Archive for August, 2009
Monday, August 31st, 2009
One of our readers shared a sweet candy story as her comment on one of my blogs. I thought I would share it with you:
I myself have a "smile about" story—when mom was in an "assisted living facility" I used to visit her daily. One of the residents "Freddie" looked for me religiously and would yell out "CANDY LADY"–here comes the "CANDY LADY"—he would continue until I would "sneak" him a piece of candy (it had to be chocolate).Then, of course, all of the residents came to look for some little treat when I came in.
This went on for a couple of years, then—Freddie passed away and at his wake, I slipped a piece of chocolate candy in his pocket–his family knew immediately who I was and told me how happy that little piece of chocolate made him.
"CANDY DOES A BODY & MIND GOOD!"
Friday, August 21st, 2009
In our monthly newsletter, I had asked our customers to share with us how they would describe our company and our products. Here are some funny "Candy Dish" stories sent by our customers:
Student at candy bowl with big grin: "Thanks for putting these out. I love coming here & getting these." And he took a single Tootsie Pop.
I had a conversation at the reference desk with one of our candy loyalists about the best kind of candy valentine hearts. He prefers Necco brand. And he confided a passion for Necco wafers, which I share. He said he wrote the company a letter when he was 12 telling them how much he liked them and they sent him back a bunch of candy. Now the best part: he wished me a happy valentine's day.
Moral of this story: good things can happen at the reference desk after 4:00 pm on Friday.
A young man, laden with two textbooks, lingered over the candy dish until I finally said "it's ok to take two". "Don't tell anybody" he grinned, picked out his two candies then said, sweetly, "Thank you for putting this out. It always makes my day." Ooooh I just love the candy dish.
Two students looking over the candy selection in the bowl:
Student 1: "They put chocolates out during finals week."
Student 2: "I know. It's the best. I can't wait!"
Monday, August 10th, 2009
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Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Remember fund raising candy? Those large boxes of M&Ms, Snickers and Reese’s Cups that kids sold for Little League, Cub Scouts or band trips? We sold those too. I’d get a couple of calls a day about them. This was one of the more unusual:
Me: Good afternoon, candy department…
Customer: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m the head of the math department at [a City of Atlanta middle school]. I’ve heard that you folks carry fund raising candy, and I was hoping to get some information about that.
Me: OK, well, we carry Snickers, M&Ms, Skittles, Reese’s Cups, and Kit Kats. They sell for a dollar a bar and come in a 30 count box, which we sell to you for $15.
Customer: So it’s a 50% profit for us, then?
Me: No, ma’am. It’s actually 100% profit.
Customer: I think you’re mistaken, young man. I’m pretty sure it’s 50% profit.
Me: You’re doubling your money, ma’am. That’s 100% profit.
Customer: Son, I’m in charge of the math department here at [school] and I think I understand percentages.
Me: Well, OK. But “50% profit” means that you get back half of what you put into it. Half of $15 is $7.50, so if it were 50% profit you’d get back $22.50, not $30.
Customer: Wait… what?
Me: And 100% profit would mean that you get back 100% of your original investment. In this case, you put in $15 and get $15 back in profit. That’s 100%.
Customer: Ummmmm… Yeah, I… well… Uhhh… I’m going to have to call you back…
Me: Have a good afternoon, ma’am.
[I hang up the phone]
Coworker: Glad my kids didn’t go to City of Atlanta schools!
Story was taken from The Jim Cofer Blog
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
“Bulk candy” is hard candy or gumballs that come in a giant box. Some candies, like starlight mints, are individually wrapped. Others, like gumballs or buttermints, are not. Bulk candies don’t come in individual 12oz. bags or what have you – it’s just a large box filled with loose candy. It’s mostly purchased by people who run candy stores or restaurant owners that give away mints with each meal. Although we frequently got calls asking if we carried bulk candy, we actually didn’t, because there simply wasn’t enough demand to make it a regular item in inventory.
One day, a call about bulk candy was put through to me. Keep in mind that the woman on the other end of the line had an obnoxious New York\New Jersey accent:
Me: Good afternoon, candy department…
Customer: [with obvious Yankee accent] Do you sell bulk candy?
Me: No, ma’am, we sure don’t, but if you call [local distributor] I’m sure they’d be able to help you out.
Customer: Thank you… Just out of curiosity, where are they located?
Me: They’re on Phil Niekro Parkway in Norcross, and…
Me: I’m sorry?
Customer: I can’t believe that YOU PEOPLE would name a street that! It’s not the 1950s anymore!
Me: Excuse me?
Customer: That’s disgraceful… naming a street Phil Negro Parkway… YOU PEOPLE should be ashamed! If they did that up where I’m from…
Me: It’s “Niekro”, ma’am… after Phil Niekro? The Hall of Fame pitcher for the Atlanta Braves?
Me: Phil Niekro. N-I-E-K-R-O. Had a mean knuckleball, ma’am.
Customer: [sheepishly] Oh. I’m sorry.
Story is taken from The Jim Cofer Blog
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
A woman in a grocery store happened upon a grandfather and his poorly-behaved 3-year-old grandson. It was obvious to her that Gramps has his hands full with the child screaming for candy in the candy aisle, cookies in the cookie aisle; same for fruit, cereal and soda in their respective aisles.
Meanwhile, Gramps was working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, ”Easy, Albert, we won’t be long—easy, boy.”
Another outburst, and she heard Gramps calmly say, “It’s okay, Albert, just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.”
At the checkout, the little terror was throwing items out of the cart, and Gramps again in a controlled voice was saying, “Albert, Albert, relax buddy, don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes; stay cool, Albert.”
Very impressed, the woman went outside where Gramps was loading his groceries and the boy into the car.
—“You know, sir, it’s none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don’t know how you did it. That whole time, you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. Albert is very lucky to have you as his grandpa.”
—“Thanks, lady,” said Gramps, “But, I’m Albert—the little boy’s name is Stevie.”
Source of this story is from Bits and Pieces