Yesterday on my way home from work I had to stop a grab a few items at the store. I very seldom carry cash on me. Usually the only cash I have on me is the money I plug into the parking meters to avoid a $30 parking ticket. I pay for everything with my debit card.
So, after I was done my shopping and went to pay for the groceries, I told the cashier that I’d be paying by debit. Then came the instructions. “Wait for your total to appear and then insert your card and follow the instructions.” Really? So that’s how this thing works. You really can learn something new every day.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t actually know how to pay by debit card? It seems like people use a debit card for every purchase, no matter how big or small. I saw a teenager in front of me last week use his card to pay for a pack of gum and an energy drink. At least he’s worried about how his breath smells.
Next time I see a new cashier I think I’ll act like a total imbecile who just got my bank card that day. I’ll be saying, “How do I do this?” “Now what do I do?” “What are these numbers for?” “Could you please help me?” “Will my library card work?”
At least I’d give the guy standing behind me something to talk about later that day. I can hear him now. “You should have seen the idiot in front of me at the grocery store this afternoon.”