I did go back to look at a riding mower. Employees knew nothing about them.
Speaking of veterans, the other day I realized it will be 50 years as of 3Dec2019 that I got my walking papers! Like my father said- Wouldn't give a nickel for another minute or a million dollars for the experience.
The few times, long in the past, I was in a Home Depot, no one ever seemed to know anything.
In Lowes now, anytime, anyone, I ask where something is, they either know, or go get someone that does know, the female staff included. And half the time I can't talk them out of showing me where it is. One time long ago I had to have a water pump, so tried HD, because it was closer, and I needed the pump the faster the better. Well, they had I think three different pumps, and just one of each model, and none would work for me. Even had to hunt them down on my own, because no one I asked knew where they were. So it was off to Lowes. Standard Lowes procedure, some guy walked me to them. They had I think 8 different model pumps, at least 2 of each model, and up to 5 for a couple. Immediately found what I was looking for, and that was the last time I was in a Home Depot.
Damn, I retired 31 March 1981. Wow. There are parts I wouldn't like to repeat, but some I would repeat in a heartbeat. Got some interesting memories out of it, that's for sure.