Jewel-Osco and Dominick’s are the two main grocery store chains in the Chicago area, despite being owned by faceless non-local conglomerates. I rarely shop at these stores, thanks to Super Target, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. But I stopped in to Jewel over my lunch the other day to pick up a couple of things. I was looking for something in an aisle when a man started to approach me.
“Excuse me, sir?” he said.
“Yes?” I replied, figuring he’d ask if I needed help finding something like they always do at Target.
“Would you like to open a TCF Bank account right now? We have a location right in the store and we’ll give you $50…”
“I’m not interested,” I said, annoyed.
“$50… today. There’s no obligation! Just open an account and…”
“No thanks. I’m not interested.”
“If you change your mind, you can come visit us up at the front of the store. My name is Joe.”
“OK,” I said, flustered.
Yes, Jewel now has roving salespeople for its bank partner! This really, really annoyed me. A lot. In fact, it’s so annoying that I won’t go back to Jewel. Bye bye.
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