I’m always sharing my experiences at the store with you, and by now you are probably thinking, “This frugal guy sure spends a lot of time in the store!” I assure you that’s not the case. Rather, when I am occasionally in stores, it seems like something usually happens to trigger a post topic. Tonight’s shopper with a maxed out credit card experience was such an occasion.
So there I was, standing in line at Office Depot with a buy one, get one free set of gift tag stickers and a buy one get one free sample of tissue paper (yes, it is time for teacher gifts at the kids’ school, and guess who didn’t have all the gift bag materials the night before?).
While waiting to buy $4.26 worth of Christmas goodies concealment supplies when the guy ahead of my swipes his card with no luck. He tosses the merchandise back at the store employee and storms out after being told the card was declined. I sort of apologized for him to the young girl, who calmly replied, “No big deal – it’s been happening a lot the last couple weeks. I guess people are just maxed out.” Indeed. And I wonder if we’ll have a problem paying for it, collectively, in the New Year.
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