Hand Basket

by Jim

My dad used to say, “What has happened to this world?” or “The world has gone to hell in a handbasket.” I never knew what he meant, but I do now.

Last week I went to the bank to cash a check so I’d have cash for the month. I have been going to this bank for about 30 years and to this branch for at least 10 years.

The first thing the teller did was ask for ID. I gave them a card issued by that bank. She said, “We can’t use that because it doesn’t have a picture.”

“Well, I have a driver’s license, but it has expired.”

“Nope, can’t use it!”

I told the teller about the picture and the address. She was looking at the computer and said, “I know it’s you, but I can’t take this as ID.”

I asked to see the manager. He came out. I told him the problem and that I had a driver waiting. He said, “Ha, ha,” put his hands in the air, and walked into his office.

So I asked the teller, “I can’t get money from a bank?”

She said, “No,” and voided my check.

Next she said, “You could go to a grocery store and get cash back when you use your debit card. Or you could use an ATM machine.”

I jumped in at this point and said, “I can get money from a grocery store or out of a machine, but not out of a bank?”

“That’s right,” she said.

And Dad was right – the world HAS gone to hell in a handbasket

August, 2011

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