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When i was little, I asked my mom if we could get the pretty stamps at the post office instead of the plain flag ones. She told me "No, they're more expensive." When I was in college I went to buy stamps and decided to splurge and get the pretty ones and so I asked the post office person how much they were. I went home and told my mom and I don't think I've ever seen her laugh so hard. Now i get the expensive stamps all the time.
Once, I was in the car, and my brother and my Dad were talking. We went past a shoprite, and my brother asked "Why not?". For a little bit, I thought Shoprite was called "Why not?".
when i was 5 my grandparents took me to my first yard sale and for a few years i said nothing but thougt it was strange. one saturday my grandfather said we were going to a few yardsales and i just couldnt hold it in anymore i asked "why do some people sell there yards but keep their house?" well they still laugh about it.
Whenever I would walk through the cosmetic section at a store my dad used to tell me that the women wearing the white coats (like at the Estee Lauder counter) dealt with toxic chemicals. His tactic worked, I stayed away for years.
When I was little, I used to be petrified of mannequins. I don't know why, but I have distinct memories of going through department stores with my mother and screaming bloody murder whenever we passed mannequins. I thought that they were real people who were paid to stand really still and grab children who were really bad in the department store and take them away from their parents.
I used to live next to a sattelite store when I was younger. They had a huge advertisement that said " We Do Dishes!" One day my mom and I were walking past it and I told her we should take them our dirty dishes and have them clean them instead of me and my siblings. She explained to me what it really meant and I was kind of upset because that meant I still had to do the dishes.
I still laugh to myslef everytime I pass that advertisement...
I used to believe that Old Navy would only allow elderly Navy veterans to shop there, and also I used to believe that Pep Boys Auto only sold to men! =)
i once went shopping with my mom. she told me that she was looking for a "teddy" meaning lingerie. i thought that she meant a teddy bear. I was confused to why when we were in the wrong section of the store....and then yelled, "mom this is not where you buy the teddy's!!" I embarrassed her!
just like every other stupid little kid when we went to the mall i refused to us the esclater. i would have my dad pick me up at the last second. to this day i take a large step off................you know just i case!
When I had to ride on escalators when I was little I would always get really nervous near the top or bottom. My big brother told me that little kids had gotten sucked down the grates and they would try to grab your ankles and make you live down there with them.
My frugal mother had me believing that if something wasn't ON SALE, it wasn't FOR SALE. This kept the nagging down until we realized the truth.
I used to belive that, when a store held a "liquidation sale", all the unsold stuff would be melted down.
When I was younger, I used to believe that the two quotation marks on each side of the R in Toys R Us were ponytails.
I used to believe that if you didn't jump as the escalator reached the top of the stairs it would catch your shoelaces and suck you under the stairs.
When my mom was little, she believed that they actually sold fleas at flea markets.
When I was little, I thought that people paid their employers to let them work. When my mom told me that people got paid to work, I was shocked.
Also, one time I asked my mom why anyone would shop at Fashion Bug because Fashion Bug plus had better cloths, hence the word "Plus."
I used to believe that there were lil people in vending machiens for the cokes and there were levels. the top level was the smart mini people who handeled the money and giving you change and all that. And then they would call the bottom level and tell them what the person wanted and they all wore there lil tool belts and construction hats and overalls and everything. and they would push the coke into the big hole thingy. and that is how the vending machines for cokes are.
when i was little, my mum told me that if i didnt jump at the top or bottom of an escalator i would gte sucked underneath. Even to this day i get off with a slight skip, just in case.
If things were out of place in the grocery store (i.e. candy in the pasta isle, etc) I thought it was free. I ended up taking a few things home.
When I was little we did a project in school about Van Gogh . I used to think that the van rental place was actually a shop owned by a man who was called Van Rental.