Subject: Factory Card Outlet by Sam's Club
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I had an interesting situation with the Factory Card Outlet over the weekend that I wanted to share with others. I really bothered me and if you feel the same way, I hope you will pass this story along.
My daughter is on the Rock Bridge softball team, and they try to do some community service work when possible. Today they are going to the VA Hospital for a belated Valentine's Day visit. The coach asked that they each bring as many valentine cards as possible. This had the potential to be a bit expensive, since you can't really take a box of 40 Power Ranger cards. . . . so on Saturday, February 16, Abby and I went out to look for cards at the Factory Card Outlet over by Sam's Club. I thought I might be able to buy several at a reasonable price.
There was no sign indicating any discount on the Valentine card display, so I asked a clerk if they were on sale. She said they weren't, so I explained I was buying cards to take to the VA and asked if they would make me a deal if I bought a large number. She sent me to talk to the manager. The manager laughed and told me they wouldn't discount them. As I was talking to him at the counter, another clerk was systematically busting already-blown-up Valentine balloons with scissors and throwing them away. So I asked if they would consider donating these balloons to the veterans instead of throwing them away. He said, No, we have to destroy them. I told him that didn't make any sense to me, since they were already blown up and they obviously weren't going to sell them and were throwing them away. Wouldn't it be nice to donate them to a worthy cause? He again said no, they had to destroy them. He made some comments about bar coding, and anything leaving the store had to be bar coded out, and it was easier to bar code things that were flat and so on. Eventually he told me I could call bac