Do the MathAugust 20, 2010
Shopping yesterday at a certain store known for its deliciously scented toiletries and hand soaps…
I selected a nifty travel size (one ounce) hand sanitizer gel for $1.50 and a larger bottle (eight ounces) of the same product so I could refill it. What follows is the conversation at the check out counter.
CLERK: These (indicating 1 ounce bottle) are 5 for $5. Do you want to get four more?
ME: No, I’m getting this large bottle so I can just refill the smaller one. It’s cheaper that way.
CLERK: Well, it’s just that you’re going to spend $6.50 on these two.
ME: How many ounces is the smaller bottle?
ME: How many ounces is the larger bottle?
ME: See? It’s cheaper this way. I get nine ounces for $6.50 instead of five ounces for $5.00.
But, alas, there was no light bulb moment of understanding. How do people get jobs in retail when they can’t do basic math?