posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 02:55 PM
I had an interesting experience to post about today. I went to go pay my cell phone bill today at an AT&T store. Its due in a couple of days and
I'd rather not have it cut off to pay an additional $30 dollars to reconnect and being that I work near a major mall it wouldn't be an issue to stop
in and pay it as i've done with other service providers.
When I went to the mall (this is a major mall) the parking lot was fairly empty. I said, hey great for me, parking near the enterance. Upon walking
into the mall it looked like a ghost town. When I got to theat&t store, its empty just like the mall. Hardly any stock of phones, no employees, and
no accesories which anyone that has ever worked retail knows that the majority of profit is made on accessories.
After speaking to the Customer Service employee and explaining to her that I was there to pay my bill she was more then happy to assist. She pulled
my account and let me know how much I owed. When asked for payment method she asked me for my drivers license because upon verification, they could
just charge the card I used last month. I said no thats ok, i'll pay in cash. At that very moment, it was like silence was on a volume control and
someone cranked it up. If I was paying attention I'm sure I would've seen a tumbleweed go by. She replied to me 'IN CASH?' like I was crazy.
I said yes, and proceeded to pull out the $180 dollars that I owed for my family plan. She immidiatly got on the phone and told me afterwards, i'm
sorry but in order to pay in cash there's a $5 dollar surcharge. I honestly was astounded and infuriated. No longer are the days when you
could barter or haggle because you're paying in cash. I used to work retail, so I asked her why, she said its policy and she appologizes, it would
just be easier for both of us if I used a card. So i walked out of the store, went and bought a pre-paid credit card for a dollar, and used that to
pay instead and received NO hassle about it. Who would've thought they would've been more likely to take a card without a legitamate name on it
then actual money.
This is a very sad state for the US dollar. Its almost as if they're paving the way for the RFID or Amero currency as the dollar is really hurting.