Messin' with crows and clerks.
Yesterday I stopped at a store selling all sorts of things for Halloween. I bought a bag of spider web stuff, a big fuzzy spider and a plastic crow. The crow looks fairly life like, it even has real feathers on it. As I walked to my pickup there are 3 crows tearing at a fast food bag. As I walk by they notice the fake crow, suddenly their attention has turned to their commerade being held hostage by the biped instead of the paper bag. I sat the fake crow on the roof of my truck and put the other stuff inside. I stood back a bit to see what would happen. 2 of the crows flew up to the roof of my truck, the other to a car next to my truck. All 3 are cawing at the fake. I was able to walk right up next to my truck and watch them. One started pecking at the fake in an apparent attempt to get it's attention. I was able to reach out and pull on that crow's tail feathers. The third crow flew over to my truck even though I was standing right there. For 5 minutes I pulled on various feathers of the 3 crows, it would disrupt their attention for a few moments then it went back to the fake. Then one crapped right in the middle of my roof. I decided to end the game before the other two left a deposit. I waved my arms and made a growling noise, all 3 immediately took flight. All 3 followed me as I drove out of the parking lot. I stopped at a carwash a few miles later and as I washed the crap off my truck I noticed a crow sitting on a fence watching me. I don't know if it was one of the 3 but I did'nt want to wash my truck again so I left the fake crow in my truck.
Yesterday afternoon I went in to do my picket duty as a union member on strike against the big Seattle based airplane company. As I drove to the plant gate I stopped at a 7-11 to buy a newspaper and something to munch on. Candy bars were priced 99 cents each or if you bought 2, they were 75 cents each. I grabbed a 3 Musketeers bar and a Mounds. I then picked up the day's newspaper, it would be another 75 cents. As I waited in line to pay, I pull out $2.25 for my purchase. The clerk rings up everthing and tell me I owe $2.73. I tell him the candy bars are only 75 cents each and point to the sign on a candy display on the counter. He punches a few keys on the cash register then says I owe $2.53. I ask how he came up with that. He tells me that I have three 75 cent items and that 3 times 75 cents is $2.53. I tell him he needs to check his math, he tells me that the cash register figures things like that and he doesn't have to. I again tell him he's wrong so he calls over another clerk. He tells her that he rang up the 3 items and the cash register came up with $2.53 for the total. I tell her I am buying three 75 cent items and that 3 times 75 cents is $2.25. She clears what the other clerk rang up, rings up all 3 things again. She then says I owe $2.73. I point to the sign again that says all candy bars are 75 cents each when you buy 2. She punches a couple keys and some how does the exact same thing the other clerk did, the total now shows $2.53. I have decided that I have had enough of them and toss 75 cents on the counter and grab the newspaper. The first clerk tells me I don't know math very well. I tell him that there is a reason he is working at a 7-11 making minimum wage while I am on my way to perform picket duty because I want to make $37 an hour instead of $35 an hour. I wonder if they ever did figure out what they were doing.