¿Para Español?

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Gotta love the U-Scans at the store.


I stumbled upon something quite funny Sunday at the store that I figured I'd share with you. 

I always use the U-Scan for checkout, because it's faster.  When you start, it always asks if you want English or Spanish.  Every now and then, I opt for Spanish, just for fun.  Sunday, I had a bunch of bottle return slips after spending a half hour returning 350 bottles and cans from the winter.  Bottle slips require employee assistance.  Everything is in Spanish at this point, which is where the comedy began as the young male employee with the already blank stare approached and saw a screen reading "Ayuda de gerente requerida."


My quick response of "I need a little help, por favor" was less than well received.  The entertainment cost about five minutes of my time as the guy fumbled through screens while I annoyingly repeated some of the phrases that came up.

"Umm... gee.  I think I need a--"
"Por favor entre en la contraseña, dude."

Eventually a manager had to come over and even she began laughing at what I had created.  So the next time you want a cheap laugh, hit the Spanish button when you're buying booze or pseudoephedrine-- anything that needs store approval.

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  • by Don Fedewa Location: Bath on May 4, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    Dave and the news crew--would appreciate it if you would use the correct term for the "swine flu". It should be called H1N1 in order to avoid the misunderstanding that this illness is carried by swine, Use of the term "swine flu" is hurting the swine industry, both producers and consumers. Thank you
  • by kaci Location: headed to the store on Apr 8, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    i am SOO doing this the next time i uscan!!
  • by Tammy on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    Hilarious! You know you need your head examined right?
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