Radio Shack Q and A

Do these guys at Radio Shack ever get on your nerves, asking you for a bunch of personal data when you’re just there to buy something as simple as a couple AA batteries? I think we should inconvenience these people as much as they do us. A while ago I was in Enid buying a printer cable adaptor and the guy asked me for my name.

“Ghosseindhatsghabyfaird-johnson” I replied

(blank look of confusion)

“How do you spell that?” he asked, obviously not wanting to know.

“With a hyphen” I clarified

“Once more?” he asked


“Could you please spell that?” he asked, glancing at the half dozen people waiting behind me.

“Oh… just like it sounds.” I said nonchalantly.

Putting down “Johnson”, he went on and asked about the address.

“Washburn, Wisconsin, 14701 N.E. Wachatanoobee Parkway, Complex 3, Building O, Appt. 1382b” I replied.

Almost through writing all this down, I said “Or did you mean current address?”

Stoping, he said (becoming irritated) “Yes. Current address.”

“Diluthian Heights, Mississippi, 1372 S. Tinatonabee Avenue, Building 14C, Suite 2, Box 138201.” I replied quite slowly.

Waiting until he finished I said “No, wait, it’s NORTH Tinatonabee Avenue.” Annoyed, he backed up and changed it.

“I think.” I interjected.

“And is all this correct?” he asked in a standard manner.

“Of course not.” I replied, leaving, “If you want my REAL name and address, look at the damned credit card receipt.”

A little mean, I must admit, but no jury would convict me… At least, none that had been to Radio Shack.