Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Keep the Change
CYNDI: Something has to be done about Jan's memory. It's like Swiss cheese.
MERCI: I know. Did you hear about that conversation she had the other day with Mr. Doug?
CYNDI: No. What happened?
MERCI: Well, Jan asked Mr. Doug if he would stop at Home Depot and pick her up another mat if they were still on sale.
CYNDI: You must mean the new mat to collect mud on the inside porch.
MERCI: Yes. When Mr. Doug delivered it, she climbed into his van to go to Walmart and asked how much she owed him, and they had this conversation --
Mr. Doug: You owe me half of $12.58.
Jan: *eyes wide, voice rising* How much! They doubled in price?
Mr. Doug: I said you owe me half of $12.58. See, here's the receipt. I bought another one for myself.
Jan: *looks at receipt.* Mat is $5.88. Here's $6.
Mr. Doug: Is this it?
Jan:: Don't worry, you can keep the change.
Mr. Doug: Keep the change? You don't get it, do you?
Jan: Get what? You picked it up for me and it isn't that much over.
Mr. Doug: I said you owe me half of $12.58. I believe that would be $6.29. You gave me $6.
Jan: *light bulb goes on* Oh, right, I just looked at the price of the mat and forgot about the tax. Here's 30 cents.
Mr. Doug: *tries to push it away* No, it's not about the money. I just wanted you to know what was happening.
Jan: I'm sorry. Here, take it. And keep the change.
CYNDI: You're pulling my paw, aren't you! She really tipped Mr. Doug a penny?
MERCI: I got it right from the penny-pincher's mouth. Jan came home a bit confused and talking to herself about it.
CYNDI: I hope you haven't told anyone. We need to keep this story to ourselves.
MERCI: Don't worry. I haven't told another living furry or human. It will be our secret, just between the two of us.
CYNDI: I'm glad you didn't tell the guys. They would have laughed and blogged about it.