Quick break from biscuits, whiskey, and beer to pose a question. Do we need so many questions, and so much paperwork in our retail experiences? Let me relate the interaction I just had while purchasing a book.

Me: Hey how’s it going? (places book on counter)

Clerk: Did you find everything ok?

Me: Yup.

Clerk: Will you be saving with us today by using a membership?

Me: No.

Clerk: Would you like a membership?

Me: No, thank you.

Clerk: Would you like to provide an e-mail for updates and sales?

Me: No, thank you.

Clerk: Will this be all?

Me: Yup.

Clerk: Would you like a bag?

Me: No, thank you.

Clerk: Ok, you ca have a nice day.

Me: You too!

THAT’S A LOT OF DIALOGUE. For the record, I have no ill-will towards the clerk, I understand they have to abide by the script, but maybe, just maybe, someone at corporate should reconsider the amount of questions asked of a person buying a single book.

Also, have you been to CVS lately? They print receipts as long as your arm, even when you’re just getting a soda or a pack of gum. Its equally as nuts.

Lets get back to simpler times of “hows it going?”-“this it?”-“yup.”-“thanks!” and keeping it moving…with receipts that only list what you bought and who you bought it from.

This about sums it up.

I am keenly aware that this about sums up this post.

That Irish whiskey post is coming soon, promise.

Charlie Mewshaw