Money. When was the last time you saw any actual cash money?
The other day I had to waddle down the village to the post office (now tastefully housed in a very hygienic corner of the funeral director’s hushed premises) and acquire some actual moolah, because the plumber very kindly knocks off the vat if you pay him cash. The little girl behind the plexiglass screen very sweetly shoved the notes into a brown envelope I provided, so it wasn’t until I got home that I discovered that twenties are now plastic.
I laughed so much that I right about pissed myself.
You aren’t going to tell me that you missed that little irony are you?
Okay, then, let me elucidate.
All around me are females (and a few very put upon males) of a certain age. Many of these bloody fossils are vociferous in their condemnation of the cashless status of society.
In the days when a game of euchre and a pasty was a possibility, the lounge bar would be full of these crusty old naysayers. I see them now, bellied up to the bar and waving fivers at the sorely harassed barmaid.
“You’ll never see me paying with plastic,” is their mantra as they waste hours counting small denomination coins into piles on the scratched mahogany of the bar.
Seems as if karma has caught up with them good and proper. You declare your aversion to ‘plastic’ Mrs Frobisher I think to myself, and then you go and wave a note above your head never once seeing that it is ‘plastic’ too…
That is seriously funny. Or maybe not.
I run up a modest bar bill and slap my card on the screen before tottering home singing immodestly.
My mate Mabel watched me do this for about three months then bit the bullet. She still don’t have a credit card, as the silly old moo would get in a right mucking fuddle, but she slaps her contactless debit card with all the je ne sais quoi of a Kardashian in a high-end boutique.
In a rare moment of sobriety, I conducted a straw poll of the halt, the lame, the feckless and the demented as they sat their asses down for the last village OAP dinner before Armageddon.
Being asked why they don’t like to pay by card I got the following responses.
“I won’t know what I’ve spent.”
“I will run up a huge bill.”
“I like the feel of money.”
“My son/daughter/other ‘concerned’ family member doesn’t want me to.”
Struck me as so sad that I bought the buggers a round of sov blanc.
In a nutshell then…
On very rare occasions progress is A Good Thing. This might be one of them.
I no longer need a purse or a handbag.
Got my phone in one pocket. My keys in the other. And my American Express card up me knicker leg.
Oh yes, you sad lot.
Have plastic. Will travel…