Tense about Tenses…

I don’t understand why people (waitresses and cashiers specifically) seem to feel that they sound more sophisticated by using bad grammar.

“Did you want fries with that?” No… but I wasn’t hungry… now that I am, yes I would.

“Were you going to pay with cash or credit?” Well I wasn’t going to pay with either… but now that I have eaten I will pay by with cash.

This evening I went to the supermarket to pick up a couple of things, and as I was paying the cashier said “Did you have an Air Miles card?” I answered “Yes, I did.” As I reached into my pocket for it he completed the transaction, and when I handed it to him he said “Oh… it’s too late.  I thought you didn’t have one anymore.”

I weep for the future of the English language.


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