Remember the post about String Cheese? Well the story got much worse today.
Now, New York City is not known for their value sized grocery stores. They don't have a Target nor a Walmart. Anything in bulk is hard to come by. I fully realized this today when I wanted to buy another package of string cheese to make my manicotti for lunches. The grocery store on my way to the train was a small one...like almost as small as a gas station, but I was still hopeful they might have the goods I needed.
I searched. For a while. A whole section of cheese.
Surely if they had so much cheese, there had to have some string cheese, right?
Ah ha! I found a box of individually wrapped ones. Like out of the bag and I could buy one strand if I wanted to. One strand of string cheese apparently costs $1.25! Seriously?! One bag of 12 strands is like $4 at a suburban grocery store. Geez! I needed 6. This should have cost me $7.50 but of course there's tax. So the cashier wants me to pay $8.17. I only have $8 in cash and of course, they only accept cash. The cashier instructs me that there is an ATM around the corner even after I explained to him that I only had $8 and asked if that's enough.
So I go to the ATM, which of course is not a Wells Fargo affiliated ATM so I have to pay the $1.75 fee. I march back to the cashier and hand him my new $20. He promptly hands me $12 in change.
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?!?!?! If he didn't care about the extra $.17, I could have just given him my original $8 and been on my merry way!
To top things off, as if to offer me a consolation prize, he bags my cheese and throws in a few caramel candies and tells me to have a nice day.
Sorry buddy, it's going to take a lot more than a caramel to make me go back there after that!