The answers appeared obvious to me

On the left the Prima Official Star Wars Battlefront II Game Guide, on the right Simple Solution Cat Stain and Odor Remover.

After I took five boxes of rubbish to the recycling centre at our local Tesco, I popped next door to Pets at Home and PC World for a couple of essentials. In both places I was asked questions the answers to which appeared obvious to me.

Pets at Home

I handed over a bottle of Simple Solution Cat Stain and Odor Remover to the woman at the cash desk.

Me: This is great stuff!

Woman: “Really? What do you use it for, … cats?”

Me: [Pausing to stop myself saying something sarcastic.] “Yes. Cats.”

She’s now got me wondering, what other things can I use it for? Does she have recipes?

PC World

The only reason that I got any good at Star Wars Battlefront was because of the Prima Official Game Guide. So I reckoned that the appropriate guide for Star Wars Battlefront II might be similarly useful. So I popped next door (from Pets at Home) to PC World.

At the front of the queue I handed over the book to the woman at the till. She took it and scanned it.

Woman: Is this for home use?

Me: [Pausing to stop myself saying something sarcastic.] Yes. Home use.

How do much I wish that I could have said, “No. No, this is for the first Scottish Episcopal Church All-Clergy Star Wars Battlefront II Online Gaming Expo next month”! It could have been a taxable expense if there was such an event.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

4 thoughts on “The answers appeared obvious to me”

  1. You could run the Expo as an alternative event to the golf match at General Synod. I dare you to suggest it. Now, that would get some good press coverage- a room full of dog-collared vicars shouting, ‘Die you *%^$!’, at their computer screens. You could even market it as a stress-busting therapy for harassed pastors.

  2. Yeah, I’m not meaning to insult any shop assistants who may be reading this.

    What I didn’t say was that the Pets at Home assistant seemed pleased about my recommendation as she’d not heard before anybody’s feedback about the Pee-Cleaning-Up-Miracle-Fluid. And it truly is a wonder of science.

    I can imagine that there are times when working behind a till that you switch off from noticing what products you are scanning and asking money for; I guess it can become a bit repetitive and automatic.

    It just amused me that I was asked what appeared to be fairly obvious questions (to me!) in two stores next door to one another. And hey! it’s a blog, you’ve got to allow me some creative editing. 😉

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