Just As I Thought

Charity in the plastic age

I realized today for the first time that I do not carry cash. It was made uncomfortably evident when I went to the grocery store and encountered the Salvation Army bell ringer outside. I was only armed with a debit card.
I felt bad because I tend to spread my change around whatever bucket or jug is nearby for charity. It felt almost like I was brushing them off because I had no cash with me. Luckily, I keep an ashtray filled with change in the car – from those fat-filled McDonald’s visits – and I grabbed a few dollars and went back after I loaded my groceries in the car.
The moral of this story? If you live on virtual electronic money like me, make sure you also carry a few dollars with you for someone who needs it.

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