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a story from my woman after her and the wee lad's trip to the mall today
so I was at the mall and I had promised Toren he could have a ride before we went home but I needed to get some change so (very naughty I know) but I went to the lolly stand and got myself a small mixture.
"Can I add a couple of dollars onto it so I can get $2 change" sez I.
"No" said the scary Scottish lady (who was serving).
"Oh" sez I
"$3" said the scary lady
I handed across my card.
"You can only use that on $5 or more" said scary lady
"Oh" sez I "I don't have any cash. Can you give me the $2 change" (I hadn't planned it but it seemed like a brilliant coincidence).
"No. we don't give out cash," said the scary lady looking at my card. "And You can only use that on $5 or more."
"Oh" sez I looking around. "You don't have any signs that say that and I don't have any cash so I'll have to leave it."
"But its a loose mixture. I cant put it back. It has to be paid for," said scary lady.
"I don't have any cash. I'm happy to pay with my card."
"You can go to a cash machine. This has to be paid for."
"I'm on my way home. I'm not going to a machine and coming back. But you can take my card."
By this time a huge cloud had descended upon the scary lady and lightening was flashing from her eyes.
"This has to be paid for," she said.
"You can take my card," sez I.
"You have to spend $5 to use your card. This has to be paid for," said the scary lady as flames shot from her mouth and ears.
I offered my card one more time. She almost exploded.
I shrugged and smiled and walked off leaving her standing in a wee puff of logic, smoke and flames - glaring at me and the mixture.
I then went to Big W(*), bought a bottle of diet coke and got the needed change. Toren had a very happy ride with Bob the builder and last I looked there was still smoke coming from the lolly stand (oh and I had touched one of the lollies because it had almost fallen out of the bag so don't go to the lolly stand they have dirty lollies.
< edit >
AHEM - well some of you may be aware my woman is a writer
it seems that the above was a section she's been working on. Somebody didn't read his email properly and was "corrected" on the phone.
sorry about that everyone.
* - Big W is like K-mart.
To paraphrase Fred Dagg - the views expressed in this post are bloody good ones.
The lack of signage surely makes that her problem. Lollies do seem like the sort of thing people will spend less than $5 on. If she had half a brain, she'd have suggested she needed to charge you $5 if you took some more lollies or not.
Reminds me of my first visit to Fiji. Stepped off the boat, there's a market. Guy asks my name, and I barely say it and he's carved it in to a boat he wants $15 for. I told him I'd give him $5. He got pretty angry. But, I had not asked him to do it. I can't recall if I got it for $5 or not, but I think I did.
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That poor lady would have had to pay too much in charges to make it worth her while taking a card for such a small purchase. Surely your misses has seen the 'minimum charge for eftpos' signs that abound in smaller stores?
Sure, sounds like the Scottish witch didn't
Handle it well, but should have come was no surprise that she wasn't going to get cash out on an eftpos card for a $3 purchase? At lease common sense would tell her to check first!