Eggs-istential Enigma (Part 1)

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This past Wednesday, I Ventured forth into the looming, zombie apocalypse for a much oVerdue grocery shopping “adVenture”. Like my waistline, my larder was thinning out, alarmingly so, and that’s ill-adVised, especially against the preVailing backdrop of massiVe ciVil unrest and societal upheaVal.

To keep it all real, who the hell eVen knows where one’s next meal might be coming from; e.g., [1] with Vicious, Venomous, Vacuous Vlad Violating Ukraine AND on the Verge of Vaporizing the entire planet Via the launch of his nukes, [2] Vexing Corona-V Variants Vehemently challenging the Vaccines and [3] aVaricious, maleVolent human/Viper hybird corporate VIPs deVastating the global supply chain (for fun and profit).

Hmm, waddaya think of my aboVe paragraphs’ “V” alliteration?

Anyway… all wordplay aside…

My primary shopping options were to EITHER frequent an in-town supermarket where the shameless CEO’s ongoing business model has been price gouging; predating, by multiple decades, our current sorry state of inflation OR head for an out of town, more reasonably priced store.

FYI, I’ve been limiting my trips to the latter to avoid the 89kph / 55mph highways; the far lower local speed limits saving wear and tear on my 23-year-old vehicle.

As expected, I wound up finding thinned / emptied shelves, storewide. Even so, I did manage to load up the grocery cart, so much so, that the checkout lane cashier’s total came to $282.

Well, something just wasn’t adding up. You see, with pen in hand, I’d been keeping a running tally while shopping, ergo, I suspected this amount to be an overcharge; in the neighborhood of $15.

However, factoring in how I hadn’t had enough sleep the previous night, this gave me reasonable doubt that I’d done all my math correctly. Additionally, seeing how too damned many customers / Karens have been needlessly stressing out our frontline retail workers, I opted to give her the benefit of the doubt; i.e., defer registering any on-the-spot gripe.

Ergo, once back within the confines of my own home, I unpacked the shopping bags and carefully organized my haul atop the dining room table, kitchen countertops and (re the perishables) within the refrigerator.

With the register receipt as my guide, my audit began. With pencil in hand, I began checking off all that appeared to be OK.

Conclusion: while my math had been spot on, what I hadn’t taken into account was getting charged for 98 items when, IN REALITY, I had only placed 93 on the conveyor.

BOTTOM LINE: The cashier had charged me for 5 cartons of eggs.

The Eggs-istential Enigma, here, is that I had not purchased even 1 carton; which begs the key question:

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How the hell did, not 1, but 5 NON-EXISTENT egg cartons’ bar codes get scanned?

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My being a 30-year retail veteran (now retired) sales clerk, cashier and manager, I’ve heard and seen just about everything, ergo, I do have several working theories (not all of them involving innocent, human error if you catch my drift).

However, prior to my going into any details (to be revealed within my planned Part 2 to this post), I’d like to, first, run this by you, my readers; discover what you may be reading into this Eggs-istential Enigma.

I mean, this all sounds so bizarre that when I report this incident… and I do intend to report this… to that store’s complaint department manager…

Will (s)he even believe me?

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Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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A Life Lesson and Household Hint

 

During my childhood, my neighbors’ power lawn mowers generated fumes… a mix of fresh cut grass and unburnt gas… which had a detrimental effect on my Asthmatic lungs. That’s why my father had to find alternatives to do his own yard work. His solutions…

To keep up with our yard’s overabundance of high maintenance shrubbery, he opted for an electric hedge trimmer and, to cut the grass, used a human powered, push mower.

The health benefits had been twofold… obviously cleaner air AND not so obviously… when I began helping dad do our yard work, the physical exercise that mower afforded me, wound up strengthening my lungs… eventually… helped ease Asthma’s literal grip.

Along the way, I even figured out a method to prevent tangled extension cords. And considering their lengths… 100 feet / 30.48 meters and 50 feet / 15.24 meters… their untangling had become dad’s and my weekly struggle. But, I did win that battle thusly…

One at a time, I’d wind each cord around our upright yard waste container’s base and, when done, carefully lift the container. Voila, two neat coils ready for storage.

I had even learnt a lessen in math. Since it took 20 winds for one cord, 10 for the other, my in the head computations told me the circumference of that container bottom was 5 feet / 1.524 meters.

So, might there be a bigger message to my story? Hmm… I suppose one could say…

Early in life exercise regimens build strong bodies.
Good habits learnt young build sound character / minds.
Strong minds and bodies are vital to a healthier, longer life.