Monday, December 04, 2006

Bastard of the Day

Today's bastard is the woman who was in front of me in the checkout lane at the grocery store. I finished unloading my cart onto the conveyor belt as the clerk finished ringing up her order. "That's 62 dollars and 37 cents," the clerk said.

The woman in front of me said something and disappeared into the crowd. "She needs to get money out of the ATM," the clerk explained. If I hadn't already unloaded my cart, I would have bolted for the next lane.

Seconds turned to minutes turned to hours, or perhaps I'm exaggerating. At any rate, the woman came back and announced that she had to take something out of her bags because she didn't have the money in her bank account. So what did she take out? One of those stupid little impulse-buy books that they sell in the checkout lane. That reduced her total to $59.76, and apparently she had $60.

Look, you shouldn't be in the store unless you have a way to pay for your stuff. If you only have $60, then make sure you don't spend more than that. She should have told the clerk she didn't want that stupid book in the first place instead of wasting everyone's time while she ran to the ATM. Besides, if you don't have enough cash in your account to make a minimal withdrawal, shouldn't you already know that before you go to the ATM? If you're so broke that you don't have $10 or $20 (assuming that's the minimum) to take out, why are you buying extra crap in the first place? Her purchase could only be justified if the book were titled Money Management For Morons or How Not To Be An Idiot At The Grocery Store.

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