I think I've discovered my own hell-on-earth....Babies-R-Us.
What started out as a simple trip to buy 2 baby gates for our stairs and several gifts for a friend ended with my running out of the store, swearing never to return again. It was a combination of factors that made my trip a traumatic experience. Just say that no aisle numbers, an overwhelming variety of the same item(who knew there were 10 different types of baby thermometers?), and I had a heck of a time finding a sales associate to help me out. Let's not forget an entire store of pregnant women, hormones flowing full force, who stood, with their carts, strollers, and kids, in front of every display I was trying to view. Then they looked shocked when I politely asked them multiple times if I could squeeze in to get something.
The kicker was that I left without the darn baby gates. After weeding through 20 or so types, I finally found ones that would work for our stairs. I thought they were $39.99 each, which seemed like an incredible deal, given that most of the others were more expensive. Guess what? They were $79.99 each when I checked out at the register. At that point I just couldn't deal with going back to the gate section, so I left them at the checkout. I then promptly drove home and made myself a nice gin and tonic. Guess I'll have to get gates at some point. My vote is for Craigslist :-)