line. Once there, the cashier said, "Sir, you
can't just barge ahead of all these people who were in line before you."
I simply replied, "I SUBSCRIBE TO REC.WOODWORKING"
"Oh, I'm very sorry, sir, of course we will take care of you first.
Please accept my apologies for questioning you."
By this time the manager had taken notice of the commotion and made
his way over to the register. "What is going on here? Is there a
I told him "I SUBSCRIBE TO REC.WOODWORKING." and immediately he said,
"Oh, sir, we are so pleased to have you shopping in our store! Please
accept those drywall screws as a gift from HD! And here is a
certificate for 50% off on your next purchase. May I carry those
screws to your car for you?"
So, you see, you really can solve all of life's big problems, right
here, on REC.WOODWORKING.
Larry Wasserman Baltimore, Maryland
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