My amusing rant about buying baby furniture:
Me: I wanted to see if you had this crib and dresser in stock.
Saleslady: Let me check the back.
Saleslady: Yes. We have one of each left and they’re discontinued so your in luck.
Me: Great. So can I pay for them and pick them up later?
Saleslady: How much later?
Me: About a week.
Saleslady: Oh no. We can’t do that. You have to take it with you after the sale. We just don’t have the space to be holding stuff for people. You know how it is. Sorry.
(Then I notice the signs around the store advertising layaway)
Me: So how does your layaway work?
Saleslady: You put 10% down on your purchase and we’ll hold on to it for up to 30 days till you pay for the rest of it.
Me: Wow, that’s interesting. So if I pay for it in full you can’t hold it for me for a week. But if I give you 10% you’ll hold on to it for 30 days?
Me: Well, that sure would have been nice to know say, mmm, 2 minutes ago. But anyway, i’d like to put it on layaway.
Saleslady: Okay! Just take this slip to the registers and tell them you want it on layaway.
Me: No problem. I figured out how to sell myself the stuff in the first place, I think I can figure out the rest of the sale.
Cashier rings up sale and puts paperwork in a bin under her register.
Not completely satisfied I go back to see Saleslady.
Me: So, will those pieces be held for me?
Me: Well, excuse my asking but how does somebody know not to sell them to someone else?
Saleslady: We tag them with your paperwork.
Me: Oh. When does that happen?
Saleslady: At the end of the day when they file their paperwork.
Me: Oh. Well it’s about noon on a busy Saturday. What if someone else sells them? They are the last ones.
Saleslady: That’s a good question. I don’t really know.
Me: Would you mind going up to the register for the paperwork now and tag them so they don’t disappear? I’d really apprecaite it.
Saleslady: Okay. If that’ll make you happy.
Me: It would.
It’s always fun to walk a salesperson through their own friggin sale.