Friday, July 1, 2022

Friday Frustrations

I was at CVS Pharmacy this past week. Upon making my purchase, I proceeded to check out. The cashier asked me if I wanted to “round up” my dollar amount to donate to—something, I don’t know what. 

I asked her “how much is it?” She replies—in a bit of a snippy way, “You have to answer the question first!” What?? I want to know how much my purchase is before I commit to “rounding up.” Now I don’t mean to sound cheap, but if my bill is $5.01, I do NOT want to “round up.” On the other hand, if my bill is $4.99, then I don’t mind “rounding up!” 

I know they are trying to get away from giving change back. In fact, there are many places that post a sign saying that if you are paying in cash, you have to have the exact change. Honestly, I think it’s because young people don’t know how to count or give change anymore! Some places don’t even take cash anymore. That’s a real frustration—or I should say—aggravation to one of my close friends who shall remain nameless. Okay, Connie. It’s Connie! Yep, Connie! She prefers to always pay in cash. As for me, I always use a credit card for those points that keep accumulating that I never get around to using—unless it’s something cheap. I always carry cash and use it on anything under $10.00. I’m not sure why, It really doesn’t make a difference to me. I don’t like to have a lot of change jingling around in my wallet.

Anyway, back to my story. So, I asked the cashier once again—this time getting a little snippy myself, “Well, I want to know how much it is before I decide if I want to “round-up!” 

She acted like it was a big deal to look at the register and find out the answer. She told me and I said, “Yes, I’ll “round up.” It was like 17 cents. I still don’t know the cause, nor do I really care about that. She then had the audacity to say, “You’re fine. You just have to answer the question first!” 

What??? Like I’ve done something wrong here? You know me, I’m not about to let it go. I said, “Doesn’t it make sense that you would want to know how much it is before you decide?”—still in my snippy tone. I’m not about to let a little whippersnapper get the best of me! And I guess that’s why “old” people get labeled “cantankerous!” Yeah, I’m cantankerous all right—if you start messing with my money!!


For some reason, Butch got the information on my purchase (hmmm, is he tracking me and my purchases?). He asked me why I “rounded up.” At that point, I read this post to him—I wrote it right after it happened. He then corrected me—I “rounded-up” 66 cents! Darn, I guess I was aggravated at the way the whole thing went down and wasn’t paying attention. Then he told me that I should never “round up.” That’s how these companies make huge donations and it looks like they did it rather than their customers. I knew that, I just wasn’t thinking. I’m the one that has complained that Disney charges such outlandish rates so they can look so benevolent and give so much away to the underprivileged. I actually don’t mind paying more if it helps other people, but these companies need to be more transparent about that. 

So the bottom line is—I am never rounding up again! I don’t care if I look like a cantankerous AND cheap old fart!

1 comment:

  1. Funnily enough I have just come back from town and I bought something on my credit card and they asked if I wanted to round it up for charity! I can't remember the last time I bought something with cash, when the pandemic first started most shops wouldn't accept cash and I now just use my cards or my phone.


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