Monday, November 13, 2006

Categorical Imperative rides again

Wanted to buy four chairs at Target; store I went to had only two in stock.

Girl brought out two boxes and said "these are ringing up wrong, not sure why. I overrode it for you." Then she gave me a list of other Target stores where I could buy the other two chairs.

Got home and opened the boxes and there are two chairs in each box, which would be why they were ringing up "wrong".

Trying to think of a way that it's okay to skip going back to Target and giving them their money, but not having much luck. The best I came up with was that if I just keep the chairs it'll go down as shrinkage, but if I go back it'll get that girl in trouble. Weak, yes. Anybody got any better ideas before I have to obey the dictates of the CI and cough up another $129?

11 Comments:

At Mon Nov 13, 02:25:00 PM PST, Blogger Chris Cope said...

You mean, apart from the fact that you know damn well that those chairs aren't worth $129?

God works in mysterious ways, Bryan. Sometimes the face of His Son appears in the woodgrain at taquerias, sometimes He only charges you half price for cheap modern furniture. Ours is not to ask why. Don't question the Lord.

 
At Mon Nov 13, 02:46:00 PM PST, Blogger heatherfeather said...

now chris* made me want a taco.

*in a freudian slip that happens to me all the time, true to form, i typed christ first.

 
At Mon Nov 13, 03:01:00 PM PST, Blogger carrie said...

Take the chairs you don't need back, without letting on that the salesgirl made a mistake before you get hit by the karma bus!

Carrie

 
At Mon Nov 13, 03:31:00 PM PST, Blogger blogball said...

Keep the 2 chairs but only let the poor & underprivileged sit in them. If someone with a decent amount of money wants to sit in the chairs charge them $5.00 until you raise the $129.00.

 
At Mon Nov 13, 06:04:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can identify with not wanting the annoyance of being inconvenienced, etc. etc. because of someone else's mistake. I think that's the problem, rather than the $129, right??

I'm going to read Chris Cope from now on. What a crackup.

 
At Mon Nov 13, 10:45:00 PM PST, Blogger bfoxy37 said...

Sorry. You know you have to take them back...

 
At Mon Nov 13, 11:06:00 PM PST, Blogger bfoxy37 said...

oops. Meant to say that you know what you have to do... ;)

 
At Tue Nov 14, 09:07:00 AM PST, Blogger bryan torre said...

great comments. i think they're all true.
i was thinking maybe i could donate the $129 to charity (chairity, heh) instead of giving it back to target.
because if i did that, i could then just take it out of the charitable donations i've *already* made this year. you now, kind of just a shorthand for "i'm a good person, i deserve some free chairs."

 
At Tue Nov 14, 05:47:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe everyone else that bought a chair got the same "deal".

 
At Wed Nov 15, 07:37:00 AM PST, Blogger bryan torre said...

In spite of thinking of a lot of other people who could use the money a lot more than a giant corp like Target, I called them yesterday and said I got overcharged on some chairs.
At first they laughed and said "I wouldn't worry about it" until I told them it was $129. Then they said just a minute, then they asked if I would come back in. They were very nice, and somewhat surprised, and said they had figured it out already but never thought I'd call back.
As Lisa said, the big pain is I have to take 30-40 minutes to go back and fix this. I wonder if I can bill them at my current consulting rate to get back the cost of my time...

 
At Wed Nov 15, 11:15:00 PM PST, Blogger SoozeSchmooze said...

glad you did the right thing...it is always worth it...that is what trustworthiness is all about...also glad you acknowledged it was not so convenient to do it for a lot more reasons than the money...cause it is...my hero!!!

 

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