The times, they are a changin’

Pictou-Advocate-opinion

To the Editor:

I’ve talked with many people lately, and I do not mean texting. I have heard numerous stories regarding people shopping and youth cashiers. In one case, a person was going through a fast food drive through and the total came to $4.25. She gave the person $5.25 hoping for a loonie to use for parking. The cashier at the window said she had given them too much and she tried to explain the situation. The supervisor manager was called to the window to assist the employee. The customer in the end received $1.75 back, took it and drove away. It is sad that something so simple ended up being so frustrating.

There was another situation I heard about where the total came to $4.10 and the cashier was given $5.10 as the person did not want a handful of change. Again they were told they had given too much money and the supervisor ended up being called to explain the situation. It is a plastic world today and the youth seem to only know about cards rather than cold hard cash. Times have changed. A friend of mine was shopping and her item was passed over the scanner and beeped, she was given the total and she knew it was incorrect. She pointed it out to the youth cashier who had to call the supervisor; apparently the product bar code had changed and had not been entered into the system. The cashier was thankful for an honest customer and learned a lesson that one must not totally rely on an electronic system to have all the answers.

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In another situation, someone told me that her child was getting her first bank account and they went to set it up. The child was getting her own debit card and with it she was allowed so many free transactions per month. I remember getting my own bank book when an account was set up for me. It seems this child could go to the store and use her card for pop, chips and candy; no cash required. I remember Christmas shopping for a gift for Grandma, going to Woolworths with a bag of coins from my piggy bank and standing at the cash register counting out the coins myself and holding up the line. Interestingly enough, the cashier remembered me years later when I was a youth in high school going to Woolworths shopping.

I was talking with a friend who had told her child to go outside and play; she checked on him later only to find him sitting in a lawn chair playing on his tablet. This is not going outside to play!

There was another situation where a mother said she was woken up by the sound of an electronic gadget and went out to find her four-year-old sitting at the table playing on his tablet. He was sent back to bed. I can remember waking up in the night as a child and playing with ‘actual’ toys.

We live in an electronic world today and I do not think it is all for the best.

Another area of concern is that children are not being taught cursive writing in school. There will be no need for a pen. How will people in the future sign their name? How will they be able to read a hand-written letter from their grandmother or an historic document? Times are a changing … but not all for the good!

Brenda Sterling-Goodwin
New Glasgow