Friday, 23 January 2009

A Load of Bollocks From WH Smiths

I went into WH Smiths this morning to buy a newspaper.
Simple enough transaction really.

When I got to the counter the assistant asked me 'would you care for a bag of mints today sir?' (people who have been on brainwashing sales courses always say today a lot), I declined the mints offering my money for the paper at which the assistant (not taking the money) said 'how about a Book of the Day sir?' at this point I nearly and instinctively said 'fuck off', but I didn't, I politely declined the book and paid for my paper.

She scanned the paper and then put the bloody thing in a carrier bag - and with a receipt to boot!

Talk about eco friendly - a friggin carrier bag for a newspaper!

And a receipt - whats that for? So that I can take the paper back if there's a fault with it? 'Can I have my money back for this newspaper please, it's gone wrong'.

Hard sell at the till, a carrier bag, a receipt - the whole thing was an absolute load of bollocks.

I'll go to the corner shop in future.

4 comments:

James Higham said...

You should take the paper back - to see what they do.

Mike said...

I’ve tried telling off shop assistants about carrier bags leaflets etc etc, doesn’t do any good.
I just get a pitying look, as they assume I’m some sort of ancient crank.
So now I just say ‘don’t need a bag thanks’ before thy have a chance shove one at me.
And just gently refuse any leaflets special offers etc.
Apparently it’s called up-selling.
But it does put me, for one, off going in some shops at all, which begs the question is it counter (no pun intended, honest) productive?
And its not just shops, the bloody banks are at it as well, can’t believe that they have the gall to offer advice these days.
And as for the phone, I dread picking it up.
Rang my car insurance muggers the other day, just wanted to change it from the deceased old banger to the latest, still alive one.
Had to listen to a load of sales guff before I could do that.
And as for the internet, well I know adverts pay for a lot of the convenience, but those f*****g pop ups and the ads that flicker about, ahhh! Spare me please.

JPT said...

Mike:
Good point about the banks, the very people who have screwed up the WORLD economy offering us advice about our money!

James:
I was going to but I got jam on it...

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

James:
I was going to but I got jam on it...


Well, there's your "in", then.

"Look at this damn newspaper. It's got jam on it, and I demand you take it back. Here's my receipt, m'lord."