A Picture is Worth $29.22
Recently I have been enlarging the width of our driveway with black 16x16 pavers. I have been doing it on the sly, because Cynthia, the local HOA queen probably would say it is against regulations. The thing is, last fall, the HOA gave us a new driveway. Yes, the old one was cracked and a bit of an eyesore, but it was just fine with me.
The new driveway is at least 16 inches narrower than the original driveway. You can not get in or out of the car without walking on the grass (sometimes mud.) It is difficult to enter the driveway without running over the curb and onto some of the grass, which creates the aforementioned sometimes mud.
So, I am taking matters into my own hands and enlarging the driveway with the pavers. If the HOA objects, there will be a war. The pavers are not permanent. I am doing the job on the sly because I am non-confrontational, however, If the HOA wants to redo my driveway to its original width, I will not object.
Anyway, we purchased 6 pavers at Lowes. There is no price marked on each paver at Lowes, so Mrs. C took a picture of the description and the price to show the cashier and save the time of a “price check.” Mrs. C is smart that way.
A few days later we realized that we needed three more pavers. I was sent to Lowes to buy them with instructions to remember the picture trick again. I loaded up the pavers and snapped a picture of the price.
They were $8.75 a paver.
That seemed high to me. I double checked. On one shelf were the 16x16 pavers and a price 3.88 with an arrow to the pavers. On the same price indicator was an arrow pointing down to larger pavers which cost 8.75 each. I had taken a picture of the wrong paver price. My pavers were $3.88.
No harm no foul, I re-took the picture of the correct paver price. The cashier thanked me for being so smart to take the picture. I advised her that my wife was the smart one who told me to be sure to get a picture.
When I got home, I told Mrs. C that the cashier thanked me for being smart with the picture taking and I gave her credit for the idea. I then told her how I almost screwed up and took the wrong picture.
“Fortunately, I caught my error or I would have been charged $3.87 too much for each paver.”
“Wait, how much were the pavers?”
“We paid $8.75 each for the others we bought.”
“I must have done what you almost did and the cashier did not catch the error.”
“I could go back and try to explain, they might believe me and refund the money…naw…it is worth $29.22 to finally have something to hold over on you.”
“So, now I am the jerk?”
“Only until the next time I do something stupid.”
I take some delight in Mrs. C’s mistake. Is that wrong?