Sunday, September 14, 2014
Quest for Tires.
I needed new front tires for the Cherokee, and I heard via the local radio gossip link that the Fall Sale was underway at Walmart.
When I got there, they had exactly what I wanted. Off road tread, 50,000 mile warranty, wide tires exactly like the ones on the back of the Jeep. $74.50 each. That's 20 dollars a tire off the regular price.
So while my wife shopped, I sat out on a bench by the auto department and looked at the mountains. There was one of those cigarette disposal tube looking ashtrays with a cigarette burning down inside it. The smoke curled out by the bench, and it sure smelled good. One day something like that will happen and I'll start smoking again.
When they finished, I went in. They had added $10.00 per tire for a "life time rotation" policy, and $10.00 a tire for "Road Hazard Insurance." I told them I wasn't paying for that. They told me I had to have it, which is utter nonsense. The tires have a warranty against any damage, so why do I need their road hazard scam? I can get my tires rotated for free at the garage I go to. The manager came along, tried to haggle with me over it, then to get rid of me he had them refund the $40.00. When I got home and checked the receipt again, I saw they charged me for two windshield wiper replacement kits instead of one. So when I go back I'll have to get that money back. It's coming up on the end of the quarter, and if the auto department doesn't make their assigned quota, they won't get their quarterly bonus. These aren't "mistakes."
I did get two cans of Tula boxer primed brass cased 9 mm, 100 rounds per can, for $22.00 each plus tax. I could have had all I wanted, they had plenty of every conceivable chambering you might want except .22 LR. Our Walmart no longer has the 3 boxes per customer rule and you can buy all the ammo you have money to pay for.
We also stocked up on fresh fruit and vegetables, as my wife did the food shopping while I was going through all this smoke and mirrors with the auto department. I got some new half boots, which I'd been needing, they were a good brand and on sale.
Now I'm back and I'm glad to be back. Going to town always seems to mean some kind of bother these days.