This week a 99 Cents Only store opened in Waco. As is the case with so many grand openings, there were specials, giveaways and media attention.
The big promotion: the first 9 people in line would get a 40" TV for just 99 cents. Great deal!
The Waco Trib ran a story about the opening and featured a picture of two guys from Fort Worth camped out on the sidewalk to be first in line when the store opened. They started camping out on Monday. The store opened Thursday.
That's three days for a $378 TV.
Here's KCEN: "I got here Monday about 10 or 11 p.m.," said Anthony Ruby, the first in line.
It's was a cold wait.
"I could feel it in my bones, my toes felt like popsicles," he said.
But it was worth it.
"I've been determined for over a month since I found out in December that they were doing these grand openings," said Ruby.
Think about what that guy could do if he applied his determination for a TV to something else.
Another woman said she just got approved for an apartment so she hopes to put the new TV there.
Channel 10 ran the story below. One guy who got a TV said he was there because he had the time to wait in line.
Why doesn't anybody ask these people the obvious question: what is it they do for a living that they can afford to sit around for three days or even several hours for a new TV? (KCEN did mention one person took vacation to sit in line for the TV)