There’s only one grocery store in the vicinity Where I work. The store in question is part of a pretty big chain, and they have the reputation of being a bit more upscale. There’s no self-service checkout, you get a nicer selection of fruits and veggies, and of course, friendly service. You know, of course, that you’re going to pay through the ass for such conveniences, but when you’re at work and you need a box of tampons and a chocolate bar and would rather avoid the scary leering man at the convenience store, you’re going to head to your local, friendly grocery store, right?
Higher prices, okay, I can deal with. It sucks having to bend over and take it up the ass just because your convenience store won’t sell sudafed (yes, it’s that bad – the convenience store is CHEAPER than these rip-off artists). Unfortunately, a gal has to do what a gal has to do when her sinuses have slammed shut, and the only antihistamine that won’t make her dopey as drinking one of Quagmire’s roofie coladas is at home on the goddamn counter. (No, really! Jesus came by, and long story short, our counter is now damned.)
So ass-fuckingly high prices aside, the store pisses me off every fucking time I go in. In an effort to be personable and friendly, the cashiers will always call you by name. I tried to be sneaky and stop using my this-makes-our-prices-only-200%-higher-than-our-competitor’s customer appreciation card, but they still put my name on the receipt because I use my debit card. I guess I can see how some people’s lives are so sad and pathetic that might appreciate it when a complete stranger calls them by name just because some asshole in corporate thinks it’s a sign of good customer service, so I try to suck it up. Unfortunately, every time I go to pay, it goes something like this:
Brain-Dead Cashier: Thank you Mrs… uh… … Will… Willa… Williams?
Me: <sigh> That’s Willers.
BDC: Oh… uh, okay. You need any help out with that? <waves in the direction of the bag containing a banana and a box of sudafed>
Me: No, I think I can handle it.
Of course, my last name isn’t really Willers, but it’s something that’s a little unusual but VERY easy to pronounce if you fucking hook yourself on some faw-nix and look at what’s actually printed on the receipt. Worse than that, I’ve TRIED to find a manager so I can ask them if they can change something so my name won’t show up, and every time, it’s like the cockroaches when you turn on the kitchen light. Next time I have to go there, I’m so going to bust into tears and sob, “Williams? That’s the name of that MAN that my husband ran off with. How COULD you?!”
Well, at least my sinuses feel better.