Small victories


#1

Today for a change, I went into Sainsbury’s for the £3 meal deal. (This is where you get a sandwich, crisps/fruit and drink and the total price is rounded down to £3 in case you’re unaware of such things.)

I put it through the till. The total was £4.60 - I usually go for the most expensive items if I get the meal deal, for best value for my money. After pressing to finish and go on the self service till it should deduct the £1.60 and I pay £3. But it deducted the £1.60 twice.

Being honest, of course, I called over the assistant. We put the items through again. Same result.
So he called over his line manager. She said: “Head office knows about this problem. There’s nothing we can do about it. Just tell him to pay whatever it says.”

It’s a small victory with which to start the day but I’ll take it.


#2

Thanks for explaining what a meal deal is :joy::joy::joy: If I was anywhere near a sainsbos now I’d be in there to see if it was still going cheap.


#3

Was it a particular combination of items that caused this quirk?


#4

Hard to say but as Head Office knew about it already I assume that it’s any combination. Anyone near to a Sainsburys, or Holborn in particular, please try it and report back. I’ve informed my colleagues so I hope to have news soon of more bargain lunches.


#5

The problem is I don’t want to be left with a Sainsbury’s Meal Deal since they winnowed the range of available sandwiches.


#6

It’s a bit like getting on a bus in London and the card readers aren’t working so you save £1.50 on your journey. It’s not a big amount of money but the victory feels bigger. Probably due to every day feeling like a rip off.


#7

It’s a fair point.


#8

£1.50 isn’t anything. In the midlands you pay about £3 minimum to get anywhere. Noticed that London and Scottish buses are subsidised massively.

Victories: None.


#9

It true, when I went to Warwick I was appalled by how the w. Midlands buses operated on a far inferior timetable for twice the price of a london bus


#10

well having a sainsbos meal deal for dinner today


#11

Wow, I am appalled and amazed. Especially as we in London can now change to another bus within an hour of the first one without paying extra.

I’ll still regard it as a small victory when the card readers aren’t working, though. Anything free or cheaper when it’s their error is still better than paying full price.


#12

The cost of taking a bus from my small hometown 30mins from Cardiff into Cardiff cost more than getting the train from Cardiff to Bristol.


#13

Holborn Circus? At the top of Fetter Lane?


#14

Its so crazy, when I went to west wittering beach, the train from London to Chichester cost the same as the bus from Chichester to the beach, thought I had the deal of the year but the bus took that away from me


#15

Same! What’s your stance in open barriers? I still pay because I’m a chicken but if I was braver I would enjoy that


#16

Opposite Holborn Tube.


#17

I always use my card even when I know barriers at both ends will likely be open. It’ll be just my luck to find a row of revenue enforces accompanied by police when I get off at the other end.


#18

I caught a bus in Bristol a few years ago and the fare was like £4.50 for a single.

As someone who refuses to catch buses around Brum because it costs an extortionate £4.20 for a daysaver, I was fuming.

As for today’s small victory, I only got charged for 3 teas in the canteen, rather than 2 teas and a coffee. 5 pence to me!