You know, re-reading this thread reminded me.....
I stopped by Wal*Mart a couple of months ago, on the way home from work, to buy some oil and a filter for the Jeep. I was minding my own business, walking into the store and happened to pass by the grills in the lawn & garden section. After all the automotive section is located at the same end of the store, and that was the most efficient entrance
. Under an awning in the back was a 36" charcoal GOSMS (Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Smoker). I have the 36" gas model, so I stopped to take a look. It was on sale, marked down from $98 to $80 and begging me to take it home. With much will power I passed and went inside to get the oil. While in the checkout line the manager for the L&G dept. walked by. So I asked how much they would be willing to take for the smoker. I sat my merchandise down on the counter and we went outside to look at it. The manager looked for a minute and said $40. I lingered for a moment, gave a puzzled look, and said I’ll give you $20 for it. The manager stated that $40’s the best I can do. Now, knowing that I didn’t need another smoker and that the wife would kill me if I brought another one home, I quietly head back inside to checkout. From behind me the dept. manager said, “Let me talk to my boss”. So we went inside and a phone call later, it was mine for $20.
Needless to say, when I got home and walked through the door, the first words out of my mouth were, “I’m sorry” and, “don’t be mad”. I suppose the only thing that kept me from a woopin’ that day was the “shopper” instinct in her couldn’t pass up a deal like that either.
So now I have 5 smokers and need to weed out a few. Got to make room for bigger, better things. Parting is such sweet sorrow.