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originally posted by: American-philosopher
a reply to: Snarl
is that because your put in a situation where you have to use plastic? I mean to me it is about making a lifestyle choice. to those of us who want to defy the "oligarchy" we should live a live that is in defiance of 1984 tactics.
originally posted by: JiggyPotamus
I would love for someone to explain to me how electronic payments are safer.
originally posted by: schuyler
First of all I would question the sanity of your friend. Why would he want to pay a $50 bill with something worth at least exponentially more? What is gold per ounce today? $1250 per ounce or so? And what's the premium because it was old, a 'piece of 8'? Who is the crazy one here? What if they had said yes?
But I also don't blame the waitress and manager. He was asking them to take something of unknown value to them and ALSO laying the entire burden of exchanging whatever it was that they were being given into something useful, i.e.: cash or even debit-credit they could use to run the business. That "piece of 8" was a lot worse than cash to them. They were starting at ground zero not even knowing where to start to get that piece of whatever-it-was translated into something they could actually use. A 'piece of 8' is not 'legal tender'
You can sit here now with a smirk on your face because you and your friend knew what the piece was really worth, but that depends on your esoteric knowledge few people have. He wasn't being smart; he was being a s***head. He was gambling and happened to win.
originally posted by: jrod
In my limited experience of traveling and sailing, I have run across an interesting person or two. A stamped out piece of gold in the form of the legendary 'piece of 8' is essentially worthless to some even though a pawn shop would fork over some fun coupons($100 bills) for that tiny piece of gold. Who is crazy, the man who offered a $1000 piece of gold for a $50 meal or the waitress who refused to accept the bargain.
This person did this because he was confident the restaurant staff would not accept the gold. Had the waitress not complained about how stupid everyone else was perhaps that man would not have been so tempted to have a little fun.