Last night I was waiting to buy milk while the gentleman in front of me repeatedly swiped his debit card in a vain attempt to pay for his box of Cheerios. After finally realizing he was swiping it upside down and he had to hit the ATM button on the panel, I paid in cash, went home and started getting ready to watch all the 'American Idol' rejects embarrass themselves. During this program I was delighted by an ad for the Visa Check card. You know the one that has that complete idiot that pays with cash while everyone else uses the Visa Check card and he winds up mucking up the entire system and gets dirty looks from the cashier and all the other customers. “Cash!! Why we never!! Barbarian!!” I’ve seen it about 1032 times by now and I get more annoyed by it every time.
Do these dolts at Visa actually think handing cash – you know…actual money – over is more complicated and time consuming than having every idiot and their brother trying to swipe their cards through, remember and enter in their PINS correctly, then make the life altering decision of whether they want cash back or not? Of course not. But if they didn’t make you believe that, how would they then milk you out of your cash by charging you 50 cents per transaction or upping your interest rate to 22% after your first month of service is complete. Their CEO needs his new ski lodge by the end of the year, you know. And you can’t use the Visa Check card for a purchase that big. Can you?
Today’s distraction: Try to identify the corporate logos. It’s fun if a bit infuriating. The spelling has to be exactly right. That red O on the bottom was driving me crazy. I knew I had seen it before but couldn’t pin it down. Turns out that exact logo and the company name are on the top of my office phone. About 15 inches from my nose. I only spent 20 minutes on it and, believe me, it could have been worse.