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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Forever Carded


When a store clerk asks me, “Do you have our rewards card? “ I can never remember if I do or I don’t. So…out comes the over bulging wallet as I sift through the random contents looking for a card that I may or may not have, while the people behind me shuffle and sigh with annoyance. I finally give up; hoping my phone number will work in place of the card. The clerk then tries my home phone, cell phone, old phone number, and ET’s phone number, when all fails she then gives me a disgusted look and swipes her store card so I can get the 3% discount. Good Lord! I should get a reward for enduring the inconvenience and embarrassment of digging for the card …enough with the discount cards!

Some retailers give you the miniature ones to clip onto your key ring, I have eight on mine, and although they are easier to access, I still have to find my keys and then sift through the litter to find the right one. Why can’t they just give me a discount without making me baby-sit a little card for them?

My wallet has to carry my debit/credit cards, pharmacy card, license, auto insurance card, library card, business cards, photos of my beautiful granddaughter, money, ect, this is just my wallet. That wallet then goes into my handbag which is already bulging with other survival supplies, and now my key ring is heavy with ugly little plastic cards instead of cute key ring ornaments.

I feel put upon and abused by retailers and sometimes I find myself fantasizing about making the CEOs’ of these companies dance to a shower of ricocheting bullets for the entire length of time that it takes me to find my rewards card.

This pet peeve of mine was previously posted in 2010 and resurrected in honor of Black Friday and the holiday season. I was hoping by now we would have progressed past the plastic reward card phase. Nope.

12 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

I once had three or four reward cards on my key chain but most of the stores in our area have discontinued them. I bet yours will be done away with before long.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I'm with you!!

Leah Griffith said...

I hope so Stephen. I keep waiting, meanwhile I've a new CVS card and Fridays. LOL! Like I said in the post...just give me the discount people!

Leah Griffith said...

Atta girl Mari <3

Deborah Tisch said...

I laughed out loud as I imagined the "CEOs’ of these companies dance to a shower of ricocheting bullets"... and YOU creating that shower .... oh, my.

Martha J. M. Orlando said...

Leah, I've certainly been there and done that. And, you would think, wouldn't you, that businesses would have outgrown those silly cards by now.
Blessings and love!

Leah Griffith said...

Yes Deborah, it's a fantasy of mine. LOL! So...now for the retail holiday. Off we go down the cluttered aisles of capitalism. I need to take many deep breaths.
Let's plan our December call.
Love!

Leah Griffith said...

Martha, I can't believe that they still don't get how annoying they are. Bottom line is they want to keep track of our purchases. Sigh....
Sending love Martha.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

This is all very true, Leah. I've given up on rewards cards, especially if they send you coupons because then I forget the coupons! Oy!

Cheryl said...

I agree with you 1000 percent. I go through the same song and dance. I bet I have 50 of those reward cards and invariably have trouble putting my hands on the right one. Last week, I pulled out my Walgreens card to be told it was the OLD card and I have a NEW one somewhere. So now it turns out that some of those that I carry are obsolete cards.

Someone told me there is an app for smart phones that you scan your cards and you can use your phone to retrieve your bar code for the cashier to scan. I am going to do that as soon as I have a free week...as it probably would take me that long to load the stack of cards.

Leah Griffith said...

Karen, I am so annoyed with the entire card thing. Today I had a mini battle over one at the register. Please, just give me my discount!

Leah Griffith said...

Cheryl, I have that app somewhere. I'll have to dig it up and load it up...after the holidays. So good to have you back. You were missed! I'm sure you have some goodies for us;)

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