Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Even more do you remember stuff
Re: Even more do you remember stuff
Ronald W. Fox
Wed, 25 Aug 1999 21:46:36 -0500
True story: I go to buy some things at the grocery store. A discussion is
going on at the cashier among the staff about what will happen at Y2K if
the power fails and their highly automated, laser scanning stations don't
work. I volunteer that I had been a cashier "when I was their age" and we
actually had to punch in the price of each and every object bought, having
to first read the price of the object directly and the pushing a button for
each digit: $15.82 being rung up as $10, $5, 80 cents, and 2 cents. Then I
pushed a big button.
I then volunteered that once we had a power outage, and we had to use paper
and pencil and add up prices by hand.
Guess what they said then? That's right: "Why didn't you use a calculator?
They work on batteries!"
When I told them that calculators hadn't been invented yet, they were
speechless. You'd have thought I'd told them I remember when there was no
such thing as airplanes or TV.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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