Two evenings a week I visit our closest "Lidl" supermarket. I was there again last night, stocking up on vital supplies. My trolley wasn't even half full so it was a bit of a surprise when the checkout lady announced that my bill was £90.79
"Hell! The cost of things really is going up isn't it?" I muttered.
Amongst other items, I had picked up two bottles of wine, a bottle of vintage English cider, four cans of IPA beer and some salmon so perhaps these more pricey items had pushed the bill up beyond normal expectations. That's what I was thinking as Clint whisked me home.
I put the shopping away and then marched down to the local pub to see my old mate Bert. It was only when I got home and plonked myself in this swivelling computer chair that I decided to check my till receipt. Nowadays many shoppers don't bother with till receipts but this little tale should act as a useful warning to them.
Everything on the till receipt seemed to be in order until I reached the very last item. I had bought a bag of cherry tomatoes priced most acceptably at £1.09. I had to do a double take at that point as the receipt indicated that I had bought not one but thirty five bags of cherry tomatoes - coming in at a colossal £38.15 (US$44.36)
In an instant it became very clear why my total bill had taken me aback earlier on Tuesday night.
This morning I drove back to "Lidl" with the bag of cherry tomatoes and my till receipt. The two members of staff I spoke with were most obliging and not for a single moment was there any suspicion that I might have actually put thirty five bags of cherry tomatoes in my trolley.
I was refunded but it bothers me slightly that no gesture was made in relation to my inconvenience and the unplanned drive back to "Lidl". A voucher for say £10 would have been a nice touch. Anyway, the moral of this story is: check your supermarket receipts - unless of course you happen to be a millionaire!