Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Trying to explain the receipt for a pack of rubbers

I use my Visa Check Card a lot.

Well, not a lot. But when I buy something, I use it.

Gosh, I don't remember the last time I wrote a check. Not even sure where the checkbook is. Or the checks, at least. I know where the check register is.

It's real convenient to use. The commercials about using it are a little silly at times, but I've been on the Visa Check Card bandwagon for years.

The Wife, too.

Anyway, I stopped by Walgreen's yesterday for some mouth wash. Ended up buying a couple of other things. Always do.

Including eyeglasses wipes.

For my eyeglasses.

Those, I can spend my Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for. Mouth wash, not the case.

Plus, I bought some candy, and other items for around the house.

So, when I went to pay for my stuff, I ran through two transactions. One for the FSA purchases, one for standard purchases.

When I was done, the cashier handed me all my receipts. Or tried to. I was putting my card in my wallet, or my wallet in my pocket, and failed to properly secure them. They slipped to the counter top.

And, I gathered them up, folded them -- without looking -- and put them in my back pocket. That's where I put Check Card receipts during the day, for entry into the check register at night.

Everything was all well and good, until I pulled the receipts out when I got home. I always just put them on the desk next to the computer that we use for online banking.

The Wife looked at them last night ... and had a question.

"What's this receipt for condoms?" she inquired.

"What?" I asked, surprised.

"Yeah, a cash receipt for condoms."

I paused for a second. "Let me see that."

She handed it over.

Sure enough, it was a receipt for three items, including a box of 12 Trojan condoms.

"Not mine," I said. And they weren't.

"They damn sure ain't mine," she said.

Hmmm, I thought. What in the world?

"Look, there's the receipt for the eyeglass wipes, and there's the receipt for the mouth wash and candy," I said.

"And there's your box of rubbers," she said.

"Must have been the person in front of me left their receipt," I began.

"OH! Yeah. Uh-huh."

I just looked.

"Let me see those," I asked.

She handed the receipt back to me.

"Oh, look. Trojan dry. Those are the red ones. I don't buy rubbers in the red package," I smiled.

No, that didn't help.

So, if you ever accidentally pick up an extra receipt from Walgreen's, and it happens to be a receipt ... cash receipt ... for a box of rubbers, I got no advice for you.

Other than make sure your will is in order. You just might need it.


  1. Fess up, Basil--it'll make you feel better! (just kidding!) Red? Oh the joke possibilities--that I am passing right up! heh Guess it's a good thing everything got put in the right bag!

  2. I got your back. You were with me the whole time. Those were mine...

  3. Got here through StopTheACLU.com.

    This story was hilarious.

  4. But are the condoms eligible for the Flexible Spending Account?

    I try not to buy condoms at Walgreens; the last time I did I got screwed.

  5. If only they had been ribbed for her pleasure. ;)


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