The Tea-Leaves Say Sending The Money In Is Unlikely

, , , , | Right | January 2, 2019

(I work in a coffee shop inside of a hospital.)

Older Man: “I have a dilemma.”

Me: “I’m sorry, what can I do to help?”

Older Man: “I left my wallet in my car, and it’s parked way on the other side of the parking lot. Could I get tea and then send you the money?”

Me: “Umm, how will you send the money to us?”

Older Man: “Oh, I can just mail it to you.”

Me: “No, we don’t have that service set up, so I can’t give you tea, but if you’d like some water I can get you some water.”

Older Man: “Come on. You can’t just donate tea to me?”

Me: “No, it’s not my product to give away. It’s $2.75 for tea.”

Older Man: “I’m not a bum; I’m good for the money!”

Me: “I’m sure you’re not a bum, but I can’t give away product, and we do not accept payment through the mail. Maybe the hospital cafeteria can help you?”

(The cafeteria gave him tea, but he made sure to come over to tell me he would pay them back next time he was here. Did he really expect to be allowed to mail his payment in? That’s not a thing that happens.)

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