So I decided to help someone out today... sort of.

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So I decided to help someone out today... sort of.

Postby agp » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:24 pm

I was waiting in line at Walmart, not that I shop there, but because it's on my way home and I had some bottles in my car to be recycled. I got some $ back for recycling, so I decided to get some [color="green"]spinach[/color].

Anyway. I got in line with my [color="green"]spinach[/color] and my little ticket that basically says [color="green"]"I recycle, I'm green, and I get $ for recycling"[/color], anxious to get home to get my much-needed fiber and unavoidable chalky teeth. There was a person in front of me - a grey-haired old man on a wheel chair/shopping cart thing. I felt bad for him. I also felt like a jerk, because I defaulted to thinking that he was a cripple, which he might not have been. Maybe he was just too fragile to walk around a grocery store but can get around his home just fine.

He bought a bunch of stuff, then whipped out his [color="blue"]Chase debit card[/color] to swipe.

The cashier asked him if it's a credit or debit card.

"Credit," he said.

Denied.

"Try swiping it again?"

Denied again.

"It's a credit card?"

"Yes, and this is a new credit card, I just got it a few days ago." Frustrated.

At this point I decided to jump in... Before I tell you what I said, I want to highlight the fact that I have a calm voice and a calm attitude. I said, "try the debit card button, your card says 'debit' on it."

The old man said "I don't care what it says on it, this is a new credit card."

AS IF I DID SOMETHING WRONG.

I said "ok."

Cashier lady said "try it again, maybe it can be charged as a credit card."

He then tried his [color="blue"]Chase debit card[/color] again.

I KNOW IT'S A DEBIT CARD BECAUSE I HAVE THE SAME CARD. I KNOW IT'S A DEBIT CARD BECAUSE I SPEND MANY HOURS READING ABOUT THIS ON CCF!

Denied again.

Old man then pulled out a [color="blue"]Sears credit card[/color], charged it as credit, went through.

This was the most frustrating thing ever. I don't mind waiting in line, that's a part of life. I don't mind old people being old people, one day I will be like that too. But very frustrated that my simple gesture to help was not well-received at all.

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Postby MemberSince99 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:07 pm

I guess being senile like he is, is what we all have to look forward to, if we don't get downsized and end up homeless and starve or freeze to death first. At least there is ******....

Anyway don't feel bad, I'd have just gone to another line, myself. Remember it's human nature to be an idiot but also not to want to be made a fool of - just look to your bosses for live examples of this in action, and remember the idiot things they decree and what happens when you point out in politically correct terms how stupid their ideas are and why they won't work. Actually if you are REALLY smart you'll just keep your mouth shut and make sure you don't get pinned with the blame when it all comes crashing down, that's about all you can do in dealing with those morons. But I'm sure you get my drift - this is human nature in action.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:47 pm

Ouch....

I would not have been so kind. I would have pushed the issue. People need to be taught even if the lesson is learned the hard and painful way. Think of it this way..... the next guy may not be as kind.
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Postby hematino » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:58 pm

The old man probably spent so much time in the "garden" that he forgot what a credit card was...
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:31 pm

hematino wrote:The old man probably spent so much time in the "garden" that he forgot what a credit card was...


But at least now he has a shiny gold spade on his signature bar so that makes it all worthwhile.

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Postby Gamma » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:37 pm

agp wrote:I was waiting in line at Walmart, not that I shop there, but because it's on my way home and I had some bottles in my car to be recycled. I got some $ back for recycling, so I decided to get some [color="green"]spinach[/color].

Anyway. I got in line with my [color="green"]spinach[/color] and my little ticket that basically says [color="green"]"I recycle, I'm green, and I get $ for recycling"[/color], anxious to get home to get my much-needed fiber and unavoidable chalky teeth. There was a person in front of me - a grey-haired old man on a wheel chair/shopping cart thing. I felt bad for him. I also felt like a jerk, because I defaulted to thinking that he was a cripple, which he might not have been. Maybe he was just too fragile to walk around a grocery store but can get around his home just fine.

He bought a bunch of stuff, then whipped out his [color="blue"]Chase debit card[/color] to swipe.

The cashier asked him if it's a credit or debit card.

"Credit," he said.

Denied.

"Try swiping it again?"

Denied again.

"It's a credit card?"

"Yes, and this is a new credit card, I just got it a few days ago." Frustrated.

At this point I decided to jump in... Before I tell you what I said, I want to highlight the fact that I have a calm voice and a calm attitude. I said, "try the debit card button, your card says 'debit' on it."

The old man said "I don't care what it says on it, this is a new credit card."

AS IF I DID SOMETHING WRONG.

I said "ok."

Cashier lady said "try it again, maybe it can be charged as a credit card."

He then tried his [color="blue"]Chase debit card[/color] again.

I KNOW IT'S A DEBIT CARD BECAUSE I HAVE THE SAME CARD. I KNOW IT'S A DEBIT CARD BECAUSE I SPEND MANY HOURS READING ABOUT THIS ON CCF!

Denied again.

Old man then pulled out a [color="blue"]Sears credit card[/color], charged it as credit, went through.

This was the most frustrating thing ever. I don't mind waiting in line, that's a part of life. I don't mind old people being old people, one day I will be like that too. But very frustrated that my simple gesture to help was not well-received at all.


I had almost a similar situation happen, but only difference was I felt like a jerk in the end and moved on. There was a old man in Whole Foods Market that was in front of me trying to process his Chase debit card as credit when the cashier asked him "debit or credit"? He said credit and the card got rejected. He tried again and rejected once again. He then whipped out his cell phone and began calling the number in the back of his card while we were waiting in line. Being a little impatient I am, I told him to have it go through as debit. He told me "are you crazy? It's credit I don't use debit you foolish dumb boy." I got a little irritated at that point and told him it's a debit card and whipped out my Chase debit card and told him "see, I have one too and I know it's a debit" I pulled out my freedom card and told him "this is a credit card you must have forgotten, which I'm not surprised because old people usually forget things often." He began tearing up and told me "I know it's a debit card I just wanted to feel a little special so people can think I have a credit card." He ran it as debit and left tearing up a bit while people around me looking at me as a big bully. I felt like a jerk in the end but I honestly didn't have the patience to wait in line that time just cause I was on my lunch break and didn't want to waste it waiting in line. People here that shop in Whole foods know how long those lines can get :(

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Postby sakhalin » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:07 am

How much do you want to bet that his DEBIT card wasn't even activated?
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Postby nismoZtuner » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:10 pm

MemberSince99 wrote: Actually if you are REALLY smart you'll just keep your mouth shut and make sure you don't get pinned with the blame when it all comes crashing down, that's about all you can do in dealing with those morons. But I'm sure you get my drift - this is human nature in action.


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Postby im_mr_awesome » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:04 pm

I had this happen with my grandma once... I think she forgot to activate her new card, and she couldn't figure out why it wouldn't go through, so I just stepped in and swiped mine. She got a little annoyed, but in the end I bought her groceries so she dropped it haha.
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Postby djrez4 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:46 pm

Gamma wrote:I had almost a similar situation happen, but only difference was I felt like a jerk in the end and moved on. There was a old man in Whole Foods Market that was in front of me trying to process his Chase debit card as credit when the cashier asked him "debit or credit"? He said credit and the card got rejected. He tried again and rejected once again. He then whipped out his cell phone and began calling the number in the back of his card while we were waiting in line. Being a little impatient I am, I told him to have it go through as debit. He told me "are you crazy? It's credit I don't use debit you foolish dumb boy." I got a little irritated at that point and told him it's a debit card and whipped out my Chase debit card and told him "see, I have one too and I know it's a debit" I pulled out my freedom card and told him "this is a credit card you must have forgotten, which I'm not surprised because old people usually forget things often." He began tearing up and told me "I know it's a debit card I just wanted to feel a little special so people can think I have a credit card." He ran it as debit and left tearing up a bit while people around me looking at me as a big bully. I felt like a jerk in the end but I honestly didn't have the patience to wait in line that time just cause I was on my lunch break and didn't want to waste it waiting in line. People here that shop in Whole foods know how long those lines can get :(


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