Disposable Rob: I have know idea how widespread they are nation-wide, but I'm seeing these things everywhere on the east coast now. Something like 100-150 flavor combos, depending upon set-up.[farm3.static.flickr.com image 620x330]
un4gvn666: No, I was talking about the debate over whether she was doing him a favor.
alltim: I spent a few years as a retail manager. The dude should have accepted the "favor" that the supervisor offered him and then snitched on them through the corporate website. Shiat would have started rolling downhill at the store and he would have won a cowardly but decisive victory.
the opposite of charity is justice: Never understood price matching. My time is worth more than arguing with a minimum wageslave over the matter.
Sybarite: I generally find that if a store isn't doing what I wantthey promise to do in their ads the best policy is to act like total dick.
hp6sa: I don't get it. Why wouldn't he just go to Walgreens and purchase his beloved soda there? Is it really worth the time and effort to go to Walmart to ask for a dollar (or whatever) back?
Disposable Rob: Yes please: This guy seems especially douchey, even by Consumerist standards.I was just thinking that he's probably the average Consumerist submitter, but he's being much more honest about his entitled assholishness.
arobb00: For those who didn't seem to read the article and are saying, for one, why didn't he just go to Walgreens or someplace else - great job showing your lack of reading comprehension. He stated that this (admittedly nasty) flavor is hard to find and that he has to drive to the Wal-Mart to get it. Second, the way he described the encounter with the clerk's supervisor sounded a bit hostile on the supervisor's part - where she said "I don't care what the website says...". That is called confrontational language; at that point I would have felt provoked as well - remember this is transpiring in front of other people so she is now embarrassing the customer. I am betting a lot of you would have snapped a bit too - he used more restraint than I would have by only using the word "shiat". Thirdly to the one(s) who said "he got his discount, why did he keep griping?" - because the manager stood there and gave him a horse-crap spiel about how she was basically doing him a favor blah blah. They were still being confrontational. Per company policy they were all wrong yet would not admit it. Lastly, all of you biatching about the dude instead of the personnel of that store's handling of this - you'd be first in line to go thermonuclear if the same thing played out for you./yes weirdos shop at Wal-Mart//yes vanilla diet-coke will probably kill the guy in a couple years///he was still right and the store was wrong.
un4gvn666: I must be missing something. I have no problem with what the guy did. The Walmart supervisor was being a complete retard.Can Fark explain to me why I should dislike this man?
Cluckity: un4gvn666: No, I was talking about the debate over whether she was doing him a favor.That still seems exceedingly petty to me. I am not a rich man, but I have to admit I'll look down on anyone who goes to the bother of price matching debates over some soda in the first place.
Elzar: Jesus - Vanilla Diet Pepsi - this dude is going to get the ass cancer...
meanmutton: That is likely part of the reason you're not a rich man.
FuryOfFirestorm: Cythraul: Cythraul: The Crepes of Wrath: Cythraul: I wish I could find vanilla coke regularly. I love that stuff.1) Buy regular Coke.2) Buy imitation vanilla extract (real extract doesn't give the same taste)3) Mix approx 1 tsp of vanilla per 12 oz of Coke4) EnjoyI've done that before, and while the end product is okay, it's not quite the same. Maybe it's a placebo effect.Actually, it wouldn't be a placebo effect, since I know what it is I'm drinking. Something on a subconscious level, at least.Actually. it's kind of like an anti-placebo effect. A placebo is a fake drug that works because you think it will work. The fake Vanilla Coke doesn't taste like real Vanilla Coke because you know it's not the real deal.
HotWingConspiracy: FuryOfFirestorm: Cythraul: I wish I could find vanilla coke regularly. I love that stuff.Vanilla Coke is the only Coke I like. Otherwise, it's Pepsi all the way.(There was a Vanilla Pepsi a while back, but now I can't find it, nor the Cherry Vanilla Pepsi Jazz. At least I'll always Vanilla Coke Zero to ease the pain)[www.totaldrinks.co.uk image 300x300]Put that in yer Pepsi and....drink it.
ReapTheChaos: First off, why doesn't he just buy it at Walgreens? Second, if you need to haggle over 25 cents on a 12 pack of soda then perhaps you shouldn't be drinking so much soda.
Cluckity: meanmutton: That is likely part of the reason you're not a rich man.Maybe. I've been very close to a few wealthy people, and none of them did it slowly and none of them did it through saving. They took very expensive, calculated risks that paid off or they got it from mom and dad. (or some combination of those 2)Those are the only 2 ways I've seen to get rich, and the first one results in bankruptcy way more often than wealth.
Cluckity: un4gvn666: I can sort of understand this, but the store is pretty blatantly violating the corporate policy. Letting the supervisor think they're doing you a favor by not violating corporate policy wouldn't be OK with me either, I think.You don't think it's kind of a petty thing to get all worked up about? A debate over how serious the word 'shiat' is with a farking Walmart employee?
SBinRR: My solution for the customer after he becomes a pain in the ass:1. Honor the ad match.2. Tell my Pepsi guy to stop bringing in Diet Vanilla Pepsi.3. Sacrifice $10 a month in Diet Vanilla Pepsi sales for a little peace of mind.
HellRaisingHoosier: The customer didn't handle the situation well at all. Then again he IS a Wal-Mart shopper, so that's to be expected.Rule 1) Don't argue with the cashier if they don't agree with you. If you have a problem you speak to someone with authority.Rule 2) Under no circumstances should you raise your voice or use any derogatory language.Rule 3) If an employee of a stores requests you leave -- you leave immediately -- otherwise you are trespassing.The customer already stated at the beginning of the story that he waits for these things to come on sale. Here is what he should have done.Step 1) Ask the manager for their full name, title and the store number. If this doesn't freak them out into helping you, continue on.Step 2) Call Wal-Mart corporate, explain the situation in a calm manner, and give them the managers name/title/store#.Step 3) Sit back and enjoy all the free Pepsi you'll buy when they send you a bunch of FREE customer coupons for stuff.
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