With today being Good Friday and all, B and I decided to go for fish and chips like good nonpracticing Catholics (and at least one of us not at all Catholic). This required cash because the place only accepts cash. Seriously. We were there today and the guy in front of us tried to charge his dinner. The cashier laughed at him. He thought it was a joke and then realized it wasn't and she was laughing AT him. He then realized he had to leave and find an ATM in a rather rough side of town. Definitely no joke there. Oh, but they do take checks. CHECKS! Who carries those anymore? The guy looked at her like she said they take blood samples as payment.
Anyway, I headed off to an ATM in a good neighborhood (yay to planning ahead) after I left the office. Just as I pulled my card from the machine and turned around, an older lady in her 80s came in:
Lady: Is the credit union CLOSED?
As I turned toward the totally dark and obviously closed bank, I say:
Me: Yes, it appears that it is.
Me: Good Friday?
Lady: There is not even a sign posted.
Me: It is right there.
I point to a large sign that says the credit union will be closed all day in observance of Good Friday.
Lady: Wait! It has been closed ALL DAY?
Me: I have no idea.
As I leave, I hear her muttering "That is just STUPID." She then walks in the rain to her car, gets in and THEN proceeds to put on a plastic hair protector. As she is tying it under her chin, another car pulls up and a woman gets out. The old lady rolls down her window and yells:
"IT IS CLOSED. THE CREDIT UNION IS CLOSED AND HAS BEEN ALL DAY. DON'T BOTHER!"
She may have also muttered something about Good Friday. New lady says "I'm just here for the ATM..."
Interesting. So was I. It seems the only person that wasn't was the older lady. Is she against the ATM? Does she not know how they work? What is is that she needs done by a teller that she cannot do herself at an ATM?
Maybe the old lady should go to the fish place. She would feel right at home at a place that only does actual cash transactions and nothing with those "newfangled" ATM things. I can just picture her walking in, seeing the long line and exclaiming "Is there a LINE? WHY? What does Good Friday have to do with FISH? ...stupid..."