Expert customer service


In the check-out line at Costco, a young employee asked with a completely straight face:

“The item at the top of your cart–will that be to purchase or for return?”

“I didn’t realize returns were an option on those,” I said.

Again, with nary a mouth twitch, he said, “If you have the original receipt.”


I expressed my regrets, as I did not. Joking, of course, and thankful my little man had no clue what we were talking about, lest he need future therapy.

Then again, I should probably be careful. He may be smarter than he looks. Out of nowhere the other day he announced:

“It is unacceptable that we don’t have a trampoline.”

Seriously, what? You’re three, kid. Come on.

And now something I owe Swinged Cat in exchange for the picture of his cat, Sydney. Here you go, Mark. A picture of Chex Mix in a bowl. How’s that for food photography?

53 responses »

  1. Oh my goodness! Again you’ve got me in stitches! (I started reading your post in “limited browser” so I couldn’t see any images – I had finished the conversation bit when the image finally hit me for the big reveal!!!!

    That Chex Mix is just taunting me!


  2. Yes, little Joe reminds me of his father when he was three. We had a rule that there was no complaining until we had a family meeting and we could discuss matters. Well, it seems that Paul had some issues with one of his older siblings one day, and out of the clear blue he pipes up and says ‘I want to have a family meeting’!

    Seems like it runs in the family …


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  3. Here’s a story about a big man. My husband and I planned to go to Confession Saturday, but the time came and passed. My husband looked on the bright side: “We can yell at each other for another week.”

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  4. Betsy, Very cute on the amazing customer service. The staff at Costco should be given medals for their patience with customers. And how you could want to return such a little cutie? Food photography ready for Bon Apetit.πŸ™‚


  5. Kids can be so funny! But I’m not a fan of trampolines for kids, because my son and his cousin were jumping on the bed when they were young (my sister was watching them at the time, as I would have put a stop to that myself) and my nephew accidentally hit his head, hard, against my son’s chin. Which resulted in a nasty bump on my nephew’s head, and two knocked out teeth in my son’s mouth…thank goodness they weren’t his permanent teeth!

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  6. LOL! Man, if I had known I could return an item with the original receipt … oh hell, who am I kidding? That checkout kid (heh, I’m old enough now I can call them ‘kids’ πŸ˜€ ) has a great sense of humor! And we got a trampoline for the kids when they were younger. Lasted a couple years, now it provides shade for the chickens. The tough part was figuring out what to do with it in the winter.

    Great food photo, BTW!

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    • That food photo, though I didn’t realize it at the time, is historic. That was my LAST bag of the infamous Cheddar Chex Mix. And, funny thing, I saw the CMG just this morning, and the first thing he said after, “Oh, hi,” was “You getting any Chex Mix?” I just shook my head and said no. That joke is so old now. In fact, it’s been more than two years since the start of all that.

      So, what DID you do with the trampoline in the winter? It’s shade for the chickens during the day, but at night, when you’re asleep, they sneak out of the coop and bounce on it. Bu-gawk! πŸ˜‰

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      • LOL! Chickens bouncing on the trampoline! We actually tipped it up on its side and leaned it against one of our outbuildings so it would be shaded. Ideally, you’re supposed to take the bouncy part off and then restring it in the spring, but that’s a lot of work! Hence the reason it only lasted a couple years; UV light ages the bouncy part so after a couple years it rips anyway.

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  7. I have to agree with your three year old there, we do trampoline everyday, the single one not the outdoor one…I send them on it everytime their energy peaks. Then they have to catch their breath and the screaming stops instantly.

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