Sometimes the timing is just set up against you. Almost as if it was exactly synchronized to go that way. I’ll give you an example.
I just purchased my dollar large coffee to-go at McDonalds. Took it outside and drank it hanging out on the sidewalk, since everything is to-go these days. Then headed back to McDonald’s to get my free refill. I realized the cashier had forgotten to give me a receipt — you need to show one as proof of purchase before they give you a refill. But I figured the cashier would recognize me.
As luck (or sychronicity) would have it, just as I was headed towards the front door of McDonald’s I noticed this other person who was one step ahead me, also heading into McDonald’s with a to-go coffee cup in his hand. And I could instantly see the whole picture of how it was going to unfold in my mind. He looks like a street person. And doesn’t even have a lid for his cup. So I figured he likely pulled it out of a garbage can so he could try and scam a free cup of coffee.
Sure enough the cashier asks for his receipt. He says: “They didn’t give me no receipt.”
“Sorry you can’t get a refill without a receipt.”
“They didn’t give me no damn receipt. Whatchoo trying to pull on me??”
The cashier gestures to the stack of coffee cups behind the counter. “Your cup is a different color than the ones we’re using today.”
The idiot is caught red-handed — doesn’t even have the right kind of cup — and yet he still persists. “Gimme my damn refill.”
“You’re going to have to leave “
But he refused to leave. Sullenly standing off to the side of the counter as he plots his next genius move. So I jump in there holding up my cup and saying “They didn’t give me a receipt either.”
“See,” says the guy. “I didn’t get no receipt either.”
“Sir, you’re going to have to leave.”
Now it’s a complicated situation. If the cashier gives me a refill without a receipt, the other idiot will probably go ballistic in a fit of righteous indignation
So I just get my ass out of there. Without my free refill. Which I richly deserved. And had walked 15 blocks out of my way just to get it
And the moral? Life sucks.