Sunday, June 24, 2012

No Card For Aunt Dorothy

My husband’s Aunt Dorothy, a spry 80 year old, recently went to K-Mart to pick up a few items. When she was checking out, the cashier, a young man, asked, “Do you have a card?”

Dorothy hesitated a few seconds and then said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about; what kind of card?”

Before he could explain, the young man in line behind her held out his hand
showing her his card and said, “Oh, you have to have a card! It allows you to get all kinds of good deals – sales and such!”

That sounded fine to Dorothy, so she said, “Okay, give me a card.”

The young man at the register said, “Great! I'll need your cell phone number.”

Dorothy thought for a minute and said, “Well, I have a cell phone, but hardly ever use it except in an emergency. I’m afraid I don’t remember the number.”

“No problem," the young man answered. “Just give me your e-mail address then.”

Feeling a little embarrassed, Dorothy said, “I have a computer, but don’t use it very often either. I have to confess, I don’t know my e-mail address.”

After a long sigh, the young man informed Dorothy, as kindly as he could, “I’m sorry, Ma’am, I can’t give you a card!”

Dorothy wasn’t heart-broken. She related the story to my husband and they had a good laugh.

I suppose there's a moral to this story: Even if you’re an octogenarian who lives alone, still drives, goes to work every day, does your own shopping, cooking and cleaning, cuts your grass, and spends a lot of time doing church work, you’ll still be denied certain advantages if you’re electronically challenged!

What a peculiar world this has become!


Fran said...

Poor Aunt Dorothy! She must have been embarrassed. It is terrible that you have to be a rocket scientist in some cases to get certain things. unfair!

Anonymous said...

Seems like your aunt is a good sport not to get mad.

Jon said...

Funny story peg. Dorothy seems to be in good shape for 80 to still be working and driving. Good for her! Jon

Debra said...

Aunt Dorothy must be a great gal. Many women her age can't or won't do a thing. Good for her. who needs "a card" anyway? Debra

sam said...

good post peg. cheers to aunt Dorothy. sam

Anonymous said...

K-Marts card is not all that great anyway. Tell your aunt she's not missing anything.

Drema Ward said...

Aunt Dorothy sounds a lot like mom, with exceptions.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm. Could they want to bedevil her cell phone and use up her minutes? Or to spam-jam her e-mail with unwanted ads? Sounds as if Aunt Dorothy is well off as she is.