Oldster's View

Fight Against Maturity

Fill ‘er up?

The sequence of events happens dozens of times every day at the BP gas station/convenience store at U.S. 19 at Nursery Road.

An unsuspecting customer pulls up to the drive-through window. But instead of a store clerk, up pops two paws, deep brown eyes and the tongue-flapping grin of a happy chocolate Labrador retriever named Cody.

Kids in the back seats of minivans often squeal with joy.

Even the usually stony faces of gruff construction worker-types can't help but crack a smile under the dog's unpretentious greeting.

“He hears the bell and goes running. When he pops up, that sets it off,” said Karim Mansour, the store's and dog's owner. “Uncontrollable giggling.”

More at St. Petersburg Times.

November 25, 2009 Posted by | animals, cool stuff, dogs, Fun stuff, retail | | Comments Off on Fill ‘er up?


Begging for change

Shops in a Chinese city say they are so short of coins they have to get change from beggars. Stores in Kunming city complain banks don’t provide them with enough coins to maintain their businesses.

“Each month, a single shop needs around 2,000 yuan in coins, but the banks always say they don’t have coins,” says Ms Chen of Yinwang stationery.

She says many retailers have had to resort to asking beggars to change money.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | People, retail | 1 Comment

Wonder if it comes in a fifty-five gallon drum?

The Honolulu Advertiser

Costco Wholesale Corp. has applied to sell its own brand of beer, according to Bloomberg News.

The Kirkland Signature label applications for pale ale, amber ale, hefeweizen and a lager were approved last week by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Bloomberg reported Costco already offers Kirkland Signature wines and is one of the top sellers of wine in the U.S.

February 2, 2008 Posted by | retail | 1 Comment

Wait a minute…in favor of the customer??

Weights And Measures

More than a third South Florida’s gas station pumps have failed the state’s accuracy test in the past three years. An analysis of state inspections reveals that slightly more than half of the broken pumps err in favor of the consumer. The state inspects all pumps every 12-18 months.

October 22, 2007 Posted by | retail | Comments Off on Wait a minute…in favor of the customer??