LETTER: Lack of price tags makes shopping harder

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:47 am on Monday, December 12, 2011

Dear Editor,
This is a sad but true story.

I was at a local grocery store the other day doing my normal price comparison before buying anything. No big deal? Maybe not for you. I happen to be legally blind.

Who in this world decided that it was OK to not put the prices on each grocery item? Obviously someone with better sight than me. For years I have been content to pick up items and, holding my mighty magnifying glass, check and compare prices. Not any more. And, by the way, I do still wonder how many people this new law put out of work.

It’s always a challenge for me finding prices because often they are nowhere near the grocery item.

“Excuse me, ma’am,” the lady said to me. “But do you know where I can find a price on this bath tissue?”
“I believe it’s in aisle three,” I said. We were in aisle six.

“And while I’m questioning you,” she continued, “could you satisfy my curiosity as to why you’re down on your hands and knees with a magnifying glass? Are you CSI? Has the store been robbed?”

“Oh no, ma’am. I’m just trying to compare prices on toilet tissue. The one I use is down here and I can’t see the price from up there. I’ve been crawling for awhile. Guess the sign got kicked over to a different aisle or something.”

“Well, Merry Christmas,” she said and started on her way.

“Wait,” I called in utter panic. “Could you help me up before you leave?”

Life goes on. You gotta love progress.

Jan O’Berry

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