If your business is struggling, a lot of companies blame changing customer tastes, increased competition, and all sorts of factors beyond their control.
But you may have a hard time believing this. Men's Wearhouse -- a clothing store for men -- is now blaming superstitious women for its problems.
The retailer has been struggling with poor sales, and earlier this year fired its founder, George Zimmer.
But it's not blaming past or current management for its sales slide.
Women Hurting Sales?
The new CEO says superstitious women is killing sales.
The Wall Street Journal reports the company says many women are afraid to get married this year, because it is 2013, and they are afraid of the number 13.
As a result, the company says sales and rentals of wedding tuxes are down sharply. It says it expects those numbers to improve next year, in 2014, once the "13" stigma is gone.
Weddings Down... Or Up?
Is this really true? We called the Hamilton County, Ohio, Courthouse, and spoke with their marriage license department.
In the Cincinnati area, clerks told me, the number of marriage licenses is actually higher this year, due to the stronger economy, and more money available for more lavish weddings.
So this is one that might have you saying "huh?" Do you know anyone postponing weddings because of the year 2103?
Wherever you decide to shop, don't waste your money.
Don't Waste Your Money is a registered trademark of the EW Scripps Co.
"Like" John Matarese on Facebook
Follow John on Twitter (@DWYM)
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
John Matarese shows a great alternative to expensive hospital scans
Is it really a friend or is it a predator? Unless you are actively monitoring your child's smartphone and tablet apps, you are not…
John Matarese has details on a major free shredding event
Do you have an old computer or an ancient cellphone sitting around your house? With Earth Day upon us, it’s the perfect time to do away…
John Matarese warns why trusting apps just because they are popular is not a great idea
John Matarese reports on the end of full-service gasoline.
Check out John Matarese's latest money saving smartphone apps.
John Matarese has a caution about some supermarket olive oil
John Matarese has a caution for magazine subscribers
John Matarese lists the best places for finding free public Wi-Fi and a caution before you use the service.