The odd wine shop visit
Last night I stopped at my favorite wine shop and bought a couple of bottles of wine to take to a BYOB restaurant. I had asked for a sauvignon blanc around $10, and the woman who helped me suggested one for $10.99. But when the cashier rang them up, the computer charged me $11.99 each. I pointed out the mistake, the guy went back and checked, and then he gave me the shelf price without argument.
No big deal, except the last time I bought a different bottle of wine at the same shop a couple of weeks ago -- that time out of the refrigerated case -- the same thing happened.
It's the kind of thing you might not notice if you were in a rush, and yet I can't think it was deliberate on the wine shop's part. Too penny ante for a place that lives or dies by keeping regular customers happy so they don't go to the discount places.
(Lloyd Fox/Sun photographer)