I bought a birthday card for my friend Judy, a liberal lawyer. One of the few hardcore liberals I can actually stand.

Oh, except when she tells me about the money and volunteering she does for the ACLU, an organization I hate.

Anyway...I go into Rite Aid in San Marcos. I got lucky. I only had to go thru five cards before I found one that was perfect. Since we have a friend that always makes cakes on birthdays, this card had someone making a vegan birthday cake that nobody wanted to eat.

So I'm in line making my purchase. And the cashier looks at the card. I'm thinking to myself...she isn't. No she isn't. She is not reading my card.

She then opens it. She laughs, looks at me and says, "That's cute."

I want to say "Why are you commenting on my purchase? Did you comment on the woman in front of me purchasing tampons?"

Instead, I thought I could make my point in a friendlier way. I said "If it wasn't cute, would you have said 'This card isn't funny. You should get a different one."?

She smiled and said, "Uh...I guess not. But, I just like to, you know, read the cards. It gives me ideas for which cards I want to buy when I need to pick one up."

I'm also thinking that there are people behind me that would like to get in and out of this store, without the cashier taking the time to read the card.

I also think about the card I saw that said "Fartacus, and other great farters in history". It was unfunny, as most fart humor is. When you opened it, there was a sound effect that accompanied it.

What would've happened if this was the card I purchased. And she opened it.

Would I have to explain to the person behind me, "That wasn't me. It was the cashier."

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Ponzi June 20, 2008 @ 7 a.m.

After that trauma, you should have treated yourself to a nice scoop of Thrifty's ice cream.


Josh Board June 20, 2008 @ 11:46 a.m.

Good call. But, I'm on a diet. Why did they change from Thrifty's to Rite Aid, anyway? I think they still call the ice cream Thrifty's, though. That Chocolate Brownie is the bomb.


M. E. June 20, 2008 @ 7:47 p.m.

Not a bad post, and this one not too horribly punctuated. Best thing about it is it put Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes" in my head -- dug it out, good to hear that song again.


rickeysays June 22, 2008 @ 9:33 p.m.

I went into the store once and bought diet soda and ice cream, and the clerk said wasn't I wasting my effort with the diet soda if I was also going to eat the ice cream. I told her I prefered to think of it as a compromise.


Josh Board June 23, 2008 @ 12:12 a.m.

My friend Jim, who just made partner in his law firm, worked at Big Bear (remember that store?) in La Jolla, while going to law school. During late night poker games, he'd tell us about the weird combinations of things people would buy. But, he'd never share who odd he thought that was with the actual customer. Just imagine if they complained to the bosses.


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