Thursday, September 20, 2007

Smooth as Silk

I have frequented a unisex hair salon for years. They know me pretty well. One woman, in particular, broke up with her BF some months ago. In the back of my mind, I have thought about asking her out sometime.

Tonight, I dropped in just before closing after a long day and a long commute from The Middle of Nowhere, MO. The woman was minding the store, sweeping up. I asked her if there was time for a quick beard trim. She said yes, if I could pay first.

The trim is $5. I usually tip $2 so I handed her a ten-spot and said that $3 back is fine.

Surprised, she said, "Are you sure? It's just a beard trim."

I smiled and said, "Sure.... consider it a 'pre-tip'. I know that the trim will be good."

A few minutes later I left, all trimmed up. 1/2 hour later, I went to pay for something at a gas station and opened my wallet.

To my dismay, I quickly did an audit of the bills within.

Yikes. It wasn't a ten-spot. I had used a $20 bill and just tipped a woman $12 for a beard trim saying "consider it a pre-tip" and probably looked like some arrogant ass trying to buy a date.

Perfect. Perfect!


Vic said...

Yes, now all that near worthless money all looks the same.
Come home while you still can.

Kontessa Krunk, Esq. said...

Many non-Americans seem to have this problem with homogenous American money. I had a British friend who did the same thing with a cabbie, except it was $100 and the driver immediately sped off without saying anything.

Anonymous said...

Even with our colourful northern currency, it can be difficult. I once gave the babysitter an "extra" $20 by mistake...

Fortunately, her mother got her to give it back the next day.