I sometimes fancy that I can do things around the house. You know, manly stuff. Hang a storm door. Repair the fence. Oil the bike wheel. Fix the flapper dapper thingy in the toilet. Operate the corkscrew.
Living in an auto-free household as I do, but as part of a vehicle-dependent society, I do rent a vehicle several times a year. One of the convenient things about Home Depot at College Square was that I could hop out there right some fast on the #95, buy stuff, and then take it home using their rental van. The van rental is $20 plus gas. If I was lucky, I could get my load, take it home, take back the van (stopping for gas en route) and still get back home on the same transfer. Did I mention that I am cheap?
So I popped out to HD yesterday to pick up a storm door I ordered. Go to rent van. And promptly ran into a new policy that they only rent you the van if you already own a car. Not having the magic pink slip that shows my car is insured … they won’t rent me the van.
Back to service desk. We can fix that, cheerful lady at the service desk sez, we will deliver it for you! Sign here, only $60. Well, the credit card machine says $60 when I entered my pin code, but on the printed slip it bumped up to $67 (oops, harmonic vibrations fill the air here).
The new policy at Home Depot certainly changes the economics of shopping there. The cheap van was a real convenience, so I could do it. Now it seems much more like “we won’t help”.