Yesterday, I stopped by Home Depot. I wanted to pick up some wave petunia plants. The petunias I started from seed are not growing fast enough and I want a little color for some containers. Anyway, I didn’t see what I wanted, but I noticed some packages of frost covers on the ground. The packages were looking kind of grungy, so I figured they must be on sale.
I got in the line behind a customer whose card wouldn’t go through. I started to leave, but I figured I’d grab a bag on bone meal. I got out of line, walked over and discovered they didn’t have what I needed. So, I got back in the line behind a couple of customers. When it’s finally my turn, I asked the girl to check the price for me. Guess what? It’s not in the system. So, she calls for a price check. Great. I wait a couple more minutes for the guy to come and do the price check. Since he was looking at the package as if it came from another planet, I told him I could show him where I got it from. On our way there, he gets stopped by another customer whose item didn’t scan at the sale price. And since they’re fussing and asking themselves why they even came to this store, when he gave me that look, I told him yeah, it was okay to go ahead and take care of them.
While I’m waiting for him, I see this lady rushing past me with the other two packages of frost covers. Then it clicks. The reason it wasn’t in the system is because they don’t sell it. I had seen the words XXXXX Farm written on the packages. I just figured that’s where the store got it from. You know how they have the distributors come into the stores to maintain displays? This lady was probably there working on the displays.
Anyway, once I realized what was up, I yelled to get the lady’s attention and told her that I had her other package, I thought it was for sale, and that I was having the store do a price check. She said, “That’s frost cover, you know.” I said, “Yeah, I know what it is.” Then she surprised me and said, “Just go ahead and keep it.”
All those delays put me at the right place at the right time to see her getting ready to leave the store so we could have that conversation. You know what that means, right? I have to buy a lottery ticket to see if my luck is still holding up.