Every other day, it seems, I get a flyer in the mail from Sam’s Club for a “one day membership” pass – but you have to pay an extra 10 or 15% on your purchases if you chose to use this one day “pass”.
Our family has grown to the point where I thought buying some things bulk in would be a good idea. Saving money is good. I was also told Sam’s has a larger – not large, just larger than what it used to be – selection of organic food.
Well – after dropping Ce off at preschool I stopped at Sam’s club to check it out. I figured since they so ruthlessly solicit me by mail at home that it would not be an issue if I didn’t bring along the guest pass.
Little De and I strolled in to the mega beast of a store where we were promptly stopped by the vested senior working security at the door. The gate keeper insisted that no one shall pass without a membership card and ordered us over to member services.
I grab a cart to put De in and head over to member services where we were again accosted by the vested one.
“Ma’am! You can’t shop unless you have a membership!”
I don’t know if she’s yelling at me because she’s upset or because of her hearing loss.
Either way – I assure her that I’m only using the cart to transport the runaway toddler and we’re heading right over to member services.
I’m surprised we were not escorted there by the other onlooking vested people.
So I go to member services where I start to wonder if there is a minimum age for workers at Sam’s club. I politely tell the woman that I did not bring along one of the thousands of invitations sent to me and wondered if we could be guest shoppers for a day anyway.
How dare I.
Seriously – “we don’t just have those passes sitting around up here. If you didn’t bring it you can’t shop unless you purchase a membership.”
Wow. Um, OK – well my husband mentioned something about his company having a membership.
“Well, what’s his name?”
“Well, he wouldn’t be on the membership since he just started the job.”
“Well he’d HAVE to be on the membership to use the membership.”
“OK, nevermind,” I’m starting to get highly annoyed at this point, “how much are your family memberships?”
She starts to run down a list of options for business memberships for me – which I told her I didn’t need. She then starts the hard sales pitch on the $100 per year membership.
I told her I just wanted to know the basic membership price.
“It’s $40 – but only two people can use it.”
Great – so I ask if we can just look around the store to see if it’s worth it – if we’d even buy enough crap to make up for the $40 annual fee.
“Go ahead, but you can’t buy nothin’ without a membership.”
The hostility was a bit too much for me.
My mind was already made up at that point – but we took a quick look around anyway.
It seriously amazes me the people that are allowed to work in customer services/sales positions.
I shan’t purchase a Sam’s Club membership anytime soon – ok, ever. I had no idea how exclusive the club really was. Maybe I should start selling my countless mail invitations on ebay! I’ve probably been blacklisted by the vested ones.