I think I may have been a bit SS tonight. I'm on day 14 of a horrific migraine and I'm just not in the mood to deal with anything. I had to go to the grocery store, and as it's Cheap Chocolate Day, I browsed the clearance bins. There was a bag of chocolate that I like with a large sticker on it with a marked down price. I had a half dozen other items. The bag of chocolate was the last thing scanned, but it scanned for full price. I questioned the price and the cashier said that the price on the large, day-glo orange sticker was only valid with the rewards card. I said, you know what, you can keep it, and started walking away. She shouted after me, asking if I was just going to leave the rest of the stuff and I replied that I was just leaving, and kept walking.
Now, the whole rewards card thing bothers me anyway, but most stores use them. I've begrudgingly accepted this fact. The line here was the large day-glo orange price sticker that said nothing about a rewards card, just a price. That's what sent me over the edge. I didn't raise my voice, but I probably should have been nicer about it, or maybe even bought the rest of the stuff, as I really needed the other stuff and wound up going to a different store (one that doesn't use discount cards) to get what I needed.
I totally understand being frustrated with the policy, but I'd have to say that it's a pretty awful thing to do to the cashier. If you'd told her you didn't want any of it, or asked if it was possible to borrow the card of a person behind you in line, it wouldn't be so bad. This wording and the immediate walking away is really rude to the poor cashier who then has to get someone to put everything away and cancel the transaction and explain to her manager what happened when she has no idea why you left.
I would find a person who refused to have their own card and wanted to borrow my rude. You don't want it for whatever reason, fine,no problem, but then you don't get the benefits. I made a a choice to give the store my info - in return for some savings, others don't want stores tracking them, having their info, whatever and that's where the trade off lies. Either get the card or resign yourself to paying higher prices, but you don't get to have it both ways.
Which is exactly why I wasn't upset that the milk was ringing up at full price, instead of at the discounted price advertised on the sale placard stuck to the refrigerator door.
I do, however, right in my first sentence, admit to being SS in my reaction to the chocolate. Like I said, there's a difference between a sale sticker and a regular looking price tag with absolutely no indication of a card requirement.