Colorado Springs, CO
(I recently purchased some little wooden coffins at a popular craft store chain. I painted them and used decorative tape to turn them into really cute crafts, and I wanted to make more so I went back to the store to buy more coffins. When I got there, I noticed the bin was empty, so I asked an associate for help.)
Me: Excuse me, last time I was here you had some little wooden coffins in this bin. Do you happen to have any more?
Employee: *scans the tag* Hmmm… It says we have 26 in stock, let me check the back for you.
(after about 10 minutes she comes back and tells me that she checked everywhere she could but she has no idea what happened to the 26 they apparently have in stock. I told her I’d check back at another time, and came back about a week later.)
Same employee: Hey! You were the one who wanted the wooden coffins!
Me: Yep! Did you get any more in?
Employee: No, and I kept checking to see if I could find them but I can’t! Let me ask our manager and see if he knows where they are.
(she calls the manager, who comes over to the bin)
Manager: Hmmm… the bin is empty…
Me: Um… Yes. [Employee] said you have some in stock but she can’t find them.
Manager: *scans the tag* Hmm… It says we have 26 of them.
Me: …Well they’re not here, so do you know where they could be?
Me: Okay… Are you going to get any more in?
Manager: Well since we have 26 in stock we can’t order any more.
Me: But they’re not here, so clearly you don’t have any in stock.
Manager: Yes we do, so we can’t order them.
Me: Okay, then. *I turn to leave, and the manager starts laughing. I look at him confused*
Manager: Want to know how much we pay for those things?
Me: Ummm… sure.
Manager: 52 cents each.
Me: Okay… (they sell them for 99 cents, which is still a reasonable price, and as a business major, I understand the markup. I’m still confused as to why he thought it was necessary to tell me this though. He then scans various things in the vicinity, telling me how much they pay for them and how much they turn around and sell them for, laughing the whole time.)