Postscript on seniors

Last Thursday I published a post on senior shoppers but seniors aren’t the only ones who create waiting lines at registers. There are people of all ages who insist on writing checks.

Later in the day I saw this cartoon and thought it fit the post perfectly. Obviously I am not the only one who is impatient!

You can read the original post here.

Courtesy of Real Life Adventures Comics

Courtesy of Real Life Adventures Comics

28 thoughts on “Postscript on seniors

  1. The little calendar in the front of my checkbook is several years old because we only write checks now and then. I’m always surprised to see people using them at the grocery store, but I can understand people’s fear of having their credit cards hacked.

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    • I wrote a check the other day and I noticed I write 2 a month. The same two. They don’t take plastic. In view of what’s happening with credit cards and hacking, you may see more check writing. My bank lets me scan a check for a deposit which is very cool (but it begs the question of safety).

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  2. I’m laughing…impatience…it runs rampant…wouldn’t it be great if they really did make announcements like that? Couldn’t you see a hoard of shopping running to that line? The seniors hoping won’t hear it since they could break something in quick transit.

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  3. My grocery faux pas is occasionally not paying attention and I get in the “ten items or less” line and don’t know I’ve done that. Then people are giving me dirty looks and it still takes me a bit to figure out what I did! They used to put those lines on the ends, but they don’t necessarily do that any more, requiring me to pay attention. There’s the problem.

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  4. Good post, Kate. I write very few checks…time consuming when shopping. Never carry a checkbook. What I avoid like the plague are the coupon clippers with the huge notebooks crammed with coupons! Some seem to get their jollies by arguing with the checkers, then the managers! Aargh. Those are the ones who are trying to gyp the stores…at least the ones I’ve observed.

    Pays to keep your cool when shopping…for anything.

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  5. Hair, nails and Costco… the only reasons I still have a checkbook. I do faithfully write each debit transaction in my check register as they happen though so I don’t overdraw my account (especially now that I’m retired and they, for some reason, have stopped sending me paychecks to magically replenish my account every two weeks).

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    • Lucky you. I have been stuck a few times but not a lot. Most of the time it’s someone in the early fifties which always surprises me. I always think people that age are more techy. Overall I think checks are going away.

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    • OMG yes! The BIG book of coupons (a few are ok). The really good coupon ladies are all set at checkout but sometimes the person is looking and can’t find it but keeps saying, “I know I have a coupon for this somewhere…”

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  6. I noticed, and was amazed, when I first arrived in the US to find so many people paying by check in so many places. I remember when I applied for a check account and the bank sent me 6 check books I thought “I’ll never get through all these” …. and here I am 14 years later and still have 3.5 books left.

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  7. I would imagine in the future, checks will become obsolete. I still use them to pay certain bills, but at the store, I always use my debit card.
    Great game last night! I’m sure your husband is happy. 🙂

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  8. Oh dear, guilty! That would be me…not the two carts of groceries but writing checks. Yes, I balance my checkbook and always will. I do write the date, the store and put in my signature so all I have left is the amount or I over estimate the total to get cash back and the check is already written. Does that ease your mind at all? PS A few months ago I went to a trendy store to buy a top for my daughter. I whipped out my checkbook to which they said “We don’t accept checks.” “What?” Sooo….then I whipped out the credit card and they were perfectly happy.

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    • If you do most of it ahead of time, you’re good! I pay mostly on line these days. My hair stylist doesn’t accept credit cards gets a check and there are maybe one or two other businesses. Nowadays a supply of checks will last me years although the bank usually changes names before I need them.

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