Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “card.” Use it any way you like. Enjoy!
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It just so happens that I had another one of those calls from my bank yesterday:
“Good day I am So-and-So calling from _________ Bank company to tell you how happy we are to be of service to you and how are you today and we would like to offer you a new credit card with a higher limit for which you have been pre-approved as a token of our appreciation so Ma’am in order for me to send your new card to you by courier today do you mind answering just three security questions to verify your identity?”
Me: “Yes, I do mind”.
“Uhm … Ma’am?”
Me: “You called my number, you asked to speak to me and now you want me to verify my identity. Who do you think you are speaking to?”
You see Ma’am I must make sure that it is in fact the account holder who is giving permission to issue this card with a higher credit limit and I’m sorry Ma’am but you’ll understand the need to ask these questions so can you please tell me …
Me: “I already have a full deck of cards. Why would I want another one?”
Me: “I said, I already have a full deck of cards. I have a credit card, a debit card and a savings card, as well as loyalty cards from two pharmacies, a bookshop, a computer shop, two grocery shops and a clothing shop. I also have an identity card, a driver’s license card, a medical insurance card and a card for parking in a disability parking spot. Let’s not forget the business cards from my general practitioner, my dentist and my cardiologist with the details of my upcoming appointments. Why would I want another card?”
Momentary disappointed lull in the conversation.
“So … Ma’am would not like to take up our offer for the new card to be sent by courier today?”
Let’s just examine this example of how my money flows: When I fill up my tank at the gas station, I receive award points on my pharmacy loyalty card (is putting gas in my car a dangerous occupation?). For the same transaction, I also get rewards from my bank for using my credit card. The award points that I earned on my credit card I can then switch online to my grocery shop loyalty card and thus earn 15% more points. At the grocery shop, I earn extra points for being a pensioner (an advantage of old age) and for shopping on a Tuesday. All this because I paid an exorbitant price to fill up my tank and presenting the correct cards.
Presenting the correct cards for each transaction, yes, that is the problem. If you ever see an old bird fanning out a fistful of magic plastic cards at the cashier’s counter, obviously confused and nervously trying to pick the Ace of Spades in order to make a payment – that would be me.
Me: “No Deah, my old card is still good to go for another year. But thank you for calling.”