So, a few months ago, my family and I traveled to Atlanta, Ga to celebrate my wife’s nephew’s High School graduation. As we were waiting for the graduation to start, we decided to go get some sweets and refreshments.
Little did I know, this was the wrong move!
So, we hiked up what seemed like 12 flights of stairs in the arena where the graduation was held, and finally reached the top. Being in shape wouldn’t have prepared me for that excursion, but that was the least of my worries.
After reaching the summit, we peered out at the vendors to see what our “options” were. Keep in mind, we knew we were in an arena and had virtually nowhere to go. Unfortunately, the vendors knew this also.
So, we approached a stand with cookies and bottled waters, and I placed my order. “Can I have 4 bottles of water and this double doozie?
Let me explain what a double doozie is for those of you who do not have the privilege of knowing. It’s two decent-sized cookies with creme in the middle connecting the two.
The picture explains it all.
The picture does it justice. Anyway…
So, the guy then responds and gives me my total…”That’ll be $21.” I paused, then looked behind me because I knew he wasn’t talking to me when he said $21 for 4 bottles waters and a cookie sandwich. But, I asked anyway. “Sir, did you say $21???” He didnt even break a smile.
“Yes sir. That will be $21.” Dumbfounded, I had to ask again, just to make sure I was awake. He responded without hesitation. “$21.” And he was so polite, so I couldn’t get mad.
My father in law, who was with me at the time chuckled at my reaction. He was from South Florida, where these kind of prices were commonplace. But, I knew how much a case of Aquafina was. Let alone one bottle!
But, after my third time asking, even my ever-patient father in law started to question the cost. He paused and thought aloud. “If these bottles of waters are $4 a piece, that means that cookie is $5 by itself. Then, without fail, the cashier steps in closer, as if he was telling us a secret and clarifies…”but it’s a double doozie.”
My father in law and I both cracked up laughing, paid the man his $9,682 and got back to our seats as fast as we could.
After that ceremony, I vowed to never leave the house without a cooler of bottled water and goodies again.