I was looking in our local branch of a famous ‘wholesale clothing’ store for a pair of basic bootcut jeans this morning and was perplexed to find an entire shelving aisle sporting just the one size – despite labels on the shelves giving the full range as being in stock.
The size available to buy (but which I didn’t want – not my size) was 16short … they only had *16short* in stock? Really?
I assume that either a part-time shelf filler could not be arsed to go back to the store room and get a range of sizes or else the manager was anticipating a stampede of hobbits through the store at any moment.
I did mention the anomaly to a girl on the check out wearing an ‘Assistant Manager’ label and was treated to one those ‘don’t know and don’t give a damn replies’ – accompanied by one of those ‘challenging/bored’ stares. It which rather explained the whole crux of the problem.