No Cash, No Carry

8B7E7ED6-F014-4482-9398-F842B15172FA“Oh damn,” Rebecca said, turning red with embarrassment. “I was sure I brought my money with me when I came to town.”

“It’s okay,” the proprietor of the bake shop said. “We accept credit cards.”

“Actually, I don’t have a credit card,” Rebecca said. “Haven’t you read all of those articles about people having their identities stolen when they use credit cards?”

“I have no direct knowledge about such happenings,” the proprietor said, “but there’s a bank at the end of the block. You can use your ATM card to get some cash.”

“I don’t have an ATM card, either. Those dang machines can be hacked, too, you know,” Rebecca said.

“Well, do you have a check?” the proprietor asked. “I usually don’t take personal checks, but under the circumstances, I’ll make an exception and will accept your check.”

“No, sorry, I don’t have a checking account,” Rebecca said. “People can steal or forge checks.”

“Well, I don’t know what to say,” the bakery shop proprietor said. “No cash, no credit card, no ATM card, and no check means no carry.”

“I have a lot of cash that I’ve been able to squirrel away under my mattress at home,” Rebecca said. “How about if I take these baked goods with me now and I’ll stop by tomorrow and pay you in cash then.”

“Tomorrow is Sunday and my shop is closed,” the proprietor said. “Why don’t you go home now, get your cash, and come back this afternoon to pay for baked goods. I’m open until five. Then, once you’ve paid for your goods, you can take them with you.”

“Your animosity toward me is not very subtle,” an angry Rebecca said.

“My animosity toward you is justifiable given the scam you’re trying to pull here,” the proprietor said. “Now get the hell out of my shop.”

“Well I never,” Rebecca said and started to storm out of the store. As she got to the door, she turned around and said, “I’m going to give your shop one star on Yelp.”

At which point Rebecca was hit in the head by a blueberry scone adeptly thrown at her by the proprietor.


Written for Di’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “stop,” “Sunday,” and “squirrel.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (town), Daily Addictions (bake), Word of the Day Challenge (knowledge), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cash), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (subtle).

9 thoughts on “No Cash, No Carry

  1. Taswegian1957 September 23, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    I wouldn’t let her take her baked goods without paying either unless she was a regular customer who I knew very well.

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  2. Sadje September 23, 2019 / 7:11 pm

    Good story. And good aim. But a waste of blueberry scone.

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  3. Marleen September 24, 2019 / 2:31 am

    I once got lunch and pastries and fancy drinks (like lattes and Italian sodas) for five kids (including teens) and myself at a local shop, years ago. They’d seen me around town — and at their place several times. I don’t remember if they didn’t take checks or cards or what, but I didn’t have with me what they did take.

    The guy serving me let me take the stuff on the idea I’d come back to pay. I’m not sure if it was his suggestion or my idea. There was no worry or upset at the time. When I got back there at something like five-thirty, the story had gotten to other workers there… and the owner (a family member of the guy).

    There was a little bit of panic. Everyone was nice and relieved and carried on once I walked back in through the door. I don’t think he had even said to make sure and come back to pay that day… just later or sometime. But I figured it would be better to handle it sooner rather than later.

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  4. Marleen September 24, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    The flying scone bit is funny.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. leigha66 September 27, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    Unless it is a locally owned company and you are a regular, I can’t see any business letting her take the items home and then come back with the money. Good story!

    Liked by 1 person

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