1. On each bank note you get start a numbered list headed, “”this bank note has been used to buy;”
2. Fill in the flirst spot on the list when appropiate. Lie if your purchase is boring.
3. Sit back and wait for the idea to spread and grow.
4. Moral panic and disgust sets in as things like condoms, tips for strippers and drugs appear on the lists.
I was just at Sainsbury’s and asked for cashback. Not the most interesting of openers I know, but the woman on the tills gave me the same look a chip shop worker gives you if you ask if they sell chips.
Turns out it wasn’t that I wanted cashback, it was the amount I wanted. I really wonder, what is so odd about asking for £6 cashback? It’s a unit of money like any other, and it happened to be the amount of money I needed at that moment.
“Most people want £10 or £20″
“I just want £6, is that ok? Will the till let you do that?”
“umm, are you sure you want £6.”
“I’ll take £10 if it’s a problem.”
“Whch would you prefer?”
“That’s an wierd number”
“Not really, but are you sure you want to charge me £4.23 for my things? It’s not a round number, maybe we should round it up to £5, or down to £4 as that’s closer.”
“It doesn’t work like that.”
No shit? Maybe we should have made you chancellor supermarket lady. I don’t expect much from you; swipe, beep, swipe, beep, tell me the total, but I do expect you to be able to deal with differing amounts of cash. Unless you want to go round the shop and re prioce everything up by one penny so we don’t have any more “odd prices” that end in “wierd numbers” like .99. I can’t work in customer service, I know, I tried, I’m too intolerant, so I quite, know your limits, if thinking’s not your thing you could always be a librarian. If anyone asks you a question you don’t like you can just ssh them.
People often do stupid things that annoy me, like I said, Im intolerant. This may be a recurring theme.