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A Textbook Case Of Inattentiveness

| Working | May 14, 2016

(I’ve gone to the textbook store across from my college, since the campus bookstore’s card readers are down and I really need this book. Surprisingly, I’m their only customer.)

Cashier #1: “Oh, I guess I could, you know…” *waves me over*

Me: “I need [Book] by [Name]. Here, it’s the middle one.”

(I hand her my handwritten list of my books and what they all cost to rent or buy different places. She looks at the paper a while, types a little on her computer, and disappears into the shelves. She pops back up with the correct book.)

Cashier #1: “This is the one, yeah?”

Me: “Yes, that’s it.”

(She scans it into her computer, starts typing, and then just sort of… sits there.)

Me: “How much is it?”

Cashier #1: “Huh?”

Me: “How much does it cost?”

Cashier #1: “Just this one? It’s seventy four [mumble], but with tax it’s eighty [mumble] four.”

Me: “Wait, it’s eighty eight with tax?!”

Cashier #1: “Eighty AND oh-four.”

Me: “Oh, okay.”

(I get out my debit card, and she then asks for my ID. She runs my driver’s license through a special reader and hands it back, and then swipes my debit card.)

Cashier #1: “Credit or debit?”

Me: “Debit.”

(Once again, after a few keystrokes she just seems to mentally wander off for a minute, before noticing I’m still standing there staring at her.)

Cashier #1: “Oh, uh, credit or debit?”

Me: “DEBIT.”

Cashier #1: “If you could enter your PIN.” *points to keypad hiding under some fliers*

Cashier #2: “Hey, so, did you see what they did this weekend?”

Cashier #1: “Yeah, it was so funny. I mean, they—”

Cashier #2: “Yeah, and then—”

Cashier #1: “It was just the best. Am I right?”

(My receipt finishes printing; my cashier has to hunt down a stapler for the two parts of my receipt. She sets my receipt and my debit card on my book and hands it to me, but suddenly snatches back the receipt.)

Cashier #1: “Wait a second with that!” *reads over receipt* “Uh, did I see your ID already?”

Me: “Yes…”

Cashier #1: “Because I was totally wondering how it got your name and stuff.”

(I have no idea what she was on, but I hope it wore off before her shift ended!)