I visited a small locally owned pool store during my lunch break. I parked my truck next to their slimy green display pool which literally has larvae floating on top and mosquitos swarming over it! I would have taken a picture to post on here had I not walked out and left my phone in my office.
I went to the counter and purchased a tube of O ring lubricant. (That will probably be the only $5.00 they get from me for a year or two.)
While I was waiting for the clerk to go to the back and get some change for me I overheard a desperate lady talking to the store owner who had just tested her water. He said her numbers looked good except the ph was 7.6 and should never, ever be above 7.5.
Of course he added a bottle of something to "fix" that in the cardboard box full of chemicals she was about to buy. I just smiled politely, bit my tongue and kept my mouth shut. She explained to him that she took the cover off her pool on March 1st has already spent close to $800.00 in his store since then, but the water is still very cloudy and green. She said her grandson cried all weekend because he couldn't go swimming. He actually told her the high ph had to be the reason her pool wouldn't clear up! The clerk returned with my change at that point so I thanked her and walked out. I felt really bad for that lady. The following questions were on my mind as I drove back to work:
1. Why would anyone in their right mind trust the advice of a pool store owner who can't even keep a tiny display pool clean and clear?
2. Is the guy that ignorant about pool care, or just totally dishonest?
3. Why didn't I tell her about TFP and urge her to slowly back away from the counter and run before she got ripped off again???!!!