Saturday, January 25, 2020

The hardness of cash

One of the library patrons came up to me at the front desk of the library. "Can I pay for my fines with cash?" they inquired trepidatiously.

"Yes." I replied gravely. 

I don't joke about money. It's too delicate a subject.

I got their card and scanned it in. "You have $10.20 in late fees."

They handed me a twenty. "I have a twenty." They said.

"Thank you." I replied. "Would you like to donate the change to our cause this month: The Society to Encourage and Promote Illiteracy?"

"What?" They asked confusedly.

You see. This is why I never joke about money.

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