Sunday, July 13, 2008

RC...really cheap?


Surfer Dude and I went to Target today to buy his school supplies. We still have a month until they go back, but he likes to be prepared. Since only one of my three children is what I'd call a "planner", I try to indulge him as much as I can. It's also practical. We leave a week from Monday for two weeks in California and when we get back it's time to do the big school countdown. This would mark one thing off of my pre-school starting To Do List, and I'm all for that.

When we went to check out, there was a woman ahead of us who was quibbling over a hardback book. It was sitting on the price scanner while she and the cashier went back and forth. Eventually they got it worked out and it was our turn. $100 later, we piled in the car while I tried to figure out how in the world we spent that much on notebooks. When we got home, I pulled out the receipt and quickly saw that they had accidentally charged the hardback book on my bill.


I immediately turned around, dinner uncooked, and went all the way back to Target, burning $4 a gallon gas the whole way. It wasn't just the money. It's the idea that I've convinced myself I can't afford hardback books, so I'm darned if I want to pay for someone else to get one. And also...oh, all right. It is about the money. You think $15.01 grows on trees?


Would anyone else do this? Or am I just cheap?

28 comments:

Amy said...

I think RC stands for Righteously Cheap. $15 is a lot to be overcharged. Geez. I hope they apologized like mad.

Sandy said...

RC - Really Concerned - about money and about teaching the kids how to handle money.

Good call.

Stacie said...

Heck, yes, I would have done the same thing. (Especially because I am mad at Target. What is with their return policy now. Geez!) $15 is a lot of money. It is that simple. I've even gone back to fast food places for things I bought for a whole lot less, but didn't get.

Bella said...

I would have marched right back there too!

ped crossing said...

I would have and I have. I love Target, but for a while I would check my receipt every time before I left the store.

ciara said...

hell, yeah, i'd turn around and get my money back. especially if it wasn't something i bought. i've noticed that sometimes target's pricing on the shelves is less than what rings up. but most of the time i don't quibble over .20 or .30 cents. i wanted to go back and exchange a top my youngest got at steve & barry's while i was in vegas this wk, but stinky says there's no point in wasting gas for a top that was $8.98. now she's stuck w a top that will last maybe 2 months if she's lucky.

WT said...

I would have given the book to the local orphanage, but that's just me.

Maggie May said...

I would have done it! Fairs fair!

Flutterby said...

Absolutely I would have done it. Especially since the book was purchased by someone else. Even with gas at $4 a gallon you came out ahead.

softinthehead said...

Definitely I would have gone back, that is a horrible feeling - its even worse when you look at your bill and find all the costs ARE yours !! :)

laurie said...

hmmmm. would i? i hate shopping so much that the idea of going into target twice on the same day really gives me pause.

but fifteen bucks is a lot. i probably would have for anything over $10. less than that and i'd say fuck it. i really really hate shopping.

Akelamalu said...

Too right I'd have gone straight back. I hope you got compensated for it and not just a refund on the book?

Ms Wiz said...

I would have done, $15 or £15 is money wasted if it's something you didn't want or couldn't use. I recently returned a pack of 4Peaches at £2.99 because they went mouldy overnight. The store's explanation was that the ventilation system over the fruit & veg was faulty so produce went mouldy more quickly than it should! It's the principle of not getting what you pay for - or paying more than you budgeted for.

Rudee said...

I would have done the same.

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Kaycie said...

I'd have gone back in. No doubt about it.

Nearlydawn said...

I totally would have gone back. For sure!

aims said...

I would have gone back too!

I bet that woman is happy she didn't have to pay for the book at all! Some people!

aims said...

Hey RC! I know how you like sappy songs and good videos...have a look over at Dulwichmum's...she's posted (someone) and you 'might' like it...

http://dulwichmum.net/

Jettie said...

OOHH most definetly I would of gone back!!!!!!!

Swearing Mother said...

I go back for even less, it's not just the money it's the principle at steak here!

Annoying though, especially when you've still got dinner to cook.

They should have paid for your extra gas!!

Mya said...

No way - I'd be running back demanding a refund immediately.15 bucks is a lot.

Mya x

Kaytabug said...

I would SO totally do that!!! It's not just the $$$ it's the principal!

Eileen said...

You are not cheap, just smart. I hate mistakes like that. Drive me crazy. I would have eaten at me all night. You totally did the right thing. They should have given you a gift certificate or something for your trouble.

Erin said...

I would go back. And, I'd be so mad by the time I got there that I would probably have said something I'd regret later.

So what did they do?

Pamela said...

well it's the principal of the thing... and you got to pay for that, too. dang.

CrazyCath said...

I would do this. It is not the money. It is the principle and that they could be so careless to charge me some one else's stuff! Some one has to bring it to their attention! *grin*

Lil Mouse said...

oh know, i would be mad. dont they know that it wasnt yours, i mean didnt hte other person already pay for it and shouldnt it have been gone already? sheesh. you go momma!