In the Closeout Department was a holder along with an earpiece and a car battery charger for the munificent price of $2.50. I bought it! Not knowing if it would be to my satisfaction, I only bought one. Let me say that while in MD, I had gone to several stores and wasnâ€™t able to get any holders to fit. The prices in that mall area ranged form $15.00 to $25.00 for the holder alone. What a bargain this was!
Early this morning, I drove back to Office Depot to get some more. Although the ads stated the stores would open at 6 AM, Paramus does not allow commercial endeavor in these areas until 7:00 AM. There was a crowd stretched around Trader Joeâ€™s and extending around the corner. Office Depot had provided a table outside with some Dunking Donuts coffee for their patrons.
At precisely 7:00 AM, the doors were opened and the crowd poured in. Waiting my turn to enter, I went to the back for my purchase. Woe to me, there was only one left; I took it! Getting in line to pay for it was another story. That too had purchasers waiting.
While waiting, I noticed a lovely young lady clutching a cane and her purchase of a Coby Micro Stereo System. She didnâ€™t have a cart and was bravely trying to balance her purchase, her cane and her equilibrium. Introducing ourselves, I offered to hold the carton for Karla Schilling while we were waiting in line.
Karla was very upset because she wanted to buy two of the item and said that one of the clerks had been quite brusque in telling her that there was a limit of one to a customer. It was a little shocking to hear about the curtness because I know that the manager, Richard Ranft, would not tolerate that type of attitude. One of the reasons I go to that particular store is because of their customer satisfaction attitude. In particular, one of the men, James, often greets me by name and sees to it that I can rapidly locate the item I am looking for.
While waiting in line, a clerk at the service station freed up and called â€˜Next!â€™. Karla and I went over to consummate our purchases. While there, another patron rudely tried to take advantage of Karlaâ€™s disability. He tried to get the clerk to procure an item he was looking for by pretending to be with Karla. Needless to say, Karla bristled and the clerk was astute enough to decline. Incidentally, in fine print on the bottom of their ad, Office Depot does state that they reserve the right to limit quantities.
A glutton for punishment, I also did a tour of the Westfield Garden State Plaza Shopping Center. Luckily I can walk to it. Traffic was horrendous, the parking lots filling rapidly and the stores were jammed. The long lines at the cash registers deterred me from making any purchases. I walked home, happy that I didnâ€™t have to drive there.