If you do any Christmas shopping in Bed Bath and Beyond, Better Watch Your Mouth!

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OK, it wasn't like I dropped the F-Bomb in a crowded Kids-R-Us or anything like that!

After a home inspection and before a neighborhood party, I decided to brave the shopping mall in DC's Columbia Heights to find a Christmas tree skirt (Willie the Labradoodle chewed on my old one).  Target had one, but the check out line ran about a mile long, and I decided instead to try Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  

I ran into a neighbor, who was also looking for Christmas stuff, and a great saleswoman was helping us.  She ran back to the storeroom to see if they had what we needed, and a guy demonstrating $199 corkscrews was looking pretty lonely, and we decided to check out his wares while we waited. 

I dropped my keys, and when I stood up after picking them up, my back bit me.  And I must have said, "Oh, s---!" - although I'm sure it was under my breath. 

CorkScrew Gan looked up shocked and said, "Oh my!  You said the S-word!"   

My neighbor said she didn't hear it (it was under by breath after all), but suggested that if I said it, at least it wasn't that other word.

Then, rather than dropping it, Cork Screw Guy said, quite indignantly, "We don't permit profane language at Bed Bath and Beyond!"

Then my back bit me again, and I must have winced but didn't say anything.

Then, CorkScrew Guy repeated his admonition once again, even though I was suffering in silence.   I politely said that I'd heard him the first time, and my back bit me again.  He was yammering about something, perhaps his corkscrew, and when the wonderful sales clerk returned, explaining they were out of tree skirts.

But before leaving, I turned to Cork Screw Guy and told him that I was going home and had a blog to write.  Until I encountered him, I explained, I had no idea what I was going to write about.  And I thanked him profusely ( and not profanely) because he had just inspired me with a topic - him!  And how not to sell corkscrews!

Unprovoked public profanity is not my thing, but I'm rarely offended if someone utters a mild expletive if their back goes out, if they break a nail or stub a toe. So I took my profane language to the Marshall's on the first floor and found a beautiful tree skirt on sale, and a very short check out line.  Now that was a pleasant shopping experience!

 

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Patricia Kennedy
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Paul, there is a lot of sailor talk.  We're all a little into it in the office.

Dec 10, 2016 10:03 PM #7
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Kathy, my back is feeling better, and I do believe that a back bite is an excuse for the "S-word".

Dec 10, 2016 10:05 PM #8
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Good morning Patricia. What a story. I gues the cork screw guy was the star of his own film.

Dec 11, 2016 05:30 AM #9
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Sheila, you might say that! 

Dec 11, 2016 06:47 AM #10
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LOL. A good salesperson would have demonstrated the $199 cork screw's added value as a pain remedy by opening a bottle of wine with it and pouring you a glass.

Dec 11, 2016 07:22 AM #11
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Good morning Pat and thanks for the first laugh of the day!  I'll be smiling all day long.  

Debbie ~ 

Dec 11, 2016 07:24 AM #12
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Mitch, that would have been nice!  He had a bottle there, and it wasn't full.  Maybe someone else had a little nip!  This corkscrew put the cork back as well - which is what may add value to some people.  

Dec 11, 2016 08:13 AM #13
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Debbie, it's nice to know I'm providing laughs!  Thanks.

Dec 11, 2016 08:14 AM #14
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I hope the CorkScrew Guy reads this article, or perhaps it would be best if his boss reads it.

I'm sure your tree skirt is beautiful and I hope your back is better.  Happy Holidays!

Dec 11, 2016 09:54 AM #15
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Corkscrew Man was certainly NOT in the holiday spirit!  I'll bet he gets coal in his stocking.

Dec 11, 2016 10:01 AM #16
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LOL Patricia Kennedy I would venture to say if it was someone else that he said that to him there would have been quite a different response to his "no swear" policy. CorkScrew Guy needs to mind his own business. 

Dec 11, 2016 12:13 PM #17
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You ought to hear Eamon's girlfriend talk. She's a sailor!

Dec 11, 2016 04:55 PM #18
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Hi Patricia - wow I didn't know that Bed Bath and Beyond was so pure.  I better watch out.

Dec 11, 2016 06:23 PM #19
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Sounded like he was a pain in the A** and not a person to be selling anything to the public. I happened to have loved your post and anyone who's had back pain, especially SHARP pain has every right to expel an expletive. Of course, you could have said, "go screw yourself" to him, but you didn't. 

Dec 12, 2016 04:10 AM #20
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Norma, I did post this on the BB&B Facebook page.  And the tree skirt is beautiful.

Dec 13, 2016 06:58 AM #21
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Maureen, a lump of coal or a box of socks!

Dec 13, 2016 06:59 AM #22
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Janis, I find that sort of self-righteousness offensive.  If he were using profane language not under his breath, that's one thing.  But unless a customer is making a scene, give it a rest.

Dec 13, 2016 07:03 AM #23
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Jack, all of Eamon's girlfriends are sailors!  

OK, everyone!  Jack is my brother, and Eamon is my nephew.  He is a sailor, doing a lot of work as the captain on tall ships.  

Dec 13, 2016 07:06 AM #24
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Grant, your chances of getting caught are pretty slim. There was only one person in the entire store (other than Cork Screw Guy) to hear it.  And she was too busy helping people find stuff to hear my under-breath utterance.

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Gayle, that would have been a perfect thing to say, since "screw" is in he job description.

Dec 13, 2016 07:11 AM #26
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