I was at the store, and when the clerk finished ringing me up, I had a few problems.
Clerk: Your total comes to $79.42.
Peter: Do you take credit cards?
Clerk: Yes, we take Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Peter: Here’s my Visa.
Clerk: Hmm…I’m sorry but your card has been declined.
Peter: Oh, I can’t imagine why. I’m sure it’s just a mistake. Here, use my MasterCard.
Clerk: Well, sir, it looks like this one is overdrawn, too. Do you have a debit card or cash? We also accept personal checks.
Peter: Like I said, I think it must be bank error. Yeah, I have a debit card, but I think there’s a fee for using it, right?
Clerk: Yes, I think the bank charges you a small fee.
Peter: In that case, I’ll write a check. Oh no, I forgot my checkbook at home. Can you hold these items for me? I can run to an ATM to get some cash. I’ll come right back.
Clerk: Sure. I can hold it for you until the end of the day.
Peter: Okay, great. I’ll be right back.
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse