I like to go to Goodwill for many reasons. Once I found a pair of pants I liked and wanted to see if they fit. So I went over to the dressing room area. There was a worker in a wheelchair and I asked if there were any available rooms. She pointed at one and I opened the door. Turns out that there was a mature woman inside getting dressed, and thankfully she was fully dressed. I said “Oops, sorry mamn!” and closed the door quickly. She seemed surprised and embarrassed.
I spoke to the manager and told her my experience and asked that someone else be given the responsibility of directing customers to the dressing rooms. I understand that the purpose of Goodwill is to give jobs to people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity, but that it could have been a disaster for everyone and embarrassing for the customer who was in that situation. She said she would talk to the employee. The reason I am sharing that here is that because sometimes good intentions aren’t enough. You also have to have the skills for whatever duties are assigned to you.
So I go to the register and it turns out that the person in front of me has a vase that has the wrong sales tag on it. It says $3.99 and the manager who is now working the register says that the real value of the vase is $19.99. She said that it was inlaid with gold, so that’s why it is so expensive. The couple talk to her and ask why it had the wrong price on it. She said that often people take the price from one object and put it on another object. She said if they wanted to buy it for the real $19.99 price then she could sell it to them. They declined. When she went away for a minute to take the vase back to the person who was labeling prices the couple among themselves that they didn’t believe someone did that and that they don’t like the way that Goodwill does business. I considered speaking up and saying something, but they probably wouldn’t have believed me either. So when the manager got back she finished ringing them up.
I put my two shirts on the counter and she rang it up. $13.26 she said. I gave her $15 and said to keep the change. I had been to other Goodwill’s where customers complained about the price. I am happy to give money to help those less fortunate than ourselves and never understand people who complain about giving.