Friday, May 13, 2011
DRY CLEANING CONVERSATION - TRUE STORY!
I did not expect my trip to the drive-by dry cleaners to be so enlightening!
I pulled up to the window and watched the employee saunter my way. He was a young man, probably in his mid 20's. He looked liked he was pretty tired, maybe he'd been up all night the previous 24. He had a three day stubble growing on his face, bloodshot eyes, tattoos and piercings in odd places.
He dutifully placed my husbands shirts on the hook in the back seat and I handed him a check, $9.75. As we made the little transaction there at my drivers side window I noticed that a week ago I'd also written at check to that establishment but had forgotten to record the amount in my checkbook. (THAT is a cardinal sin at our house!) So I asked him if he would check his computer on that particular day and tell me the amount!
He looked up lazily."Just put $9.00, I'm sure it was for $9.00, no big deal! Just enter $9.00."
Me, "$9.00?? How do you know that?"
Him, "Just write down $9.00, it'll be o.k. It doesn't matter, just enter $9.00"
Me, "Well, how do you know how much laundry/dry cleaning I picked up that day?"
After a few seconds he turned around, took two steps back into the building and tapped on his computer.
He looked back, "$15.75! Your check that day was for $15.75."
I wrote down the amount, thanked him and drove off laughing!
I pondered that exchange. Just put down...X. ??? It doesn't matter?? Just enter any amount??? Who cares anyway???
I'm thinking I just witnessed the HUGE gap between generations that we're always hearing about. I'm sure he thought he'd just spoken to a female dinosaur.
I hope that young man is never in charge of bridge building, open heart surgery, or becomes the president of my bank.
On second thought, I doubt I need to worry about such things, you think?