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sign full of mistakes at Sears

A friend of AOA took this picture with his cellphone camera yesterday at the Sears in Colonie. As he asked us in an email: "How many mistakes can you find in this sign?"

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Is that for real? I spot five mistakes. I feel proud about spotting the spelling errors--like I could be this person's fifth grade teacher in the crappy school this person went to to get this menial job. I am going to take an educated guess and go with Albany City School District, perhaps?

Hey, we all make mistakes. Life is hard without spell check.

This is hysterical! Just goes to show you, grammar and spelling are not requirements in the retail trade........

The sign is plagued with errors and yet its brilliant. Like much of Sears' merchandise it makes up in function what it lacks in form.

This precious nugget aside I doubt that retail as a whole has the market cornered on poor English skills...

And don't think this will be the last time you'll see spelling errors in public! Of course, last week, I thanked a clerk at CVS for not asking me if I had my CVS card "on me" rather than "with me," and he said he thought that both were correct, since "on me" was really a contraction, in his mind, for "on your person." I don't buy it! I don't wear my CVS card or my license, so I NEVER have it "on me," I have it WITH me.

I'm going to take a guess that President Bush made the sign.

Sears is in trouble. They were a noble institution.

This sign is a metaphor for their whole situation and would make a could epitaph.

hmmm...aside from the fact that bad spellers are educated everywhere (ask my manager--educated at a large suburban school district north of here--hint: begins with an "S" and ends with an "H" before graduating from college) I am always amused when folks find it so crazy that retail workers are a poorly educated lot. Last I checked, there were few MBAs signing up (no pun intended) for jobs that are wretchedly awful: low pay, irregular hours (which preclude most people from continuing an education) and little professional power or status. Like many other dead-end industries, retail is attracting many people who use English as a second language and who aren't above taking a job--any job--that will give them a toehold (albeit a meager one) in this country. That might explain a typo or two...or five.

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