Saturday, January 15, 2011

How do you want to pay?

I have blogged in the past about different clerical behaviors that intrigue and puzzle me. Tonight was a new one on me.

I had to stop in to “Sudbury Farms” in Sudbury to grab a couple of items. For you uninitiated, this is an upscale, and overpriced supermarket, with a goofy name. The only “farm” here is the “money farm”, because you’ll need a tractor load of cash to shop here…

So, lucky for me, my purchase of 3 bagels was slightly under $10, and I just happened to have a $10 bill in my wallet. I took out the bill, and when the cashier told me the total, I handed him the bill. He looked at it, and said “how do you want to pay tonight”?

I’m just wondering: has he never seen cash before?

Is this what society has come to: all plastic all the time? It seems that the use of cash has gone the way of being able to actually count back change.

What would Alexander Hamilton think?


Anonymous said...

I get the critical in your blog title, but "palate"? Seriously, bagels from a grocery store. Forget the poor kid's automatic response, don't you know better?

Eric Weinstein said...

First of all, we were squeezed for time, and second, Sudbury Farms sells "Finagle a Bagel" bagels.