I was proud of myself. Even though I was late for work, I still managed to make my own lunch by throwing together tuna, sweetcorn and yoghurt. I had this mixture for the first time last week and it was very tasty.
Only as I closed the door to my flat behind me did I realise I had forgotten a vital ingredient. Without lemon juice, my lunch would taste pretty uninspiring.
So at 12:30 , I went to the local Tesco. Of course, there was a long lunch time queue. Finally, I reached the check out to hand over my lone lemon.
The check out lady scanned the lemon and said, ‘That’s 32 pence, please.’
I looked in my purse. ‘Oh no!’ I exclaimed. ‘I’ve only got 30 pence.’ Indeed, in the coin compartment there was a small heptagonal 20 pence coin and the larger round 10 pence coin.
‘Oh well…’ I began, pulling out a Â£10 note.
The check out lady held up her hand to stop me. ‘Why don’t you bring the 2 pence next time,’ she said slowly. I could almost see her mentally winking at me.
‘Oh…! Okay. Yes,’ I stuttered.
She smiled as she took my coins. ‘I’m not allowed to do this,’ she confided softly.
Back in the office, I told my colleagues about my 2 pence windfall. They laughed and said, ‘Well, you shouldn’t feel bad about taking advantage of Tesco. Did you see the news today?’
Tesco achieves Â£3bn annual profit
Supermarket chain Tesco has reported underlying annual pre-tax profits of Â£3.13bn, an improvement of 10% on the previous year… The profits are the highest on record for a UK retailer.
I said, ‘Yes, well, you know what they say. Every little helps.’