I went to SMC today and bought a DAB radio for Jean and a freeview box for the kitchen. DAB installation went well but had to go out again for batteries not supplied. The freeview box was another matter as I needed a scart cable (why didn't they remind me in the shop). Looked up in Argos catalogue - yup they stock them so I went around the corner and got one for £3.50. Installed freeview box but only one problem - the screen was green. Took the scart cable from the DVD and used it on the freeview box - bingo, it worked thus crap cable which I took back to Argos and queued up but hey was in wrong queue for a refund - silly me. Got my £3.50 back installed freeview box. Then picked up my newspaper for the first time and what did I read:
We all know that Dixons is a famously lousy retailer, more interested in selling you extended warranties than actual goods, but even it astonished a neighbour of mine this week.
He needed an indoor aerial for a television. He went into our local Dixons, saw a dozen on the shelf, and took one to the register.
The assistant tapped a number into the computer, and the following conversation took place:
Assistant: I'm afraid these are out of stock.
Customer (my friend): They're not, there's a big pile of them over there.
No, they're out of stock.
Well, can't I buy it anyway? Since it's here and we know how much it costs?
I'll have to ask the manager.
Manager (after pen tapping, sucked teeth, etc): I'm afraid these are out of stock.
Customer (trying to hold on to patience and last shreds of sanity): Look, over there, there's a dozen of them, on the shelf. Why can't I buy this?
Manager: Because it's out of stock.
Customer: I've got the exact money here. Why don't I put it on the counter, walk away with the aerial, and you can sort it out later?
Manager: I can't let you do that. You see, it's out of stock.
Did he get his aerial? Of course he didn't. Don't be daft.