Saturday, 12 April 2008

Senior Moments



About a year ago, in fact it may have been a bit longer, I heard someone knock my door about 8.45pm, I was a little alarmed to discover 2 police officers, a male and female. They began by asking if the car parked outside my house belonged to me. I replied yes, they then asked if I had been at the petrol station just outside Antrim.....I said yes, I had got £5 of diesel. They then said that it had been reported to them that I had driven off without paying.

Well, I was convinced they must have made a mistake and began frantically looking for a card receipt, no joy. I then thought I must have lost it. So they asked if I was insisting that I had paid. It seemed an odd question as I thought I had but was happy to pay again, however, if it turned out I had already paid I would be expecting a refund.

The male cop insisted it was nothing to worry about, after all £5 is about $10, its not much money, in fact I was amazed such a minor event would receive the attention of 2 police officers! I have known people to have their cars robbed and receive an attitude of indifference.

Anyway, as I begun my car journey back to the petrol station I realised that I had not been in the shop to pay, I had no memory of going in to pay. So when the cop had stated that it was nothing to worry about, I replied "What? not being able to remember if you pay your bills is nothing to worry about?"........

The reason I am mentioning it is that it appears to be a common problem.........I think everyone is just too busy these days that some stuff just drops off your mind............when I worked in the bank it wasn't uncommon for people to forget to take their cards out of the ATM after they had completed their transaction or leave their cash behind.......

1 comments:

Becky said...

In Buffalo and many other areas we have to pre-pay. Usually I use my debit card at the pump so it's no big deal. Occasionally I have to go into the store to pay...also occasionally I have then driven off without putting the gas in the car. They've always been really nice about me coming back with a red face.