DIY tip #248:
There's a 12-mile queue of pensioners using their 10% discount cards.
I only went there on my annual "good weather" pilgrimage to buy some cheap
hanging baskets that will inevitably wither and die after a week, and I lost
the will to live. Let this be a lesson to others.
Go in at any given time on the day and there is, without fail, a wizened
old fella, hands behind his back, silently whistling and rocking on his
feet (ever so slightly) staring down the fixings aisle with the
concentration of an 800 yd sniper.
I use 'em regularly if I'm spending more than a couple of hundred quid.
It's a nuisance having to fuck about with the wheelchair and listen to
three month's worth of the neighbour's woes but the savings can't be
tip #248b ... take a trip a bit further along the checkout tills to the
trade counter and you can usually be served quicker and you can pick up a
free cup of coffee from the vending machine. I thank you. :o)
Grrr. Don't get me started.
When I visit B&Q I want a quick in-get it-get out, I don't have the time to
Enter the coffin dodgers on Wednesdays. Clog up the checkouts, always
manage to find the only item instore with no bar code, wait until they are
asked for payment before they start searching for the card, can't recall the
PIN & insist on telling the cashier their life story.
Dave - The Medway Handyman
I should have turned round as soon as I saw the car park full of Metros and
a sea of beige polyester slacks moving slowly towards the entrances. I
actually went to Homebase instead, and couldn't believe when I came out, all
the cars in the car park had flyers under the wipers promising discounts
from Focus!!! They must be paying someone to leaflet the opposition's
customers, cheeky sods.
On Thu, 23 Apr 2009 20:40:39 +0100, "Mentalguy2k8"
Focus must have a surplus of advertising material. There are flyers
for Focus placed in local newsapapers (the ones pushed through letter
boxes for free) yet their store closed down 2 years ago and the
nearest is over 30 miles away.
Our B&Q has an auto alarm system that warns the manager / checkout
supervisors when more people are heading for the check-outs....they can then
close then down before the rush!
This is not just Wednesday, this is any day!
Sunday, when it's warm and sunny and especially around Spring bank holiday,
is always a good time to see just one or two solitary checkout operatives
and everyone else hiding somewhere.
I once wrote to the head office and suggested a re-branding to B&queue
I recently e-mailed B&Q pointing out that as a keen, over 60 DIYer, I
regularly find myself driving to the next town, to buy at Focus DIY, because
they give the 10% discount to over 60's every day - not just Wednesdays.
I pointed out that if I'm in the middle of a job and need some materials, I
want them *then* - not in a few days' time. I suggested it was about time
they caught up with the competition.
Surprisingly I did get a response - stating that they had no plans to extend
the over 60's discount across the week - but card-holders would be notified
if this was changed in future.
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