Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Favorites -- Geography Lesson

It's Sunday and time for Sunday Favorites, where Chari, from Happy to Design allows participants to share an old blog post with readers, while still taking Sunday off, by reposting an old post.

Years ago, as an over the road truck driver, I collected a few thoughts and stories from my journeys and travels. In my Sunday Favorites posts, I am sharing some of those stories.

This next story occurred sometime around summer 2002 give or take a few months.

Geography Lesson

The funniest thing happened to me in Washington.

Being from Michigan, we are used to seeing Canadian money. For the most part, we take it in stride and don't make a big deal when it shows up in our pocket. The lower the denomination, the less difference it makes anyway. I may put up a fuss if I get two Canadian quarters in change at the same time, but dimes, nickels, and especially pennies, are passed back and forth freely and accepted as fully interchangeable. I foolishly assumed this to be the case in all "border" states. Well I was wrong.

Once, not long after we had returned from a trip to British Columbia, my wife and I stopped in at a KFC in Washington. When we paid for our meal, a Canadian nickel happened to be mixed in with the change we used to pay. The kid at the register, who looked to be about 12, plucked the Canadian nickel out of the change and thrust it into my wife's face. "Canadian," he snapped. "We don't take Canadian money."

As my wife looked for a new coin, she politely apologized, explaining to the young cashier that at home in Michigan, Canadian nickels are accepted at face value, the same as as American money and she didn't realize it was such a big deal. The kid steadily held the nickel in her face, until she found a new one for him. He replied defiantly, "Michigan is a lot closer to Canada than we are."

I'm still trying to figure that one out.

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  1. Too funny! What a great post!

    I'm glad you liked the video over on my blog, thanks for stopping by!

    Kat :)

  2. Oh Troy! This is soooooo true. We used Canadian coins blended right in with American in northern WI too - - - I never thought a thing of it. But not around here! I help prepare the church offering for deposit at the bank and we have to pull out all the Canadian coins, bank won't take 'em.

    Thanks for sharing the story.

  3. How funny!!!!! What a great story!

  4. What a pity the cashier was so rude to your wife, c'est la vie.

  5. Canadian money might be worth more then ours right now, lol. Great story!

  6. Hi Troy...

    Ohhh my goodness...that boy was sooo rude! Well, I must admit that living in Colorado, we never see Canadian money! I'm not sure how it would "spend" here! Hehe! Thank you so much for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites this week, my friend!

    Ohh...and just to let you know. My honey quickly devoured those little malted milk eggs as soon as they completed their useful task of decorating! Hehe! I enjoyed reading your comment...had to giggle!!!

    Have a super Sunday, my friend and thank you again for your participation in Sunday Favorites!!!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  7. You know what I should have asked that kid at KFC? "Where do your chickens come from? Really? Well, I don't accept chickens from there!"

    I remember when we stopped there, it was the first place we could find that a semi could get into and we were STARVING and even worse, pretty much broke! I was thinking, "Great! We aren't going to get our food because this Scmuckhead won't take a freaking Canadian nickle! And he is 10 miles from the border!"

  8. That kid has made me so angry at his rudeness. I have a small grocery store in Texas..and we see lots of Canadian and Mexican coins...As you say, unless there are lots in any one transaction..not a word is ever said, and when something is said, it's never with rudeness. That guy should have been fired on the spot.. Diann is telling where his stupid chickens came from..

  9. Okay, so that was my giggle for the day! And honestly, I can NOT believe Diann didn't get right back in his face! Too funny
    xoxo Pattie