Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Best Gift Card Ever

‘Tis the season for gift cards—and I love getting gift cards. No matter what store it is from, you can be sure that I’ll find something to spend it on. Unless it’s from Uncle Salty’s House of Peanut Shells. No wait, even if it’s from Uncle Salty’s House of Peanut Shells. I could spread peanut shells all over our living room floor for Iwanski’s birthday to make it look like Wrigley Field.

Anyway, one time, I got the best gift card ever.

That Christmas, a friend of mine gave me a gift card for a coffee shop. I like coffee, so I was happy.

A week later, Iwanski and I were in the coffee shop and decided to use the gift card. The cashier rang up the cost, and it was $3.90. I handed her the gift card, confident that there was at least $5.00 on it. The cashier ran it through and said, “You owe 74 cents.”

“What?” I asked, dumbfounded. I looked at Iwanski, and we both started laughing.

“She gave you a gift card for three dollars and sixteen cents?” He exclaimed.

“I guess so!” I replied, handing the cashier the 74 cents. “Oh my God, that’s so funny!” I laughed some more. “I can’t believe she did that!”

Then Iwanski said, “Wait—3.16—isn’t that the Bible verse people always quote? John 3:16?”

“I’ve never heard of that before,” I replied. “What does that one say?”

“Something about God so loving the world, that he gave his only Son so that we might live forever, something like that,” said Iwanski.

“Well, I guess that’s a good thing,” I said. “But I don’t think she’s really all that Christian. I think she just gave me a half-used gift card.”

We both laughed some more and then enjoyed our re-gifted coffee drinks.


Sling said...

god gave his only begotten son,but he expects everyone else to pay cash.

Barb said...

That is pretty funny. My ex's family "crashed" the wedding to my current husband and when opening the gifts from them we found a card in the box To Them from their wedding. Gotta love it!

sageweb said...

How funny, I love getting gift cards too. Coffee cards are the best. My feet are cold.

rosemary said...

That's the ULTIMATE in re-gifting. I love gift cards too....but to places like Home Depot and Lowe's.

Buck said...

I think from now on, whenever I give you a gift card from Walgreens, it's going to be in odd amounts. Like $21.42. It will be a new tradition!

Diane said...

Oh Chick, now I am paranoid, I didn't give you that coffee gift card did I? LOL Know what I love about you MHP? ...that you laugh at stuff like that when others would snicker :)