164. Sales Tax
John had been saving his allowance for three
so that he could buy a telescope he
seen advertised in the newspaper. According to the
, the telescope cost $94,99. John also did some
jobs around the neighborhood where he lived. He
the neighbor's lawn and took another neighbor's dog
a walk. Finally he had 95 dollars.
John walked to the store. He had brought
him the advertisement, which he had cut out
the newspaper. He asked a salesperson in the
where he could find the telescope advertised. He
out the newspaper ad and showed it to
salesperson to make sure they took him to
right one. The salesperson showed John where the
were and together they looked for the one
wanted. It was called the Vega 600.
it!" John told the salesperson. The salesperson confirmed
the Vega 600 cost $94.99 and brought the
to the cash register so that John could
for it. John was so excited. He felt
jumping up and down. He had worked so
to get this.
"That will be $104.01," the
told John. "Did you advertise it as $94.99?"
asked angrily. He thought the salesperson was trying
take advantage of him. "Yes, it is, but
have to add sales tax. It's the law.
California the sales tax is 9.5 percent, "the
explained. "Why don't you just put the final
on advertisements and price tags then?" John asked. "
everything seems more expensive and people won't come
the store to buy," the salesperson explained. "Everything
more expensive!" John said angrily, walking out of
store without the telescope.