I'm a sap. Flash a sincere smile and give me a free popsicle and I'm sold. I walked out of a grocery store on July 4 thinking that Hy-Vee was the happiest place in the world. I had the opposite experience the next day. My visit to a national bookstore chain outlet was an exercise in frustration. The store was out-of-stock on their advertised sale titles. Furthermore, the atmosphere was dismal. Maybe they should try handing out free popsicles.