A Christmas Story

by DaniGirl on December 22, 2007 · 17 comments

in Postcards from my uterus

(No, not that Christmas Story, although it is among my favourites of the season.)

After my ultrasound Friday morning – all things are good, placenta is out of the way, baby is up to six pound and looking fine – I went to Toys R Us for a few last-minute things. It was first thing in the morning, barely 9 am, and the place was blissfully unbusy. It didn’t take me long to find what I was looking for, and I found one last inspiring gift. I waddled up to the cash register, and nearly choked when the total she announced was about $30 more than I was expecting.

“Um,” I said, looking at her display,”this thing is supposed to be $24.99.”

“Oh!” said the cashier, “It rang through as $59.99. Can you show me the sign that said it was $24.99?”

Sure enough, we got to the shelf, and there was actually two shelves of them with the $24.99 label – but when I peered down to the lowest shelf for a better look, the small print on the label clearly named a different product. Aware that the $24.99 had been maybe a little too good to be true, I shrugged my shoulders and told her, “Oh well, never mind, I don’t want it at that price.”

She said, “No, no – I would have assumed the same thing. I’ll give it to you for $24.99.” Score! But, when she rang it through and tried to override the price, she had to ask for supervisor authorization because of the amount of the discrepancy. The supervisor took a harder line and pointed out that the label clearly indicated a different product. The cashier, a perky and bright-eyed teenager, gestured toward my jutting belly and said, “Take a look at her – does she look like she’s in any condition to be bending over that far to read the fine print?” I don’t know who laughed louder, the supervisor or me, but she didn’t argue the point and I walked out with the toy for $24.99.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kerry December 22, 2007 at 3:42 pm

An excellent reason to go back there in the future. Very Miracle on 34th Street (Macy’s vs Gimbel’s – remember?).

2 colleen December 22, 2007 at 4:07 pm

That’s the true spirit of Christmas. Think you should name your baby Daniel Marcus.

3 Roz December 22, 2007 at 6:07 pm

awww so sweet. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Isn’t it amazing how we are surprised when strangers are actually nice to us??!

4 patois December 22, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Sounds like the supervisor would have said the inn was full. Glad you got the perky pregnant-woman-friendly cashier.

5 Mad Hatter December 22, 2007 at 7:44 pm

Work it, Dani, work it! Can I get you to do my last-minute shopping as well.

Ooooo, my word verfication is “drama brethren”.

6 Valerie December 22, 2007 at 10:09 pm

bonus! makes up for people who don’t give up their seat on the bus. πŸ™‚

7 cinnamon gurl December 22, 2007 at 10:25 pm


8 Sue December 22, 2007 at 11:30 pm

I could just hug that store clerk – how sweet is she???

9 Cakes December 22, 2007 at 11:44 pm


10 Kerry December 22, 2007 at 11:50 pm

I concur with my mum. Daniel Marcus would be a perfect name for your last child.

11 suze December 23, 2007 at 12:49 am

LOL – what a great clerk. It’s a festivus Miracle πŸ˜‰

I’m glad the ultrasound went well.

12 Liz December 23, 2007 at 2:06 am


13 nomotherearth December 23, 2007 at 3:20 am

Well now I kinda wish I was still pregnant. Kind of.

14 Karen December 23, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Good for that store clerk!!!! Bonus for Mama Dani!
Have great Christmas!

15 Renee December 23, 2007 at 8:03 pm

Toys R Us is famous for that kind of thing. Good for you for getting it cheap!

16 Veronica Mitchell December 23, 2007 at 11:47 pm

What a delicious bargain.

That clerk may have a future in politics. I, on the other hand, had a clerk yesterday who decided to make fun of what I named my daughter. He did not make me laugh.

17 J. December 24, 2007 at 9:39 am

Wow! What great customer service. Good for you πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas!
– J.

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