Monday, April 27, 2009

Rude Shoppers and Fun Purchases

I went to Kohl's this weekend looking for undies, a picture frame and whatever else caught my eye. They had a promotion in which if you spent $50 you'd get a $10 coupon off a future purchase, so that's what I did. The promotion ended Monday in stores, but is still running online until April 29.

I have a love/hate relationship with Kohl's...err, as much as one can have with a store. I like that they offer lots of good deals and have begun stocking relatively more upscale goods -- ie: with a Vera Wang clothing line and Food Network kitchenware -- while maintaining reasonable prices. The problem is that you have to do a lot of digging to find the hidden gems. I'd say overall Kohl's hit-or-miss on quality, and that over the past few years, prices have gone up while overall quality of the merchandise has not.

Maybe it's because my scope of the store has expanded beyond the juniors section.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to enter my local Kohl's a see a huge, attractive display of beauty products. They looked nice, but not tempting enough to lure me in...though I could hardly believe their wide range of fancy perfumes, including my beloved "Daisy" by Marc Jacobs, which I gave to my little sis for the holidays.

I went home with:
A copper picture frame to go on my fireplace mantel; gold-plated flower earrings; a lion broach.

A (much-needed) black bra; three pairs of undies; and a pink and black hoodie (from Avril Lavigne's line...makes me shudder a bit, but it looks really cute on).

Nothing to wear to work, but fun things to jazz up under and around my 9-to-5 outfits.. I've already worn most of the items and have the picture frame -- still empty, sadly -- on my mantle.

Lastly, the "rude shoppers." I was at the register behind a group of teens and two women, who already had one or two purchases rung up separately. The women were also buying about 20 watches in individual boxes. They'd put on some fuss before I got on line, and then more of a fuss with the watches -- to the point that the teens left for another line.

After the cashier rung the women up, they suddenly started asking how to remove the watches from the boxes. They said that in the past, they haven't been able to remove the zip ties holding the watches into the box. They asked the clerk to show them how to do it. How to cut a zip tie. After they'd held up the line and had 20 boxes rung up.

So the clerk took out a scissors but (smartly) refused to try cutting herself, and asked them to try. After a half-assed attempt, they requested a manager.

A manager came over and told them to cut with a scissors or a knife or a razor at home. They looked dumbfounded when it came to this suggestion until the manager had repeated herself half a dozen times.

They finally left (in their matching "Princess" shirts) and I got up to the register and said to the cashier 'wow, that was kind of obnoxious.' Like the manager really had a better idea to open the package?


VanityTreasure said...

Hey! Nice items you have gotten for yourself there!! I like! :)

AbcGrrrL said...

Good job finding the items you bought. I live 5 minutes from a Kohls, and I guess I have the same love/hate relationship. It's hard finding my size considering its a department store... and sometimes the workers aren't that helpful. You're right about the quality.. most of the boxes in the kitchen section = janked up. sigh. Its unforuntate you were in line behind those annoying ladies, its as if they were born yesterday and cannot figure out how to take the watches out!