ID Check

By Georgia Osten
Long gone are those days. I can’t remember when was the last time I was asked to show my ID. I quit coloring my hair about 5 years ago, it was a pain anyway and took away at least an hour of my life, time I’d never get back. Gradually, with short haircuts, my hair has grown out, it’s all natural now. I only wish it was white all over, guess I’m stuck with what I’ve got.

The only place that checks your age is Specs. That’s because it’s on the key pad before the cashier begins to ring up your purchases. I think is says something like “Were you born before the year 2000?” I take that back, when you’re self-checking at WalMart or Sam’s and you scan the wine, everything shuts down until a cashier comes over to do something to the register, she doesn’t say a word, just looks at you and resets the scanner.

A few weekends ago, I went to the Nutcracker Market with my daughter and her friend and her friend’s Mom. I bought the first round, not to mention $58 for 4 drinks, but who’s counting?!? Anyway, the attendant at the bar, who was equally my age, if not older, laughingly says “Honey, can I see your ID?” Ha Ha Ha. Oh well, it was a joke, I guess, really funny just between the two of us, so I gave her a hug.

The other day, I had a whole day of projects, it was a Saturday. First stop was the dry cleaners to pick up my husband’s “funeral/wedding” shirt. The dry cleaners was supposed to open at 9am on a Saturday and it was 8:50am, so I looked around and saw the Whataburger over there on the corner. Good idea, I was hungry anyway. So, I got in line and ordered an egg, cheese, sausage taquito and a small black coffee. The lady on the speaker said “$4.58, second window.” So, I counted out the exact change and drove up to the second window. The cashier begins making change with the $4.58 and hands me back $3. I must have had a questioning look on my face, so she and another Whataburger employee began explaining how I should always mention the “Senior Discount” when I go to any Whataburger.

Pleasantly surprised and shocked, but I said “Well, I guess it pays to be old!” I got my order and drove back over to the dry cleaners and they still weren’t open, I guess they decided to sleep in that morning.

Anyway, next time you go to a Whataburger, and if you’re UP in that age category, just go ahead and have a Senior Moment. It’s well worth the savings!


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