Last night I needed to go buy toothbrushes. Somehow, a person in my family broke two in two days.
I'm not sure how that happens. Maybe I don't want to know, eh?
When I was on my way to the drugstore, as typically happens in my house, I received several texts.
Buy me a toothbrush too. And get my sister one as well. OH, and I need AAA batteries for my calculator at school. And tray cleaner for the Invisalign.
When I stood in the toothbrush aisle at the drugstore, I saw that many of the toothbrushes were on sale. Good, because those things are super spendy. And, yes, I know that I can get toothbrushes from the dentist, but we have toothbrushes upstairs and downstairs, in purses and lockers and at work - and for whatever reason, we didn't have extras. Plus - we change toothbrushes A LOT more frequently than every 6 months.
So. I'm standing in DENTAL HYGIENE row, and I see that many of the Oral-B toothbrushes are not only on sale, but there is a special offer. Spend $10 on any Oral B products and receive a $5 gift card at checkout.
I knew I'd be spending at least $10 - hey, 4 toothbrushes aren't cheap - and so I selected 4 Oral B toothbrushes. Why not get $5 back - I can always use $5. I grabbed batteries - buy 1, get 1 free! - and the tray cleaner and went up to the register, where I checked out. Grabbing my receipt, I looked for the $5 Extrabucks.
I asked the clerk, who looked puzzled. Here is the conversation as it unfolded:
Me: I bought 4 Oral B toothbrushes, and should have gotten a $5 gift card. It was well more than $10.
Him: Well, I see on your receipt that you did a buy one, get one - that's why.
Me: No, that's batteries. See the toothbrushes? Two are Oral B 3D white advantage and 2 are Oral B Crest.
Him: Well, that's why. Not all four are Oral B.
Me: No, all four are Oral B. See on the receipt, where it says ORAL B?
Him: Oh, I see. You didn't spend $10. See, $3+$3+$3+$3 isn't over $10. You have to spend over $10. That's how it works.
At this point in time I looked at him. I mean, really looked. He was about 20, so clearly old enough to have graduated school. I'm not a fan of new math, but even I can add, and I'm pretty sure that those numbers added together > $10. I decided to walk back and grab the ticket that was on each and every display of toothbrushes - maybe, and it's entirely possible - I'd misunderstood. I found the display, saw that I was right, and came back to the register. I pointed out the words that showed that I was due $10, and he replied
but you didn't spend $10. Each of those was $3.
Hello? I spent $3.79 x 2 + $3.49 x 2= $14.56, which in MY WORLD $14.56 > $10. Let's get a manager.
Who came to the register and didn't believe me, and asked to see the products I'd bought. Here's what I showed her:
At which point she says to me:
Well, I see the problem. You have two here that aren't Oral B products. Also - You didn't spend $10.
REALLY? In that image, up there, are the words ORAL B difficult to see? In what galaxy is $14.56 < $10? So she pulled the sale flyer, because the fact that two of the toothbrushes came with free Crest was totally throwing her. I was beginning to feel like I was in the Twilight Zone, or on Candid Camera - and wondered why this was so painful. I began to doubt myself. Maybe I really *didn't* know math. Maybe, just maybe, I was WRONG.
Finally, she just ended up giving it to me.
But I could tell she still didn't believe me.
And I almost gave up - because it was only $5. But I wonder - how many people do give up?
And $5 is still $5. It's (almost) admission to the movies.
When I came home, I told this story to my two youngest - ages 8 and 10- and I rounded the numbers (I told them that I bought two that together totaled $7 and two that were $4 each) and THEY GOT IT RIGHT AWAY.