Apr. 30th, 2014

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This morning I stopped by the deli to get a sandwich and chips for lunch.  I decided to check Safeway to see if they had Coke on sale.  Inside up front I did find a large display of Coca-Cola products in 12-packs.  The sign said:  "Sale on all Pepsi products.  Buy two, get two free."  Hmmm.  The display was right across from the customer service counter, so I waited a few minutes while a guy got his $2.68 refunded. Then I asked the woman behind the counter about the display and sign.  She sighed.  She doublechecked their sale flyer, and then walked over and removed the sign.  "Do you want Coke?  I can give you the sale price if you do," she said.  I said sure, and she said to bring them to her.  I went outside to get a shopping cart and  then loaded in three cartons of regular Coke, and one Diet Coke for the missus.

Did I need anything else?  I decided no, and rolled over to the customer service counter.  The clerk was helping someone else, a woman about 40-45.  I chilled, checking my email, etc.  I noticed that the woman was buying a bunch of gift cards, which the clerk was activating.  She looked over to me and said, "Sorry, this will just be a few minutes."  "No problem," and I continued to check my phone.

Shortly, the activations were done and the total rung up.  The customer proceeded to pull a pile of cash from her purse.  At first, I wasn't really paying attention, and then I was trying not to stare.  But the clerk was counting many 100-dollar bills.  They came with little paper bands around the stacks.  The clerk said something like, "You must have just come from the bank." Trying to be surreptitious, I counted along as the last stack was tallied:  20.  There had been one other full, banded stack, plus more.  I hadn't noticed if the first pile had a band.  But this customer had just shelled out between $4000 and $6000 cash at Safeway.

Granted, it was the Sharon Heights Safeway (in Menlo Park), but still...


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