How many times have you left home with empty pockets? Have you been caught with an empty wallet? Or driven out far from home and realised you are not carrying your wallets which also contain your driving licence? And after realising that, you start to worry if the police is conducting a road block down the road and you have no money to errrm…buy a round of Starbucks?
It happens to me all the time. My purse is conveniently located and the kids are used to dig out a few ringgits here and there for school. Most times, I am too lazy to check the purse and realised I have no money, much too late. At other times, I took out the wrong handbag and it is one which doesn’t have the purse inside.
Just two days ago, I went to pick my #2 from school around 6.30 pm. I was really, really hungry as I didn’t really eat much for lunch. In my mind, I have conjured up the best nasi goreng ikan masin, tomyam, daging masak merah, kangkong faideng and kerabu sotong for dinner. It was a nice Malay tomyam stall that is located on my way home. Air liur meleleh thinking about the good foods ahead.
Lucky, I did a check and OMG, I only have four ringgit in my wallet! My poor kid was famished after all the sports practice, club meeting and school. So, with only four ringgit, we could only buy 10 apongs for RM3.
There was another time when we forgot the wallet and dug out RM12 in coins from the compartment in the car. So, we have enough money to eat three bowls of noodles. However, the kids asked for lok-lok. There I was standing at the lok-lok stall and asked the unit price of each stick of fishball. The lady boss must have took pity on this poor woman who was counting her shillings and her small kids tugging at her blouse for foods. She told me to eat first and can pay later. Since, we were regular customer there, I did eat and pay later. But we purposely made a trip home, get the money and return to the stall in less than an hour.
Well, I have been caught with no money to offer in church and sometimes, meekly dropped in a few coins I found from the car. It is not a nice feeling at all, hearing my 20 sen coins clanging in the bag.
At other times, if I do have my wallet with me, I will probably go and eat a big lunch in a place where they accept credit card. But first, I have to make sure that their machine is working and they really accept the card before I order.
So, how many times have you been caught red-faced with no money and no ID?