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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

i'm officially an idiot: part 2.

the scene: petco over the lunch hour. crowded as all hell. only one cashier.

i'm standing in line grasping a huge bag of dog food, a pet hair lint brush and a box of dog treats behind four people.

when it's finally my turn, the cashier asks me if i have a petco card. i said, "i don't know." because, i really don't know. the woman behind me let me use hers. i saved $7.50.

then came time to pay. i had him break a $100. he owed me 59.52 in change but had no ones or tens. and so, i said, "i'll just give you eight cents and then you'll owe me $60."

he goes, "are you sure?"

and i was like, "YES 52 plus 8 is 60. so you owe me sixty dollar."

see, sometimes, i forget that there are 100 pennies in a dollar and not 60. i mean, never in REAL life do i forget. only in high-pressure situations where i'm trying to do math in my head and i confuse dollars with minutes. i mean, there are 60 minutes in a complete hour.

anyway, eventually the cashier believes me. i hand him 8 cents and he hands me $60. and as i walk out of the store, i realize my mistake. and am mortified. (there was a long line behind me, too.)


  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger Faith said…

    Hahahahahahaha! You sooo owe them $.50.


  • At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I see an arrest at work probably during a meeting... cuffs, frisking, bad language, holding up the security cam photo to make sure they got their girl.

  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    Honestly, until you said "see, sometimes, i forget that there are 100 pennies in a dollar and not 60," I couldn't figure out what the problem was.

    Apparently, I have the same minutes/dollars problem as you.

  • At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well..... you were operating in minutes or seconds. 60=1 under that unit equation. Oh I see Sarah has also recognized this. (I do it sometimes, too!)

  • At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is like one of those old Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, where Bugs Meany has some flimsy alibi for some dastardly crime.

    Your crime: shopping at a Petco instead of a PetSmart.

    The 60 pennies to a dollar thing is a total red herring.

  • At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i too confuse dollars/minutes in high pressure situations!!!!


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