What? You Want Me to Donate to What?

Loving the Cubs... and other problems I have Mark Grissom beaverdamusa.com(Note: Mark is on vacation in Cincinnati this week watching the Cubs drop a three-game series to the Reds. Here is an encore one of his favorite columns.)

I was having a pretty good week. Things seemed to be going well for me. No issues. No problems. It was just a nice, relaxing week. And then… I went to the movies.

No… It is not what you’re thinking. Nobody kicked my chair. Nobody texted during the show. No one even talked during the movie. What my issue turned out to be at the movie was… when I went to pay for my ticket and they asked me would I like to donate $3 to the Children’s Care Fund.

WHAT?? Donate to WHAT?? I have never heard of such an organization, number one. And number two, as much money as they charged me for a movie ticket, coke and popcorn… they should give ME $3!!

They did show me a nice little lapel pin with some logo I had never seen before that they would give me with the donation of $3. BIG DEAL!

Thus, I now have my blog for this week! Thanks to Carmike Cinemas, I remembered one of the major issues I have in life.

Do you all remember how nice it used to be to go up to the cashier in any given store and pay for your merchandise and not be asked, “Would you like to donate to “whatever”?

It seems like everywhere you go now, folks are always asking you for your change, or for a dollar, or the one I hate the most… “Do you have our bonus card?”

ENOUGH ALREADY!! I am sick of it!!

Why can’t I just walk in a store, find what it is I want to buy, walk up to the register, pay them what I owe them for the product and leave?

I will be happy to give you some examples of my frustration.

Kohl’s Department Store. “Would you like to use your Kohl’s charge card?” Me:  NO! “Would you like to apply for a Kohl’s charge card?”  Me: NO! “You do know you could save $10 on your purchase today if you apply for a Kohl’s charge card?” Me: I don’t want any of this stuff! I am GOING TO TARGET!!

Or, Dollar General Store. “Would you like to donate your change to literacy?”  No ma’am, I would not! That is why a huge portion of our tax dollars goes to education… to help kids read!

Or, McDonalds. “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Ronald McDonald House?” Me: NO!

I am sure the Ronald McDonald House does a great job, but a dollar can buy me an extra set of chicken nuggets!

One more! How many places do you go in now and go up to pay for your merchandise and you hear these awful, dreaded words… ”Would you like the 2 year warranty on this?”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Is the brand new merchandise I am buying from you really that shabby of a product that you need to sell me a two-year extended warranty?? Come on man!! If that’s the case… I do not want it!

I just wish we could go back to the days where you paid for your stuff and the cashier said, ”Have a nice day, sir!”

I guess those days are long gone.

And no… I will never ask you “Would you like to purchase a 10 year warranty on that casket?”  Or wait… Maybe that’s not such a bad…  NO!!!

Until next time!

About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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