Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Why my nieces call me Crystal Light
My sister has been hounding me to share this story with you. Why? Because she's my older sister and it's her right to embarrass me. Just like it's my right to embarrass my two younger sisters (those stories to come). Anyway, I'm going to make this short and sweet. That way it's less painful for me to type. So here it goes...
I love flavored water. Anything that can help me drink more water without it being a task is a friend in my book. So naturally I was ecstatic when I found (in the water bottle fridge) individual Crystal Light packets at the gas station one day. I thought it was the greatest invention in the whole world. And I was very impressed that the Crystal Light marketing team had come up with such a cool way to promote their product. From that day on it was common for me to grab a handful of the cute little packets that helped me achieve the recommended 8 glasses of water a day...Fast forward a couple months... I am standing at the counter of a gas station ready to pay for my gasoline and treats. I point to the objects that I am going to purchase and then wait for the grand total...
Man behind the counter: Are you also going to get those Crystal Light packets?
Crystal Light: Oh yeah, I am. But those are free.
Confused man behind the counter: Uhhh no, those are 39 cents.
Confused Crystal Light: They're not samples?
Annoyed man behind the counter: NO, they're not samples. They're 39 cents.
Mortified Crystal Light: Well, then I have stolen about 60 of these over the past few months!!!
So there you have it folks, I unknowingly robbed just about every gas station in Utah County. What I thought were genius product placement samples were actually just your everyday average product. And no, I haven't gone back to each gas station and paid them back. But I do give the countertop charity cans my extra change in hopes that I will be forgiven for my sins of stupidity.
So here is the question for today. What have you done that in hindsight was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY stupid?