Cards And Cards Are On The Cards

, , , | Right | November 12, 2017

(It’s already been a long day at work, in addition to being a Monday, and I’m grumpy when I go to the big shop in our city for some late-night grocery shopping. Once I’m done, I find that all of the lines are backed up. I get behind a woman with her four kids, one of whom is conked out in one of the two buggies she has with her, and wait for the cashier to check her out. He seems to have problems with both speed and picking items up, because he fumbles with every object he picks up as if he doesn’t know what to do with it. Finally, twenty minutes later, he has scanned her objects and tells her the amount is $384.)

Customer: “Oh, hold on. Try this card.” *hands him a gift card* “Can you tell me how much is on that?”

Cashier: “I don’t know how to do that. All I can do is swipe it and it will deduct the amount. Would you rather not use it?”

Customer: “No. Use it, but don’t take off the amount.”

Cashier: “I’m sorry; I don’t understand.”

Customer: “Swipe it, but don’t let it take anything off the card. Keep the same amount on the card. That way I can see how much is on it.”

Cashier: “Ma’am, I can’t do that. It will automatically take it off.”

Customer: “You can’t just swipe it and then cancel it?”

Cashier: “No. I would have to scan everything all over again.”

Customer: *looks at me, then at the three people behind me that are impatiently waiting* “I guess go ahead and use the card.”

Cashier: “Okay, that takes your amount down to $352.”

(She swipes five credit cards and uses $140 in cash, just so she can use her bank card for the final amount, which is under $20. By that point, the rest of us are glaring at her. When it comes my turn, I pull out three cards and the cashier looks terrified.)

Me: “Don’t worry; I’m only using my bank card. I just tucked it behind the other cards.”

(I think he and the rest of the line were as relieved as I was that my check-out was quick.)

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