If there’s anything that’s helped London bounce back from last month’s attack, it’s our collective British sun guilt. The weather has been truly amazing lately — sunny and 17 (62) degrees almost every day. The flowers are in full bloom throughout the parks and seemingly everyone — from tourists to office works on lunch break — is outside.
I’ve been running in the late morning as usual, but almost every afternoon I’ve come up with a reason to get out and enjoy the weather more. Usually it’s to go to Tesco to buy one thing (yesterday it was a cantelope, but they were out of cantaloupe so I got a mango). Today I walked unusually far to go to Waitrose to buy yogurt and get a free cup of tea. I’ve been shopping at Waitrose for years now, but I haven’t been taking advantage of their free tea or coffee with your MyWaitrose card offer until recently. Every store seems to do it differently, though. Some give you the cup when you check out, others have a special separate kiosk and you just have to scan your card. And on top of that, they recently changed the policy so that you have to buy something to get the free tea (which I thought was the policy all along. How many free cups of tea did I miss out on every time I walked by a Waitrose?). I had the following exchange at the Waitrose checkout till today:
Cashier: That will be £4.50. Do you have a MyWaitrose card?
Me: Yes ::Begins fishing through wallet::
Me: How do I get the free cup of tea?
Cashier: You have to have a MyWaitrose card, it seems like you don’t.
Inner me: Did I not just say “yes” when you asked and am I not at this moment getting it out of my wallet?
Me: I have one, here it is.
Me: So where do I get the cup?
::Cashier immediately starts serving the next customer, who practically pushes me aside::
::Other cashier brings over stack of cups, cashier finally hands me one::
Cashier, calling out as I walk away with the cup: You have to have a MyWaitrose card!
It was such a bizarre exchange! Perhaps it was my mistake by phrasing it as a question. Next time I’ll be sure to say “I have a MyWaitrose card and would like my free cup of tea, please,” but if it’s the same cashier, it seems verbally and physically confirming the ownership of a MyWaitrose card is somehow not enough.