Is it just ME?


Nowadays it seems, every time I buy something at a store…drug store, grocery store, hardware store, etc., nine times out of ten, when I get up to the cashier’s counter I’m asked, “Do you have your (fill in the blank), _____card sir?”

“No. I don’t have one.”

“Would you like to get one?”

“No thanks.”

“It’ll only take a minute,sir”.


“Are you sure?”


“What’s-matter, sir? Don’t you want to save money?”


(A mundane discussion about the STORE CARD with the store clerk, has turned into a verbal confrontation. If it’s not bad enough trying to convince the “person” behind the counter, three times in one conversation, that I don’t want the damn STORE CARD, I have to relate to him/her, and the attentive line that’s started to form behind me; my financial opinion on saving or not saving money, by having or not having, the STORE CARD.)

“No. You dumb-ass. DIDN’T YOU HEAR ME THE FIRST TIME? If I had wanted one of your frigging STORE CARDS, wouldn’t I already own one? Don’t you think I have enough sense to ask for one on my own without your prodding?

How about this for an idea, LARD HEAD….suppose you keep a Store Card behind the counter there, for people like me who don’t want to carry around twenty or thirty Store Cards, one for every store in town. Then, when I need to use it, all you gotta do is reach down, grab it and scan it. You can do all that without having to talk to me at all…except for a cordial hello when I first walk up to your counter. That-way, I won’t have to stand here, hunting through my billfold, searching through my purse, or whatever, holding up all these good people behind me, ¬†starting to swaying back and forth on their heels, praying that I will hurry up, pay for my stuff, and get the hell-outta-the-way. There might be a serial killer back there waiting in line, nervously. You never know. This could be the trigger that sets him or her off, and you’d be responsible.

Do I what…..?

No! I don’t want my receipt.

Shove %# &^ *@%$ #@@!”