Return Mentality II
We live about 40 minutes outside of Wichita. There used to be two really nice nurserys/garden centers on the east edge of town. They both went broke last fall. Since I can't make myself drive an additional 30 minutes to the west side garden centers, I stopped at Lowes to pick up some veggie plants for our garden.
While browsing at Lowes, a very attractive & nicely dressed woman (approx. mid-30s) walked by and pointed at the sign on a table of annuals and asked a nearby stockboy "what are A-new-u-alls' ? Before he could respond, she pointed at the sign on a table of perennials and ask "what does Per-e-nails' mean? (no, she didn't have a foreign accent).
The stockboy was a lot more moxy than I would have been. He made no attempt to correct her pronunciation. He pointed to the 1st table and said "these flowers only bloom for a few months and then they die. These flowers (perennials) come back and bloom for several years". The woman looked flustered for a moment, then piped up with " Oh, No! They die that soon? If I keep my receipt, I can bring them back when they die, can't I?" He went back to stocking plants and never responded to her last query.