Monday, December 19, 2005

TALES FROM RETAIL
Like others I know, I'm doing some retail work during this holdiay season, inspiring the following quiz:

You receive an e-mail coupon entitling you to 30% off a single item. The coupon clearly states that a single customer may use one coupon per day. You have ten items to purchase from this store. Do you...

A. Print off one copy of the coupon, let it be applied to your most expensive item, and move on wtih life.

B. Print off several copies, and visit the store on separate days, remaining within the letter of the coupon.

C. Print off several copies, and get in line several times to apply the coupon, or visit different stores applying the coupon each time. While this is not within the letter of the coupon, it would not likely be detected.

D. Print off 10 copies of the coupon, bring them to the cash register with your 10 purchases, but take your medicine when the cashier explains that he will have to ring them each as separate transactions in order to apply each coupon, since he is allowing you to bend (actually, explicitly break) the rules of the coupon.

E. Print off 10 copies of the coupon, bring them to the cash register with your 10 purchases, and get indignant when the cashier explains that he will have to ring them each as separate transactions. Lament that at some point, "common sense ought to prevail over policy" while completely ignoring that common sense ought to tell you that the intent of a "30% off one item" coupon is not to have you print off 10 copies and apply it to 10 different items.

F. Forget your coupon and end up paying full price.


Correct Answer:Anything but E.
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