I reckon it's time for another installment of the recurring feature I call...
"The Stupidest Thing I Saw (or heard) Today"
You say you don't recall this feature of my blog? That's probably because by recurring, I mean I've done it once before. This post makes its recurrence official.
Today I went to a bank. While I stood at the counter doing all my transactions, I could overhear parts of another teller's conversation with someone in the drive-up. This other teller was probably new on the job. She was pretty young. Based on what I heard, I think she had worked at that location for about three hours, and amassed a total of about three hours' banking experience. Hopefully she made it to the end of the day and will be invited back tomorrow; that's a tough call, though.
She got the plastic cylinder out of the air tube and opened it, and then I heard this:
Young teller, to her supervisor: Can we accept cash for a loan payment?
Supervisor: Ah, we... er, WHAT?
Young teller: He wants to make a loan payment with cash. Is that okay?
Supervisor (very slowly and distinctly): Yes. That's fine.
Young teller: 'Kay, thanks!
I guess some banks are becoming quite liberal in the payment options they will allow. Soon, we might see supermarkets starting to accept cash, and before you know it, we'll be able to use it as legal tender for all goods and services. Crazy, huh?