We Don’t Care Who You Knowon August 31, 2006 at 8:30 pm
Some Fun I had with a Chiseler
by Mark Healey
I work in used books. It is customary pencil the price on the book so the customer can erase it. For some reason people think this means that it is just a suggestion.
One fine day A customer brings a book to the counter. It is marked U$30.00. He says that he doesn't think it is worth that much. OK, that is is the range where it is reasonable to make sure we haven't made a mistake or the market for that book has moved, so I look it up. It turns out it should be U$40.00. I tell him as much but we will honor the price written down. I guess he thought it was some kind of negotiating tactic and left without the book. I then remarked it at U$40.00 and returned it to the shelf.
Later that day. I'm off to the side eating dinner and the boss is manning the counter and he comes back and brings the book to the counter, as I look on with evil anticipation. The boss rings it up and tells asks for U$43.10 (sales tax y'know). Naturally SC pitches a fit. He says the other guy was going to sell it for U$30.00. Being the only candidate for the "other guy" the boss asks me if it was true and I tell him: "he thought it was too high at 30 so I looked it up, it turns out it should be 40 but I told him we would honor the price written. He left, I repriced and replaced the book." .
Now, the boss hates chiselers more than me. So he told the guy that it was now U$40.00. SC storms out making antisemitic comments, which is funny because the boss and me are both atheists with christian family histories. The boss then marked the book at U$45.00 in case the guy came back, sadly he didn't and we had to put it back at U$40.00 at which it sold a few months later.