Saturday, August 04, 2007

Come outside and see my ID

There are times when people are who have obviously never heard the word "NO" in their lives simply lose their minds when they encounter that expression in Wal-Mart.

In their version of their entitled existence, deigning to shop at the Wal-Mart means we should be grateful for the shekels they throw at us as they parade in and out the doors wearing the trappings of upper-middle-class suburbia - namely khakis, Liz Claiborne for her, Ralph Lauren for him, knockoff designer handbags & sunglasses and a major attitude. Seriously, go to Target.

Wal-Mart wants to attract more "upscale" shoppers, but fails to realize that people with money are accustomed to paying for service - and expect it in a retail environment. Service is one thing you can't find at a Wal-Mart.

Guess what? If you don't have an ID, you're still not writing a check here.

I actually heard a woman scream this phrase at a manager: "I don't know why I need ID. I own a business. You can come outside and see my name on the side of my car."

She hollered, yelled, screamed and kicked up a fuss for 45 minutes. She called her husband, her daughter and probably 1-800-WALMART before pulling out a credit card and paying for a vacuum cleaner and some household items.

Maybe I should put "Bill Gates" on the side of my car and start writing checks for a couple million. It's the same logic ....

16 comments:

grundes said...

It would be even more hilarious if the card she ended up using was actually a debit one and tied to the same account she wanted to write checks for.

Library Rat said...

Holy Xenu, why can't we just tazer folks like this?

Grumpy Housewife said...

Why, oh WHY, can we not take people like this out back and behead them, leaving their heads on pikes outside the Wal Mart as an example to the others?

Why? WHY?

(says the person who ended up telling some moron that if he wanted to write a check so goddamned bad, he should maybe bring his fucking ID with him next time, but right NOW, *I* was stuck waiting behind him, and was getting increasingly annoyed, and also was ready to smack him)

the invisible dragon under the bed said...

Oh my. I used to work for Target and when passing through the front lanes one day, I actually heard a woman yelling at a cashier "Don't you know who I am?!" I didn't stick around to find out who the skank was.

Anonymous said...

People STILL write checks?

Anonymous said...

Gee, last night I had a teen-aged girl with no check-cashing card, no ID, writing (filling out) a check on her grandfather's account... and she give ME the evil eye and copped an attitude because I called my supervisor. "Well I do this all the time", she said huffily. First time she's ever been through my lane. We took the check. God I hate the express lane -- what do these people think, I won't hold up the line because I think something's a little shady?

Erin Bradley said...

mommy, what's a check?

Cyndi said...

I abhor check-writers, ID or no.

Jessica said...

See, that's exactly the kind of thing *I* abhor. For some people checks are simply the safest means to carry their money. It's a lot harder to pass a stolen check than stolen cash or even a stolen credit card. Not to mention it prevents people from buying little shit that adds up to big money they no longer have. I wont write for something that's less than five bucks unless I have no cash and it is of the utmost urgency. But I always have my ID out and ready.

wally worker said...

I work in the cash office at Walmart and a stolen check is the easiest thing in the world to pass there. The cashiers can't ask for ID unless the register prompts for it. So if someone steals your check and uses it there, your ID is already in the system for that check and it will go through whether you have money in the bank or not.It is very difficult to get this fixed and will keep you from writing checks at any other business that uses the same approval method. I see it happen all the time.

FARfetched said...

Cyndi, have mercy on us middle-aged types who have better luck updating our bank accounts when we have carbons of the checks still in our checkbooks. :-)

I really do know how to use a debit card, but Mrs. Fetched keeps the books and if I don't remember to tell her what I bought (and what if I'm getting her a surprise?), it doesn't get entered.

CoderForChrist said...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this: if the woman is driving then where is her driver's license?

yoyo said...

"I'm surprised no one has mentioned this: if the woman is driving then where is her driver's license?"

Creepy!


I can imagine getting a bit embarassed at a store, even a bit angry, but I wouldnt take it out on a generic staff member like that.

Are people simply just brain damaged in your area? Perhaps there's something in the water that turns customers into entitled rude obnoxious dickheads. I can simply not comprehend people being as rude as the ones you've described in this blog.

Anonymous said...

She thinks owning her own business is a GOOD thing when writing checks??

Please... many small business checks are so buoyant you could strap a Vornado under one and tow ad banners above the Superbowl. If someone brags about owning a small business like they're a big shot, get cash - preferably before they get the goods/services. Don't take a check no matter how much ID they have.

Anonymous said...

Who drives around without ID? It's called Kiting and it's illegal. 90% of all businesses don't last 5 years and hers is one.

Jen said...

Whew, I am so glad someone finally mentioned the fact she was driving without a license because I was like "OMG HER LICENSE!".

What a maroon! "My name is on the side of my car!" Yeah, and mine is written on the inside of my underpants, but it still ain't ID!