“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 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).