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We Are Losing the Battle!

For years (and years!), I have tried to undo those idiotic price signs with incorrectly-placed decimals. I am tired of arguing with inept store employees (and managers and other customers) over the false meaning of offering a ice cream sundae for .99!

For example, with the help of a WWU student (V.Z.) this past summer, we confronted three local vendors about their signs. Victor was kind enough to take pictures to document each situation.

The first occurred at our local Trader Joes. A sign on the fruit stand was incorrect (i.e. .89). I pointed it out (nicely) to an employee, who was confused...but agreed to change the sign when another customer agreed with my concern. My student Victor then dropped by the same store that afternoon, and found this new sign...a sign that we cannot win!

The second occurred at our local WalMart. While standing in line to return an item, I saw that their financial office sign incorrect. I pointed it out (nicely) to an employee, who was confused...and anxious people in the line behind me forced me to give up and leave. My student Victor then dropped by the same store the next week and found the sign unchanged...another sign that we cannot win!

The third occurred at a local gas station, where a sign on the window was incorrect (i.e. .69). Victor pointed it out (nicely) to an employee, and asked if he could get the sign when they took it down. The employee basically ignored his point about the wrong price and said "no" on giving the sign. Victor took a picture of the sign nonetheless....a sign that we cannot win!

Yes, we are losing the battle, and I am close to giving up. To see why, see a recent story in Math Lint for this week.