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.
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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