Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We interrupt this program...

...for a rant.

I stopped at Home Depot tonight to pick up some spray paint for a project.  I used the self-checkout line.

I scanned the first can and a message saying "please show ID to cashier" popped up.  I thought "I'm paying cash, so meh".  I ran the 2nd can over the scanner and it wouldn't scan.  Tried it again...no luck.

The cashier finally stepped over and said "Oh - let me clear that for you.  We have to see ID to keep kids from purchasing spray paint to huff"

Is there a "WTF" icon on blogspot?  If so, I'd use it about eleventy billion times in this post.

Making people (regardless of age) show ID to purchase 2 cans of spray paint, or a package of cold medicine, or whatever other substance has been relegated to that grey area of "not illegal, but we're going to give you agita for purchasing it because we *can*" is NOT going to stop people from huffing or making illegal drugs.

What it's going to do is lose you business over the long run.  Touchy-Feely-Nanny legislation like this accomplishes nothing.  But I guess it *is* easier than tackling those silly issues like the highest property taxes in Christendom (I was purchasing said pseudo-contraband in NJ).

Gah.

6 comments :

  1. Haha - I agree 100%!

    It drives me NUTS!! And...our Home Depot does not have any checkout lines except the self checkout. If they keep track of all the spray paint I buy, I guess I'm in trouble. I paint a ton of stuff and I'm always buying spray paint!

    I can totally relate to this post. It drives me crazy every time I go in there. Problem is, our local Home Depot is the only place around here that sells my beloved Heirloom White and Winter Gray.

    xo,
    Kathleen

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  2. LOL! It's actually the law in one county near me--they have to keep the spray paint in the front of the store--like you have to walk through the check out area to get spray paint, then go back through and get in line! The same thing for canned air. Silly!

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