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    Subject: Buying at Playero on highway in Sosua.

    Went to buy efficiency bulbs yesterday.
    When the cashier got the total of 1,600 pesos and change, she asked me for a 20, I believe, but I had no change.
    She grabbed at a large pack of gum, at which point I told her no, that I wanted the change, that I was buying on behalf of some others who had chipped in to help out some poor folks (which was true) and that I needed exact change for our accounting. (also true)
    She gave me a dirty look and kept on asking.
    It took 3 repeats to convince her that no change was forthcoming out of my pocket and that I was not accepting the gum.
    Finally, she called over one of the bosses and explained to him that I insisted on having my change, at which point he started to make change for a 100 pesos, while responding to her, "Well they had better get used to it", in Spanish of course and in reference that we (shoppers) had better get used to accepting gum as change. (clearly, he did not realize that I understood Spanish)
    So I strolled out the door where my buddy was reading the bulletin board and was telling him what the dude had just said, when he asked me if they had finished testing the bulbs.
    I went back in and the kid was just packing them all up in a plastic bag.
    Once outside, I started feeling suspicious and decided to look in the bag and do a count.
    In lieu of the 9 bulbs I had paid for, there were only 8.
    As I turned around (the exit door was closed) I saw the kid watching me and reach down below the counter, pulling out the one 193 pesos Toshiba bulb, to give to me.
    Anyone who thinks that it was just an accident, is dreaming.
    He was stealing the bulb for himself, otherwise, he would not have been watching me and already reaching below the counter for it, before I even had a chance to tell him that I was missing one.
    This is what we are dealing with at Playero these days, so buyer beware.
    They will get you, if given the chance.

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    Thanks Rocky.
    On many occasions I am such a hurry I don't even count the change. I certainly never would have thought to check the contents of the bags.
    Obviously, I will more careful in the future.

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    The getting gum back as currency change is getting very old. I don't chew gum and I cann't use it as money to pay others. So it has zero value for me.

    My wife did have a woman in front of her checking out. When the woman was given the total bill, she counted out gum for the change part of her payment. The cashier would not take it until others in line started to insist also. A manager was called and relented. So now they are using recycled gum for change.

    What is the real value of a piece of gum? Exchange rate?

    We never leave the counter until everything is bagged and ready to go. Guess we will take a glance under the counter too.

    BTW. The number 1 manger is named Nelso and he speaks english.

    Regards, Ringo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo View Post
    The getting gum back as currency change is getting very old. I don't chew gum and I can't use it as money to pay others. So it has zero value for me.

    My wife did have a woman in front of her checking out. When the woman was given the total bill, she counted out gum for the change part of her payment. The cashier would not take it until others in line started to insist also. A manager was called and relented. So now they are using recycled gum for change.

    What is the real value of a piece of gum? Exchange rate?

    We never leave the counter until everything is bagged and ready to go. Guess we will take a glance under the counter too.

    BTW. The number 1 manger is named Nelso and he speaks english.

    Regards, Ringo
    I've learned to tolerate the one or two pieces of gum or candy, but in this case, she was trying to give me a large pack of 20 or so.
    I told her she could give me more back, if she was having trouble making exact change.
    She looked at me like I was insane.
    Of course, it's OK with them, in reverse.
    I bet that they make over 100 bux/day, playing the "no change" game with us.
    Who knows how much extra the packers make with their sideline biz.

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    Ever since 1 mints were used for change years and years ago, I accept them and then when I go back I use the the candy, gum or mints in payment, just like the above poster said. Turn about is fair play.
    This is just poor management in the first place. the banks have plenty of coins.

    As for the thievery, that is totally uncalled for and should have been reported forthwith and the person fired on the spot or taken next door to the police station.

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    and should have been reported forthwith and the person fired on the spot or taken next door to the police station.

    HB
    You must be only half awake and in need of more coffee.
    You are unquestionably the wisest DR1er of them all, and you know the implications of having reported him or, worse yet, made a criminal accusation.
    He denies and the next thing I know, I'm the one with problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    I went back in and the kid was just packing them all up in a plastic bag.
    Once outside, I started feeling suspicious and decided to look in the bag and do a count.
    In lieu of the 9 bulbs I had paid for, there were only 8.
    As I turned around (the exit door was closed) I saw the kid watching me and reach down below the counter, pulling out the one 193 pesos Toshiba bulb, to give to me.
    Anyone who thinks that it was just an accident, is dreaming.
    He was stealing the bulb for himself, otherwise, he would not have been watching me and already reaching below the counter for it, before I even had a chance to tell him that I was missing one.
    This is what we are dealing with at Playero these days, so buyer beware.
    They will get you, if given the chance.
    Interesting.

    Two weeks ago we shopped for groceries @ Jumbo in Las Colinas before heading back to Jarabacoa . Really nice, well organized store. We bought our stuff and went home. When I was unpacking the bags, I found a 1.5lb. package of sliced jamon was absent. I WATCHED them pack the bags. The little weasel must have pulled a fast one, because the jamon was NOT there. I DID notice the guy tied extra-tight knots on the plastic bags, making it really difficult to open and inspect; I'm thinking this is not a coincidence.

    I will keep a better eye on the packers. Thanks for confirming my suspicions, Marco...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    I DID notice the guy tied extra-tight knots on the plastic bags, making it really difficult to open and inspect; I'm thinking this is not a coincidence.
    I'm thinking the same.
    From now on, I'll be keeping a closer eye on those kids who make the super knots.

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    Good eye Cobra.

    I'm learning to watch for those little clues in behavior. It's been a tough learning curve, but it's finally sinking in. In many ways it's a good thing. It forces me to be more aware of other people's behavior and what it means.

    I don't want to turn into some kind of paranoid nut, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be a tad suspicious, and to pay attention to your instincts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catcherintherye View Post
    Good eye Cobra.

    I'm learning to watch for those little clues in behavior. It's been a tough learning curve, but it's finally sinking in. In many ways it's a good thing. It forces me to be more aware of other people's behavior and what it means.

    I don't want to turn into some kind of paranoid nut, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be a tad suspicious, and to pay attention to your instincts.
    I was mainly pi$$ed at the fact I was making grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch the next day, and had no ham. Bummer.

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