Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole
August 30, 2008 1:11pm CST
This is the equivalent of what I tried to do last weekend. Keep in mind I am a blond female (I love the hair color excuse) I needed new garbage cans. So I went to a Home Depot that was not the closest to me (the one closest to me was impossible to get to because of all of the flooding caused by T.S Fay) Anyway, instead of buying 1 can with lids and wheels at $65 each, I thought I should get 2. I have a Chrysler 300M Special. Roomy. I thought, I can fit 2 in my car. So I paid for them and my mom and I proceeded to (try) to put them in the car. In the rain. The 1st one fit with no problems. I thought YAY! I can get the other one in too. So for the next 20 minutes we twisted, turned, shoved, pulled, cussed, and laughed while we attempted to get the 2nd one in the car. 2 men walked by and were laughing. I told them to shut up or help. They kept walking and laughing. Finally, I resigned myself to just leaving the 2nd one there and coming back for it later, since I already knew 1 would fit. I thought it would be as easy as me taking it in, explaining what happened, and they hand write my name on a piece of paper and taping it to the can. Of course, I was wrong about that too. The woman had to enter it into the computer. This was apparently something she has never done before. It took her and another person 20 minutes to figure out how to do it. Meanwhile, my mom, who's stomach now hurts from laughing too hard, calls me from the car and tells me to just get my money back. I wasn't about to go that route. The woman was already p!ssy about my stupidity anyway.) She finally finishes, give me 4 pages of paper work (remember.. this is a GARBAGE CAN not a child) and sends me on my way. I went back 30 minutes later to get it. It was raining, only MUCH harder than before. Thinking, I can just show my receipt, my paperwork, and be on my way. That's what I brought into the store with me. Notsomuch. It was a different person, who ALSO had never released a garbage can into someone else's custody. She also had to get someone to help her. 10 minutes later, she says .. "ok.. now all I need is your drivers license" I said... it's a freaking garbage can, not a child. Here is my receipt, my 4 pages of paperwork that I waited 20 minutes for to leave it here in the first place, my garbage can is right there.. with the sticker from the afore mentioned paperwork. I am leaving now." I left the paperwork after showing her my receipt, shoved the can in my car in the wind and rain... and drove home extremely aggravated. All because I tried to fit a square peg in a round hole. Please share with me your square peg/round hole stories.
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• United States
2 Sep 08
okay ive got a fairly funny story involving lowes... a very large bbq grill that was on clearance and a 98 chevy prizm. back in january me and my roommate and my fiancee were shopping at lowes and seen a grill that was on clearance for like 80$ it was origanally like 300$ so we were like heck ya and we bought it not thinking about how we were gonna get it home. so we bought it and then realized how hard it would be to put in the car so we decided to leave it there and pick it up the next day with a borrowed truck. well as it turns out the truck we were gonna use was in the shop so we were back to square one. so we went back to lowes and decided we would take it apart and put it piece by piece into the car... now this would not have been a problem except we didnt bring the right sized screw driver and none of the lowes employees could find one... so we ended up with a flat screw driver when we really needed a big phillips head screw driver. then they talked us into not taking the legs all the way apart which while in the store didnt sound like that bad of an idea. finally after taking it apart we took it outside to the car and got the biggest part into the back seat no problem then we started putting all the other parts in just to find that the legs were a bit too long to fit in the trunk. well because we didnt feel like going back inside to track down another screwdriver which would have been easier we spent about 45 minutes trying different ways to get it into the car before we finally got it in. im sure whoever was watching the camera system that morning was laughing there butts off at us... not to mention we live in northern minnesota so it was probally about 15 out at the time we did this and on top of that we had just gotten off of work as both me and my roommate were working nights at the time for the duluth news paper oh and just to clarify neither of us were blonds
• United States
2 Sep 08
OMG! That is hilarious.. Imagined me and my friends doing everything you described! I am ROFL! I can just picture it.. "ok.. what if you held the grill part on your lap, and you... you squeeze back behind the passenger seat so the rack will fit... can we just tie the legs to the top of the car?" Thanks for the laugh! I bet you are on youtube
31 Aug 08
I too love the hair color excuse, and I was thrilled to know that you are blond. Your story reminded me of a Blond who was driving along a country road, when she saw a man with a row-boat, rowing along in the middle of a plowed field. She was so amazed she stopped the car and shouted," What are you doing with that boat, in a plowed field?"" I'm going fishing!" he replied," Wanna come?" Without a moments hesitation she answered, "I'd love to, but I can't swim!"
• United States
30 Aug 08
Boy, that was a bunch of doo-doo, wasn't it? I don't have a story of my own...but... I worked for a pretty fancy department store in housewares at Christmas time. We had some awesome artificial trees on a HUGE markdown. And I can't tell you how many women thought they could get the big boxes into their tiny cars. The trees (in boxes) were pretty heavy, especially the ones that were 7 ft. We'd call a maintenance or stock person to come with a hand cart to help out. The customer would be instructed to pull his/her (usually her) car up to the loading dock area. Our stock employee would deliver the tree to the dock area and wait...and wait...and wait. Sometimes the customers drove around and around trying to find the right place. Then they'd pull up with a sports car and the stock employee would be amazed. "Um, m'am, I don't think this box will fit in your car." "Sure it will." The employee would be right. Then came the problem about what to do next. One lady asked the guy to give her a refund. Okay, he as a stock employee in the parking lot. How was he going to do that? She was mad that she had to find a parking place again (which took about 15 minutes since it was Christmas time), then go back to the housewares dept. and get her refund there. Well, not really. She had paid cash, but we couldn't give out cash. So we gave her a receipt and she had to go to customer service...where she had to wait in line with all the people trying to get things gift wrapped.
• United States
31 Aug 08
Yeah... that sucked. I was going to wait until my son, who has a truck, could go with me.. that would have been the smart thing to do. But..I never claimed to be the brightest crayon in the shed. However, I would never attempt to put something like a Christmas tree in my car... even I know that would never fit. To get mad at employees because of your own stupidity doesn't make sense. I was ok with all of the employees until she asked for my drivers license.. that was the last straw. Thank you for sharing