Monday, October 15, 2012
Who Set the Dogs Adrift?
We all enjoyed watching this video of one dog rescuing two other dogs stuck in a canoe. You can see for yourself how intelligent we dogs are
If the video doesn't play, click here.
UPDATE: As Suka mentioned, the owner has added a comment on the YouTube video site saying these dogs are trained.
As to the demented computer -
Jan says we need to watch our pennies, but we've found penny-watching boring. They don't do anything, just lie there. She writes down prices when she shops and has a good idea of what the total will be before taxes are added so she won't have more purchases than money. However, Friday taxes went w-a-a-a-y over the top. Now Jan says she'll need to carry a calculator but she can only read a large print / large button one that won't fit in her purse.
She was checking out at a self-service aisle at Wal-mart with a single discounted food purchase. (Our tax is 7% but 3% on food.) The $1.73 item rang up correctly, but the total was $2.83. She pointed to the total and asked the cashier standing nearby, "What's that?" He glanced at it and said, "That's the tax." She looked at the total and looked back at him and said with a touch of sarcasm, "I don't think so!"
$1.10 tax on a less than $2 item? It wouldn't have been as noticeable had she been buying a number of items. So we wonder how often does this happen and customers pay the excessive tax unawares?
She contacted Walmart through their website and the local assistant manager telephoned Saturday. The manager was as at sea over the incident as Jan and the cashier had been. She said she had never seen or heard of that happening before and she would send the issue to field support to see if they can figure it out.
The cashier hadn't mentioned it to anyone or turned in the printout he made when he canceled the transaction. Jan was so rattled she left without her receipt - or her change - but she could give the approximate time, ID the cashier, and remember what item she bought so they can find the tax error in their records.
We aren't accusing Wal-mart of doing that deliberately. But if want your human to be able to continue bringing home extra treats for you, remind them to be alert because even though computers are great, strange things can - and do - happen!
Have a good week.