Old Fashioned? Moi?

Into the shop I went,

Picked up my newspaper,

Went to the till.

A young lady was in front

Tapping at her ‘phone,

Trying to pay electronically.

The cashier was smiling,

You know the smile,

Not quite a grimace.

The electronics then worked,

The bill was paid.

I stood in front of the cashier,

Paid for the paper,

In the correct amount of coinage,

Paid in seconds.

“Thank you”, said the cashier,

“My pleasure”, I said.

I followed the young lady from the shop,

Still tapping away on her ‘phone.

Am I really that old fashioned

That I use money,

Not electronics,

To buy my newspaper.


  • Michael Edwards

    Probably but not alone. I do know the problem - I have been held up in queues several times by someone using the newer 'quicker' more 'convenient' technology.

    • Goldfinch60

      Great, isn't it.

    • Neville

      it seems you have captured here for all eternity something of an increasingly common experience..

      a great of the moment social observation.. N

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you Neville, I write a great deal about people watching.

      • orchidee

        A fine write Gold. It's embarrassing if paying by credit/debit card, and payment is not accepted.
        'What are cheques?' some people say, as if they went out of fashion around 1066.

        • Goldfinch60

          I have, luckily, never been in a situation where my card has never been accepted.
          I still send the odd cheque in the post but you need to be very careful with the parchment, it cracks quite easily.

          • orchidee

            You got your wax seal on the letter too?

          • dusk arising

            What's a newspaper?

            he he he

            • Goldfinch60

              It is a very old-fashioned idea of conveying the bad news (or lies) using a paper form of transmission.

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              HI UNCLE ANDY : LOVE HOURS : very haunting but not soporific ! Loved the STORY ! BRIAN & I are electronic freaks : you are showing your age : but I still like you ! Love & Blessings to YOU BOTH : Angela 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡 Please check my Sunday Poem : SUNDAY !

              • Goldfinch60

                The Hours is very good, I have a great deal of Philip Glass's music.
                Having worked in computing for about 25 years I think I know a bit about electronics but it is beginning to take over peoples lives when there are still quicker (and better) ways to do things without resorting to it.

              • Laura🌻


                Electronic payments...
                One of my pet peeves!
                I don’t like them at all!
                I pay by cash wherever and whenever I can! In this case, I’m glad I’m old fashioned!

                I enjoyed the clip!
                Have you seen the film, “The Hours”? It’s a great one!

                My love to Joyce and to you!


                • Goldfinch60

                  I use both but I do tend to use cash more than electronics.

                  I haven't seen "The Hours", with your recommendation I will now have to see it.


                  • Laura🌻

                    After you’ve seen it, let me know what you think of it!☺️

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