They’ll Try A Library Card Next

, , , , | Right | March 9, 2020

(I work in a pizza restaurant. A gentleman comes up to the register and places a to-go order.)

Me: “Your total is [amount less than $20].”

(He pulls out his wallet and digs through it for a moment before pulling out a bright orange card. I immediately recognize it as a card for store credit from a home improvement chain. The closest one is at least ten miles away.)

Customer: “So… will you accept a card from [Home Improvement Store]?”

Me: “Sorry, I wish I could. If it were a credit card, I could. Do you have another form of payment?”

(With a big sigh, he shoves the card back into his wallet, pulls out a bank card, and starts mumbling to himself.)

Customer: “It should work the same way. I just don’t get it. There’s [amount] on here. [Home Improvement Store] is ripping me off!”

(He hands me the card and I swipe it.)

Me: “Thank you, sir. Your food will be out in a few minutes.”

(I’ve had people try to pay with gift cards from other restaurants, with phones and watches, and even an IOU. But this was a first.)

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