The Dollar Store Informative - Everything is not $1, everthing is $768,452

Review by literalgeek@aol.com on 2003-10-14
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA -- I thought I spotted a bargin when the retail outlet that just opened in my suburban Boca Raton neighborhood posted a sign saying "everything is a dollar". I surveyed the merchandise and returned with a big Uhaul van. I informed the manager that I would take everthing in the store. She called the manager, who came in with two extra employees...together we loaded everthing in the Uhaul. When it came time to pay, they told me the bill was $768,452 plus tax. But the sign said EVERYTHING was a dollar, not EACH thing is a dollar. To make a long story short, we had to unload all but one item from the truck. They still haven't changed their signs.
Comments:17 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-10-12
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-14:
I heard about you. You went to store #1952 off Glades Road and 441 in Florida. We had a meeting at my store and the district manager made us take down our so called "misleading" signs and put up new ones. Why don't you get a life. You're making things tough for us in an already thin margin market!
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-14:
That's just crazy. I noticed my local store here in Burlington Vermont recently took down the EVERTHING IS A DOLLAR signs and replaced them with EACH ITEAM ONE DOLLAR> I guess maybe you had something to do with that?
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-14:
I have to say that this is about the stupidest thing ever. I worked as a cashier a while back in high school, and one day this woman came into the store and looked into a basket. After some thought, she picked up the heavy item and struggled to walk to my register. I asked her if she needed some help to carry it out. She said no and brought out 50 cents. I told her that the total is 8.00 dollars and some change. She started arguing and said it is 39 cents. I looked at the box and told her that she has to be about the dumbest person in the world. Also, I must say that about you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-15:
Ok, your a real cute one. Did you actually think you were going to bankrupt that store by loading your truck for a dollar? Not only can we all hope you wasted tons of time loading up and money in truck retal, but can we be so lucky someone kicked your smart @ss there too?
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-15:
Say... are you that fat guy who got caught stealing a turkey leg?
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-16:
I'd like to hear the "long" story. What was their reaction when you actually tried to pay with a dollar after they spent all that time loading your stupid truck up. I wonder if the police were needed to keep you alive to be stupid another day.
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-16:
o.k, you asked for it, the long story. As I attempted to pay the manager with ($1.06, one dollar plus six cents sales tax), he told me he wasn't allowed to accept tips. I told him that was for the truck load of merchandise, and that's when he blew up at me for no reason. I tried to remain calm and proceeded to my truck and attempted to drive off. The stupid employees (no wonder they work at the dollar store) stood in front of my truck and wouldn't let me pull forward. I couldn't back up either because I was parked in the handicapped spot and I would have had to back over the sign to menouver my way out. That's when someone (maybe the manager) called the police. He also started writing down the licence plate number of my rented Uhaul. I, on the other hand tried to be civil about the whole thing. I kept pointing to the signs and shouting "EVERTHING" is a dollar, not EACH thing!". They didn't want to hear any of it. Then, in a last ditch attempt to solve the matter peacefully, I offered each employee an extra dollar for their trouble. But because the manager was standing there, they refused to take it. One guy even laughed at me (talk about poor service). I'm the paying customer and they're going to laugh at me when it's their mistake? Finally the cops came, and when I told the cop my story he informed me that it was a civil matter and I should take the store owners to court. He then instructed me to move out of the handicapped space and allow the manager and is stupid helpers to unload the truck and reload the store. I left to go grab a bite to eat and returned 4 hours later and they were still unloading. They looked pissed off, but they weren't nearly as angry as me. I'll never patronize another one of those stores again.
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-16:
Some poor loser out there has a lot of time on his hands and nothing better to do than sit at home writing stupid FAKE complaints. Do you really expect us to believe that they helped you load everything inot your U-haul before you paid for it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-16:
Nice addendum(s) to your story with the comment(s). YOUR BUSTED. Yet the sad part is, some people still aren't looking at these tall tales with logic and actually believe you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-16:
fake complaint or not, you got a respect the fact that those signs are still wrong. yea, he/she is an idiot for not asking first if it's true, and the manager is even more dumb for not asking for the money upfront
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-16:
what point? that you can take advantage of a merchant just because the sign isn't exactly correct? dude, you have to use some common sense. Maybe then you wouldn't have wasted everyone's time including yours!
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-17:
Alright buddy, you're so busted. I called Boca Raton and there were three dollar tree/dollar store locations. I spoke to either the manager or the clerk at all of them, and none have heard of you or your stupid Uhaul truck. Furthermore, I called Uhaul. The biggest truck they have is 26 feet by 8 feet. You claim to have 743-thousand dollars or something close to it in merchandise, well that would be nearly three quarters of a million items. You couldn't put that much stuff in 10 Uhaul trucks. And the capacity of an entire store, on average, is 1200 square feet (I asked that question too) -- eight times the size of your stupid Uhaul. So admit it pal, you are making this up..
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-17:
what would posess you to spend your time and money calling florida to verify this guy's b.s. the person who wrote this is probably laughing his ass off right now at your expense.
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-17:
what were you going to do with all that stuff, had you been able to keep it?
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-10-27:
What kind of a Dumba$$ are you? Either you're joking or just really stupid!
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-11-05:
This is a clever, but unbelievable story. One part of your story that is true, the signs really do say "everything" is a dollar. I wonder if they even realize their error.
Posted by EHumphrey on 2009-10-12:
Several years ago a woman walked into a car dealership and started singing "Over the Rainbow." When she was done, she pointed to a car and said she'd take that one. The company (I think it was Toyota) had at the time had a national ad campaign under way where they promised consumers could get one of their cars "for a song." The fall out of that case, and similar cases, including whether celebrity endorsers really have to use the products they claim to, was a change in truth in advertising laws. You can't get a car "for a song," nor can you insist that "Everything is $1" be interpreted literally. It isn't an error on Dollar General's part and the story isn't clever. It is however an indication of how ignorant Americans are law.

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