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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Capitalism, Not Cashiers

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM

I sympathize—you thought you were going to get your children some toys. Your children, doubtless, deserve toys. The thing is, when it turned out you'd misread the price, there's nothing a cashier can do about it—the "scanning code of practice" protects you from mislabeling, not misreading. So, you were essentially asking the cashier to break the rules for you. I think she should have, but, let's face it, she's almost certainly been subject to decades of capitalist ideological indoctrination that your tantrum in no way addressed. I think you missed a wonderful teaching moment to say, "Look kids, Galen Weston Jr. rakes in billions of dollars denying toys to children over a measly twenty bucks. This is how a society based on wage labour and commodity production devalues real human beings. And this poor, underpaid cashier is expected to run damage control for the bourgeoisie!" Instead, you acted like a jerk. Don't be a jerk, we're all in this together. —Woblaws

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