I went into a Rite Aid pharmacy a couple days ago. Select a
couple items from the close out section. The perky young
thing on the register asks for my Wellness Card. Being a
miserable, cantankerous old coot, I tell her I don't have
one. "We can sign you right up for free! Just fill out...."
and I told her that's not going to happen. Well, find out
the only way they will give me the sale price, if I have a
"Wellness card". Which of course requires my name, adress,
etc. I do not wish to be tracked, tagged, marketed,
suggestive sold, and registered with their computer. I told
them to put thier own stuff back. Today I checked with a
different Rite Aid, and find out that's the same policy.
They just lost a customer.
Most store clerks are so young and dronish that I expect few to
recognize any significance to 867-5309. Add either your area code or one
that you are aware exists in or near your area. Otherwise, next time you
dial a number that turns out being said to not exist or be out of service,
note that one as one to use.
Make your name perhaps that of some politician that is just a bit well
known, such as Harvey Milk or Daniel White. (Both of those were in San
Francisco's legislative branch, and one assassinated the other.) I doubt
many store clerks outside Northern CA recognize these names. Or, try
almost any current or recent-past member of Congress from outside your
state, especially one not being one of the few that had a high rate of
being mentioned in news or political debate. Or a past governor of a
state other than your own or of one adjacent to your own.
Make your address one that is past one end of some street, or where a
stop-and-go street is not going, or where a street would be in a river.
Or make it past the last house of odd side or even side in some "hundred"
/ block, or one skipped by buildings incrementing by more than 2 in
address from one building to the next.
Are there still 976 numbers (xxx-976-yyyy)? There were for phone sex and
other pay services.
When I lived in Fort Worth my number was 926-xxxx and I got some wrong
numbers from people who meant to dial 976-xxxx.
When I had a land line at my office I had so much fun with telemarketers
and morons who dialed the wrong number. I would
answer as "FBI, telemarketing fraud unit this is special agent
Campbell how may I help you?" "Drug Enforcement Administration,
this is Ross, who do you wish to turn in today?" My favorite
and most disturbing, "Gay and lesbian hot line, we know life
sucks but we can help you lick your problems, this is Darrell,
are you gay or lesbian dear?" It was most effective when I spoke
with a lisp. I had a guy from Chicago who kept dialing my number,
I answered it differently each time and the guy wound up screaming
at me that first I was this then I was that. I don't think he quite
understood that he was dialing the wrong number. :-)
Sears got so pushy pushing credit cards the line took forever. I said
heres my cash, dont want card.
She asked again I said CALL STORE MANAGER NOW.
the manager arrived:) I asked him are you a merchant? or a credit
Well we offer cards.
Well I have been here for 30 minutes just trying to check out behind
all those signing up for cards, Told him the merchandise is yours.
have extra employees so you dont slow the line, and lose sales like
400 bucks worth of tools, left at the register.
I went to home depot and saved over 50 bucks
sears is now the highest priced place to buy anything. I quit shopping
I only go to K-Mart because there is one only about 6 minutes drive
from my home. Any other type store, Meijers, Home Depot, or anything
like that is as least a 20 minute drive from my home. It sucks when I
need something but I still prefer living out in the country.
About the same for me. K-Mart sucks big time. When they were going
down the tubes, I knew the sporting goods manager there, and he quit
because they cut his hours to less than 40 a week so they could cut his
benefits. I feel sorry for the clerks that remained and try to be civil
with them but when some of this silly, time consuming stuff comes up,
they are bound to get something silly from me.
OTOH, this has been a fun thread. I'm anxiously awaiting the next
telemarketing call ;)
I don't know it you remember the big law suit back in the 80's when K-
Mart used to have a photo developing service. There was a fellow
running that department for the store in Kalamazoo and some gal
brought in some nude photos of herself to have prints made. The feller
saw them and had a bunch of extra print made for himself to hand out
to his pals for a laugh. She found out and sued the living hell out of
I used to work on a window cleaning crew with that feller when I lived
near Kalamazoo. I had not seen him in a while but I knew he worked in
the photo department at K-mart and got that job after working a couple
of years at a XXX book store. When I heard about the law suit I just
knew who the culprit was. And I was right.
Bottom line, don't hire a guy used to work at a XXX book store for
your photo department. LOL.
I am definitely well past the young stage, but I don't have a clue as
to the significance of 867-5309. Or, of most of the other phone
numbers mentioned later in the sequence of posts. Can someone
elucidate for me please.
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