(glances at lineup of glowering mortals) I think I might have made a few enemies tonight.
It all started innocently enough: Darchala and I had agreed to get a mixer for the kitchen, as our mutual Yule gift to each other, and while on My morning coffee break I surfed over to the website of a local vendor known to sell such contrivances.
Lo and behold, there was the mixer we wanted, on sale for the weekend at a really good price. There were about a dozen left in inventory.
When I got home from work, instead of making a cup of tea and kicking back for an hour so as to avoid rush hour traffic near the store, I got an overpowering urge:
Go to the store. Now!
So I jumped in the car and I drove over there. Got an excellent spot right near the doors. (Thank you, Parking Gods!)
Wrestled with a shopping cart that was tangled up with another. Liberated them both. Headed over to the kitchen section.
There was exactly one mixer left, and amazingly it was in the colour I wanted.
And this is where the really weird part starts.
I got in line and the cashier rang up the purchase, using card "A." The system hiccuped and had to be rebooted, but it finally took My money.
Decided to take a break and headed across the street to have coffee in the mall. Amazingly, a parking spot right near the doors opened up just as I got there. (Thank you again, Parking Gods!) Coffee was very nice but comparatively uneventful, except for the fact that I was still giggling nervously at the serendipity of getting possibly the last on-sale mixer in the whole city, and the card reader glitch at the till.
Suitably fortified, I went to pick up a few groceries down the street. Sure enough, when it came time to pay for them, I crashed a second card reader using card "B."
That's right: In the space of a little over an hour I managed to cause Random Equipment Malfunctions in two different debit/credit machines, running two different operating systems, using two different cards.
On a busy Friday night during the Christmas shopping season.
(checks wallet) I think I'll pay cash for coffee tomorrow morning.