Flip A Coin
Last Friday, I went to the supermarket to buy fresh fish and shrimp for what was going to become a lovely dish of fillet of dorade with creamy fish broth sauce with mushrooms, shrimps, tomato cubes and hard-boiled egg, served with mashed potatoes. It was one of those supermarkets where you have to use a coin to unlock the supermarket trolley. Unfortunately I went through life coinless at that point, which was very inconvenient because I had Tyl on my arm and he simply refused to walk under his own steam. So I asked a cashier for one of those plastic tokens to liberate a trolley. After the shopping was done, I put back the trolley and popped the token in my wallet.
Yesterday, we took the kids to 'Magic Land' (Toverland) in Holland. We paid at the entrance and got a token to get out of the parking lot, which I put in my wallet.
You see where this is going, don't you?
We had a lot of fun on the indoor fun fair, although Tyl was very tired and clingy. I had to carry him most of the time. Oh, and Wolf was scarred for life when his mum took him into a giant merry-go-round with swings that took him six meters in the air. He screamed his lungs out from the moment the swings went up, making everybody turn their head in search for a kid engulfed in flames or something.
Anyway, evening fell and it was time to go home. So we got into the car and I drove up to the automatic barrier. I took out the plastic coin and shoved it into the machine. But the barrier wouldn't lift. There was a white button, which I pushed. And then pushed again, and again. Then I noticed another button with a phone sign on it, so I pushed that one. The person on the other end of the line didn't even listen, they just opened the barrier for us and I drove on, muttering some words about that stupid piece of technology that doesn't even work.
Today after lunch, I take out my wallet to get a coke from the dispenser downstairs. To my amazement, I see a very large shiny coin in my wallet. I take it out to have a good look, and I notice the Magic Land logo on both sides. Turns out I've used the supermarket token for the barrier. No wonder it didn't work.