ASHEVILLE- Goodwill on Patton Avenue reintroduced its’ newly renovated store to the public Wednesday, with a grand opening celebration.
But one Asheville man found nothing grand about the redesigned store.
“Grand Opening? More like grandma,” said Spencer Elliot, a 28-year-old West Asheville resident.
“Everything was old and used. I don’t get it. Just because you hang up a bunch of balloons doesn’t make anything grand. They should have called it a Balloon Opening.”
Elliot though explains not all was lost as he tried to make the best out of the trip to Goodwill.
“I had a pretty good time sucking the helium out of the balloons,” said Elliot.
“I would suck in the helium and then I would hide in the clothes racks. Then when the right person approached, I would jump out from the racks and scream, ‘welcome to Goodwill, where you can buy your stuff back that you threw away in the 90’s.’ It was totally a rad time.“
Elliot was asked to leave the store by management after deflating five balloons.
“It is not every day we get people to donate balloons,” said Steve Mitchell, Goodwill manager.
“We can’t have people destroying balloons, when we have no idea when people will donate balloons again.”
Mitchell also doesn’t understand Elliot’s helium fixation as the balloons were blown up by human air since no one had donated a helium canister.
“We only get helium and balloons, when clowns decide to retire,” said Mitchell.
“Thankfully we have plenty of people on staff, who are full of hot air, to fill the balloons with.”