Are You Smarter Than a 7th Grader? Not a Requirement if You Work at JC Penney

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Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Life Lessons, Shopping | Posted on 22-12-2011

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You know the store clerks and cashiers that circle the URL on your receipt where the survey is located? And write their names with a giant smiley face? And they ask you to please give them high marks on the survey for being so helpful during your check-out process?

Well, smiley-face-on-the-receipt-Heather at JC Penney is not going to get high marks from me. I’ll probably not even fill out the survey, because who gives someone low marks during the holiday shopping season?

Yet, this smiley-face-on the-receipt-Heather, who checked us out at JC Penney was pretty annoying. And dumb.

First of all, we are returning an ugly sweater I bought on a whim. But that’s a whole other story about me lacking fashion sense.

Second of all, smiley-face-on-the-receipt-Heather asks my twelve-year-old son (who is with me as a witness that I am returning said ugly sweater) how old he is and wow, does he look older than his age. She guesses fifteen. (He is twelve.) Was she flirting with him in front of me?? Then she asked for him to guess how old she is. He guesses twenty. Turns out she is twenty-one-years-old. (Why did we carry on with this stupid banter? Probably because we are nice people. And it’s the Christmas season.)

Finally, she says, “Put your John Hancock right here. I don’t even know what that means. I just say it because it sounds cute.”

You don’t know what that means??? Hellooooo! John Hancock was the President of the Second Continental Congress and the first delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence. His signature was bold and big. His fanciful signature and his open demonstration of patriotism became second only to George Washington as a symbol of America’s struggle for independence.

My twelve-year-old knows this. And he also knows that smiley-face-on-the-receipt-Heather was flirting with him. Double ewwww.

Well, it sure made for interesting conversation on our drive home.

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