At least that's how it's supposed to be. Today the SCQueen decided she needed a few items to complete Christmas dinner preps.. Half an hour later the phone rings.
It's the SCQueen: "The electronic payment systems are down. So are the ATMs . (question unasked: "can you bring me cash?)"
Here's the local story.
"How much are we talking about?" "Under twenty bucks." "Be right there!"
I'm not a fan of using "e-pay" for minor purchases. It's just too much trouble to reconcile the bill at the end of the month IMHO.
Sidebar: Once The SCSon and I visited a local corner store to buy sodas. Showing up at the cashier I realized I had no cash to pay the bill (less than $2). And the cashier advised e-payment was not available. I told him I'd be back with cash. He was genuinely surprised when I was back within the hour to pay up! In this case, good on the proprietor to not sweat a $2 purchase over a $.05 cost.
I've used credit in emergency situations but in general, I really want to pay for small stuff in cash. I also don't carry lots of cash, just "lunch money"
Fortunately the SCQueen met me in the driveway and I didn't actually have to park in the Godforsaken parking lot design. As I passed off the Jackson, she said "It's getting ugly in there!"
Merry Christmas, Y'all!