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BOTD 7/4/13 "Joshua And The Soda Wall" A John Boy Production

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David M. Katz


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JOSHUA AND THE SODA WALL
A John Boy Production


It is grocery shopping day and the family (You, your spouse, daughter and twelve year old son, Joshua) are at the local grocery store.  Joshua is handling and touching everything.  Finally you tell Joshua to not touch another thing.


JOSHUA - 12 (Can't keep his hands off of the merchandise)
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You are checking out.  Your spouse and daughter are headed to the car and you and Joshua are in the checkout queue waiting to pay.  The store is having a special on large boxes of soda and there is a display by the checkout of boxed soda.  The display is stacked very high.  You are interacting with the cashier and you hear a loud noise.  A box of sodas has fallen off of the top of the display and broken open.  Joshua admits he was "looking" at the sodas but it was an "accident."  You bark at Joshua to go wait for you in the car.  You offer to pay for the damaged soda but the cashier tells you not to worry about it since it was just an accident.

What happens with Joshua?


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Iconoclast


Trailboss
The soda was stacked too high in the hopes of attracting the attention of a customer. It worked, so Josh gets a pass!

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AFinch


Sherrif
I guess the situation isn't clear to me.

I don't understand how a single box can fall from the top of a display which is "stacked very high".  I also don't understand how "looking" at the display could cause an item to fall, unless one is Harry Potter or some other denizen of Hogwarts Academy.

In today's retail climate (growing up, "you broke it, you bought it" signs were something I saw in NYC, but never here.  Now they're everywhere), the cashier's giving this a pass would indicate he/she believed the display was improperly stacked too.

I'm going to remind Josh that we look with our eyes, not our hands.  He's already been embarrassed by having the box fall, and being sent to the car with, in his mind, everyone knowing "he's in trouble".   I might punctuate the discussion with a few stingoors, but no real spanking.

Rather reminds me of this scenario:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3pzeYNNEJ8



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John Boy


Sherrif
Lets just say the cashier in this story is a fan of You break it you buy it, but also knows 99% of the people act like it didn't happen even when it is their fault.

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Stone Man


Marshall
If the cashier can accept it as an accident, than so can I since I didn't actually see Joshua doing anything with/to the display.

I told my kids. grands and other children I'm supervising they need to put their hands in their pockets, keep them there and only touch things with their eyes.... And YES, they do know what I mean.

kalico


Sherrif
Im with stone man....my kids know the same thing!!!

scratch  wondering why if I was already getting after Joshua, then why didn't I  have him go to the car with the other two......I guess because I didn't see anything he will get a free pass this time but next time I will have to pay more attention.



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1strappedboy


Sherrif
I rather like Doc's take on this and shall therefore echo him.

Kittykat


Deputy
I'm with everyone else, and sadly, at least where I work, you can't make a customer pay for something they or their kid breaks.

ivor


Marshall
As the sodas didn't actually go pop then Pop won't make his paddle go pop on Joshua's butt  Smile

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MemoryMan


Sherrif
Assuming its a modern day scenario I'm going to spank Josh for skipping out of the way of the falling box, thus depriving me of the chance to sue the store for having a dangerously high stack that caused injury to my son.Crying or Very sad

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David M. Katz


Marshall
MemoryMan wrote:Assuming its a modern day scenario I'm going to spank Josh for skipping out of the way of the falling box, thus depriving me of the chance to sue the store for having a dangerously high stack that caused injury to my son.Crying or Very sad

Maybe there is still time for him to trip in the parking lot? Twisted Evil  Razz

And there is also the emotional trauma of nearly being killed by a falling box of sodas. I am certain the boy is scarred for life. Twisted Evil  Embarassed 



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David M. Katz


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Ah, the many things in the grocery to attract a 12 year old's attention.

Did he want to come on this shopping trip? It might have been better to let him hang at home while we restocked the pantry. (Stop looking shocked, he's 12, it is OK for a little while.)

When Josh was doing the "natural" thing and exploring the merchandise, I should have sent him to the car or given him a bag of dried apples or peaches to keep his hands busy. (Kids love 'em and I have tried this trick many times.)

But, I told him to NOT TOUCH and, at 12, regardless, he is old enough to follow that instruction despite the many tempting distractions. Yes, it is the store's / vendor's fault for stacking the stuff too high but Josh should not have been "looking."

I will forgo the spanking but the discussion of how it could have been avoided and the importance of doing as you are told needs to happen. Aw, cute kid - maybe a couple of stingors. Twisted Evil 


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David M. Katz wrote:
And there is also the emotional trauma of nearly being killed by a falling box of sodas.  I am certain the boy is scarred for life.  Twisted Evil  Embarassed 

Never thought of that. Twisted Evil Laughing Laughing

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Jack


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I'm guessing that this isn't a regular occurrence with him - otherwise I have to ask why I took him to the store in the first place. Then I have to ask why I'm being concerned about him touching things (he's not being destructive or asking me to buy everything he sees, is he?).

In this case, he's 12 years old, and it looks like he disobeyed a direct order. I'll wait until we get home, then he and I will go to his room and I'll give him a chance to explain to me how his 'looking' managed to knock something over. I really feel like I should have either left him at home or sent him out front to wait if he couldn't behave, but I also feel like he needs to learn to settle down and behave, so he's probably going to get at least a few smacks out of this.

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Pi Beta


Deputy
It's getting increasingly difficult to find such an old-fashioned product as washing soda here - please, what store is it stocked in?

All I can find is expensive proprietory cleaning materials that don't work nearly as well as soda for cleaning.

Kat


Editor Extraordinaire
Pi Beta wrote:It's getting increasingly difficult to find such an old-fashioned product as washing soda here - please, what store is it stocked in?

All I can find is expensive proprietory cleaning materials that don't work nearly as well as soda for cleaning.

In this context, "soda" mean a carbonated soft drink, such as Coca-Cola, sold in 12 oz cans, which are packaged in boxes.

I can't see any point in punishing Joshua unless he is clearly at fault. This sort of accident could just as easily have happened to me as a result of the unstable nature of the display. I've offered to pay for the damaged product and the store representative declined the offer; therefore, I consider the matter closed.

Had Joshua been clearly at fault and the merchandise needed to be paid for, I would have made him make restitution, as well as apologize.

Kat

ivor


Marshall
Pi Beta wrote:It's getting increasingly difficult to find such an old-fashioned product as washing soda here - please, what store is it stocked in?

All I can find is expensive proprietory cleaning materials that don't work nearly as well as soda for cleaning.


Try Sainsburys - that's where I get mine. Smile 

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squarecutter


Sherrif
He's 12. He's too old to this kind of thing. He disobeyed and he's getting spanked

John Boy


Sherrif
OK answer time
Spoiler:
JB was cashiering Mon. This family came in, and they seemed pretty calm. When they got ready to check out, Mom and the girl about 4 or 5 stand near the door. I start ringing up dad when I hear a crash sound. I jump, and his dad and I both look and see a 12 pack of Coca-Cola on floor with a few cans on the floor. the boy about 12 or 13 comes around to where my register is at on the other side of the shelf and display and goes, "It was an accident." Dad goes, "I guess we are paying for this too." I ring up the 12 pack the kid keeps insisting it was an accident. Dad finally says, (Under his breath) "Go wait in the car."

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1strappedboy


Sherrif
Having read the 'real' scenario, my guess is that young fella is likely in for a few difficult moments with dad when he gets home.

It would really depend upon the level of 'help' he gave to the display in its falling over. I had worked grocery when I was a freshman in college (night shift stocking) and had built my share of displays with varying degrees of stability. If this display was well built it argues that it required more than 'just looking' to topple it and therefore I'd be inclined to be harder on him than I'd otherwise be.

Katz, let me recommend the firm of Dewey, Cheetem, and Howe for that emotional injury suit!Razz 

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