Dick’s Sporting Goods has been having their buy four get one free sales on mix and match ammo and so as I’m moving from place to place I keep checking to see if they have any of the S&B .380 ammo. Some will have a slot, some will have a box, most will not have any. Yesterday I happened upon a store which had (emphasis on the had) 14 boxes and asked the clerk to get them all for me. He had the nerve to pause instead of giving me the ammo and ask, “Why do you want all this ammo?” My first thoughts were because I want it, I can afford it, it is at a good price without the sale and the sale makes it even better. Finally I plainly stated because I want the ammo. Then he gives me the, “You know it is 9mm, don’t you?” To which I replied, no, it is .380. Then he starts to put the boxes back on the shelf. Now anyone who knows me know that was not how this was going to play out. I then went on to explain I was a pistol instructor and 9mm Browning Court is .380. It didn’t go downhill from there, but more misinformation followed from our friendly clerk.
A couple of observations, businesses should be thrilled when their shelves are emptied of merchandise. Sure it messes up the display, but it puts dollars in the cash registers and then creates additional demand. When people see a slot which is empty they immediately believe that is something they need and should have once it is restocked. If you work in a store or are the store owner, be glad I’m purchasing something and don’t worry your pretty little head about my motivations. I’m sure this older gentleman in Dick’s was trying to play sleuth in an effort to be sure nothing sinister was afoot, but with just a little thought he could have realized the .380 is not a gangster caliber and when the over 40 customer is dressed in a long sleeve shirt and slacks he’s not planning criminal activities. More likely he’s stocking up for the Zombie Apocalypse!