Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dude, can you break a baggie?

You know that the state of the economy is no laughing matter when people are finding interesting ways to pay for goods and services. While we haven't reached levels of indentured servitude quite yet, we are seeing people more willing to haggle, and trading service for service has finally moved out of cooperative living areas and street corners into more suburban communities. And never forget that more and more people are being forced to *gasp* shop at only one grocery store per trip, as opposed to running all over town to find just the right brand of milk.

But all of that has nothing on a man from New Zealand, who stopped at a gas station, grabbed some snacks, and realized he'd left his wallet and money at home. Ever the quick thinker, he decided to offer the only other green that he had on him.

Needless to say, the police officer in line behind him was not amused at the prospect of a customer using marijuana to pay for M&Ms.

That's right, folks. We've finally reached that level of despair, where we can expect to see even our own homegrown drug users trying to determine just how many Pringles you can get for crack, or whether or not McDonald's will accept opium through the drive-thru window. We may even see panhandlers admit that they're asking for money for liquor, if only so that they can turn that bottle of Christian Brothers into a Big Bell Value Meal.

Aw, who are we kidding. The cops were probably upset because they hadn't kept any of drugs that they confiscated with them, and were forced to dig out a couple of banknotes in exchange for their Slurpee.

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