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Customer Service That is not on “Target”

I have been waiting for a while to be able to get an XBox One system. Last Friday (December 26), I finally got a gift that allowed me to purchase one. I have been searching the ads online and Craigslist trying to get a good deal without breaking the bank.

On Friday night, I finally found a deal at Target so I checked the website which showed that my local store in High Point had it in stock. I drove over only to find they were not in stock. The associate there called to the closest Greensboro store in Bridford Parkway and asked them to hold the only one left. I immediately drove over to get my prize.

Now here is where the problem begins.  The online listing showed that the system comes with a $50 gift card.  It was not clearly marked that you have to order this online in order to get the $50 credit.  The electronics associate at the Bridford store takes me up to the “Customer Service” desk so that they can handle this sale.  Since it was not showing on the register, he didn’t feel that he was able to override the register to make this sale complete.

I stood in line waiting for my turn.  I indicated that I was trying to take advantage of the $50 gift card promotion and then I was told that it was only available for online purchases.  OK, fine, they showed me the fine print where it shows the policy on the purchase.  Fine…I’ll log on with my phone and you can process it right here for in-store pickup.

Here is where it really goes sideways.  The website tells me that the item is not available at the store!  So, now I am in a catch-22 situation.  I have to buy it online, your website won’t let me buy it online, and you have one in hand right here, and I have the means to buy the item!  What’s wrong with this picture?  The manager tries to pass off a 10% discount on the system ($35.00) as a viable substitute for the $50 gift card!

After explaining to the manager the situation, she still would not make it right and provide the $50 gift card.

I walked out of the store after expressing my distaste for the shopping experience and drove across the street to Best Buy near Stanley Road.  Alan was able to quickly provide the same deal and instead of having to wait for a gift card to be emailed to me, I walked out of the store with the gift card in hand.  Target should take a lesson from Best Buy in how to create a positive shopping experience for their customers.

Special Needs Children: A Parent’s View on Restraining a Child

There has recently been a news story reported in several places regarding a six-year-old student being handcuffed in a Georgia school.  I have read several comments by numerous people about their views as well as the mother’s concerns as reported in the article.

First of all, I want to say that I do not know this child or the extent of his special needs or diagnosis.  I don’t even know what actually happened at the school to require the use of handcuffs on this child, other than what has been reported.  My views come from my own experiences as a parent of my own special needs child. Continue reading Special Needs Children: A Parent’s View on Restraining a Child

Thanksgiving Desserts

Eleven years ago, my then-girlfriend made me a Chocolate Meringue Pie like what you see below.  It was this pie that sealed the deal and the following May I made it official (we got married).  Today she still uses the same recipe and makes the most mouth-watering desserts from scratch.  Below are two of the desserts that will be enjoyed tomorrow during our Thanksgiving meal.


I was just now sitting outside on the front porch of our house as the storm is gathering and coming this way.  I began to remember things; things that I don’t remember often, but when I do, they are comforting.

I remember:

  • Sitting in my grandparents’ backyard on evening like tonight.  There may or may not have been a storm brewing.
  • Seeing the “plastic glasses” that my Neenaw (that’s what we called her) had her iced tea in, flavored with those ReaLemon lemon juices.
  • Smelling the cedar plant that used to be located at the corner of Lee Street and Chapman St in Greensboro, mixed with the smells of the barbecue being smoked at the Stamey’s nearby.
  • I don’t like cigarettes, but there is a comfort in the sweet tobacco smell of the cigarettes my grandparents used to smoke.  There was something about that scent when we were outside.  If you’d been there, you’d understand.
  • Feeling the grass under my feet, even though I didn’t run around bare-footed a lot.
  • The sounds of the aluminum frame chairs (the ones that didn’t fold) with the strapping for the seats.  There is a sound that they made when you moved them as they hit each other, or scraped against the grass.
  • The huge oak tree that was in the back yard that shaded us and would rustle when the wind was blowing…like it is doing right now outside.

It was quiet outside except for the occasional car that would drive by or the dog barking in the background.  As I closed my eyes and felt the air outside, these things started to come back to me.

It was a nice memory.

Lunar Eclipse – October 2014: “Blood Moon”

So, I was able to get up this morning and have Morgan join me to see the lunar eclipse.  I wasn’t sure that I would be able to see it when I first got up because of cloud cover, but after 15-20 minutes, it cleared up enough to see the start.  Morgan and I talked about how the eclipse works and why the shadow happens.  I had fun trying to teach her how it happens.

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