Happy Birthday -- Yes, You! -- from Angie

At the supermarket yesterday I handed the cashier a blank check and said, "$25 over, please."

You don't have to fill out your check at our supermarket. You just give them the blank and the machine fills it out.

If you want to make the check for over the amount and get some cash back, you just tell the cashier.

It was a busy day. She and one other cashier watched over ten or 12 customer checkouts.

I watched her hand as it went into the till, first drawing a $20 bill and then a $5 bill.

Her attention was divided and she did not notice.

"It's not my birthday, but I thank you even so," I told her.

This stopped her in her tracks. Was she about to hand me too much money?

"You said $25 over," she said, looking at the two bills in her hand. By this time the other cashier was paying attention.

"I did say that," I said, "but that's not what I mean."

I pointed to the $20 bill, still in her hand, and said, "I mean that."

She looked at the bill and had to laugh.

"What is it?" the other cashier asked.

The first cashier showed her the $20. She laughed, too.

So Angie, whoever you are, shame on you for defacing money. It belongs to all of us and here you went and vandalized it.

But I must thank you for the good chuckle we got yesterday at the supermarket.


The $20 bill