Buoyed by her outstandingly advanced penmanship (she's great at drawing circles. But that's her entire repertoire) and her keen interest in toilets I thought it might be time to do a lackadaisacal bit of potty training. I figure since she still doesn't sleep through the night I am due for some easy with this kid and maybe easy and early potty training might be in our future. So we decided to buy a very simple, small and easily portable potty and see if she warms up to the idea of using it.
After being agast at all the potties on the market with bells, whistles, flashing lights and canned thunderous applause I finally located a suitably simple potty and discovered that the closest retailer was Babies R Us. So off we went to make the purchase. As the woman at the till rang my order up she said "This purchase qualifies for our buyer protection plan. Would you like to purchase a buyers protection plan?" I'm sure I looked at her as if she had an alien baby hatching out of her skull. "A warranty? For a plastic potty? Are you serious?!?!" To which she replied "Well it covers you for accidental damage." Now the American tendency to over consumerize everything always rankles me but this to me was the height of STOOPID. An extended warranty for a $20 plastic potty. I wonder how many people actually pay for it? I wonder how many other countries have such stupid grabs for extra cash by retailers?
I told the woman I would be interested in a warranty only if it guaranteed my kid would use the potty. She did not think I was funny.