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OneEyedMonster remindes us about the crap you can buy in pound shops: "Batteries that lasted about an hour and then died. A screwdriver with a loose handle so I couldn't turn the damn screw, and a tape measure which wasn't at all accurate."

Similarly, my neighbour bought a lawnmower from Argos that was so cheap the wheels didn't go round, it sort of skidded over the grass whilst gently back-combing it.

What's the cheapest, most useless crap you've bought?

(, Fri 4 Jan 2008, 7:26)
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mistaken identity in poundland!
All this talk of poundshops has suddenly made me recall... whilst as a student I worked for a high street chain (also mentioned in this thread) - I was sent down the road to the local poundshop to purchase some dusters or some other cheap tat (yay worked it into the qotw :-) - Whilst wondering round poundland looking for whatever it was I was approached by a shopper - probably confused by my 'uniform' who asked me where something was -

A quick reply from me in in one tired from a life of dealing with the public and seeing a way to get my own back with no comeback - was along the lines of "I'm far too busy to help the likes of you, why don't you naff off and shop somewhere else" before wondering off further into the store and then legging it.

Cheered me up no end but I did spend the rest of the day hoping she didnt come into my store! Always wonder if they got a complaint.
(, Tue 8 Jan 2008, 20:40, 1 reply)
mistaken identity
A similar thing happened to me once in a second hand book shop. Hovever instead of being recognised as an assistant, the owner of the shop mistook me to be a regular customer. Conversation begins and it is only after about five minutes that I realise he's thinking I'm someone else. But instead of me politely pointing out his mistake I assume this newfound alias and continue the conversation for another twenty minutes. Never went in the shop again, though often wonder if the man realised his mistake next time he saw the actual person.
(, Wed 9 Jan 2008, 0:45, closed)

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