Re: Sunday Nights, Grad School
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 11:12:08 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 10/27/97 3:04:08 AM, (Gregory
Alan Bolcer) wrote:

<<We have this grocery store by my house called Ralph's.
Some of your know me, I am a big computer privacy advocate.
I go into the Ralph's grocery store here to buy some
hamburger buns and milk and orange juice. They have
this high pressure campaign to make you sign up for
Club cards when you walk in, I don't feel like explaining
my philosophical views about how people should be able
to buy groceries anonymously and that that by keeping
track of people's purchases is unethical so I blow
the blonde bimbo off and keep walking. I grab 4 items
and go up to the fast checkout counter and the woman
ringing me up does another hard sell and goes through
a scripted routine, "Oh? You don't have your Club card?
Here, you can use mine!" She rings me up and saves me
a lousy fifteen cents. Now I have to explain to the
person behind the counter that my ability for them
not to know my gender, home address, age, tax bracket
and a million other things is not a precondition to buy
a stupid carton of milk. I am going to have to start shopping
at gas stations now before they start tracking
the calories.

I'm glad someone else brought this up. When they tried to hardsell me the
last time I was in there for the same thing and I said No, I don't shop here
enough. Good thing the jerk didn't ask me why because I would have told him
that the last time I shopped here, they put in a toothbrush in my bag (which
I'm sure they charged me for even though it was not part of my things, but
probably the person behind me) and the time before that they added an extra
carton of milk to my bag, but shorted me the bacon, coffee and tangelos I
purchased. By the way, this happened at two separate Ralph's stores by my