DEAR ABBY: Since it's the holiday season, your readers might enjoy the encounter I had with a last-minute holiday shopper years ago.
It was five minutes before closing time on Christmas Eve. I worked in the lingerie department of a major St. Louis department store. The regular employees were balancing and closing their cash registers, so I was the only seasonal employee left on the floor. As the closing announcement was sounding, my supervisor directed me to wait on a young man who had hurriedly entered the department.
To each of my questions regarding cost, size, style or color, his reply was, "Doesn't matter. Just one of everything that amounts to $200." I then selected panties, slip, nightgown and a negligee in medium sizes and neutral colors. After boxing the items and ringing up the sale, I wished him a happy holiday and hoped that his wife would like the gifts.
He replied: "Doesn't matter. She'll return them unopened; she just wants to see the sales receipt to see how much I spent on her."
Abby, the entire transaction took 15 minutes and gave me a humorous story to tell my waiting family. The gifts I received that year were praised to the skies and not one was returned. A lesson learned. -- SHIRLEY IN CAPE CORAL, FLA.
DEAR SHIRLEY: Thank you for sharing. More than a few people can benefit from that lesson.