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<<Well, consider this. I bought a case of light bulbs at Home Depot. It was 3 across and 4 down. The cashier counted 1,2,3,4,... etc, instead of just multiplying 3 by 4. She came up with 11, and that is what I paid for.

That's what Home Depot deserves for hiring somebody that stupid.>>

What's the matter...couldn't you count? What goes around comes around, and knowingly walking out of that store with more than you paid for is stealing.

"What goes around comes around" is a kind of principle of poetic justice. Things don't always actually work out that way ... but when they do, you have poetic justice.

In this case I think I agree with the idea that a different principle of poetic justice was in play; Home Depot hired a person who couldn't count in order to tally up your bill when you left the store with goods that Home Depot was selling. This is a case where the "Seller beware" principle kicks in: HD should beware when it comes to hiring their cashiers.

This also relates to another thread: the one about using calculators instead of applying obvious and intuitive math. Perhaps some stores (but not HD) actually encourage (or even REQUIRE) the use of calculators. Here, the calculation would have been 3 x 4 = 12, and there would have been no opening for a mistake in counting.

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