Thursday, March 27, 2008
Get Out of Tax Free
This story comes to you courtesy of the mush-for-brains worker at the fuel station where I ran through the car wash today.
I didn’t buy gas, so I paid for the wash with my debit card at the entrance. For whatever reason, the printer wasn’t spitting out receipts, so I went inside to get one after the wash.
Attendant: “I don’t think it prints receipts.”
Me: “Yes, it does. I’ve gotten them many times. There’s a receipt slot right on the front, and the LCD said just now that a receipt could not be printed, see attendant.”
Attendant: “Well, I have nothing that interacts with it, so I’d have to write one by hand.”
Me: “That’s fine.”
Attendant writes a receipt for the even dollar amount, clearly perturbed that I didn’t translate “I’d have to write one” into “I really don’t want to write one.”
Did I mention that before I walked in, she was just standing in the corner stuffing her face?
Me: “You didn’t add the tax on it.”
Attendant: “There is no tax on the car wash if you buy it at the entrance.”
Me: “Yes, there is. I’ve seen it on my receipts many times.”
Attendant: “Only if they’re sold at the register here. Not at the machine.”
Me: “So using a machine instead of a person waives the requirement to pay sales tax?”
Attendant shrugs and glares, but still hands me a receipt for the pre-tax even dollar amount.
Not even two minutes later, sitting in my car, I opened up my account on Bank of America’s mobile site and read the pending transaction for the cost…
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