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Are you a cheapskate?

In a climate of economic uncertainty, it’s quite natural for citizens around the globe to want to stretch their dollar further.

Interest rate rises are soaring, electricity is going through the roof; the cost of living in general is increasing well above means. Plus, there’s warning of another GFC on the horizon. But how does one know when one is being tight? When should one stop being too tight? For some, the answer is just too blindingly apparent.


Last week, some friends and I went to buy Subway for lunch. Everything was going well; my chicken teriyaki wrap and mango smoothie had just been made, while the rest of our order was nearing completion. Then all of a sudden we heard this high-pitched whining voice resound out of the mouth of a middle-aged woman complaining that the Subway six-inch sub “had not been cut evenly”.

According to this lady, it happens all the time. Without fail, she is constantly given the smaller proportioned six-inch halved twelve-inch roll which should really measure six-inches and not four. She is ”being robbed” of her money and “something needs to be done about it”. That something was demanding the 16-year-old service attendant to go into the baking cabinet and grab the other half of the roll which he cut into a larger “eight-inch” portion.

In all honesty, where do people get off? The roll was clearly sliced evenly into 2x six-inch subs the first time round. I felt sorry for the poor sandwich artist who probably goes to school and works a job like this where he puts up with domineering, always right customers. “If it’s any consolation, I personally have never seen a roll be cut into two unproportioned pieces,” I reassured the young boy. He smiled.

The diameteres of Big Mac and Cheeseburger buns have decreased dramatically over the last few years alone. The size of toothpaste has down-sized considerably. Sure the box stays the same size, but the tube shrinks from 150ml to 110ml. Are these things to lose sleep over? No. It’s inflation and the corporate world increasing their profit margin.

A very small fraction of our population will imprudently continue to whine about their “paid for a six-inch, received a four inch” Subway roll, forgetting that there are homeless people dispersed in Africa and Asia who can barely feed themselves on a daily basis. I don’t see them complaining that their bread was 1cm short.

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2 Responses to Are you a cheapskate?

  1. Regina says:

    LOVED this! And I could actually hear you speaking it so much I felt as if I was there to experience it along with you.

    This is a great read…funny but also gets the point across: What should we really be worried about in life…sandwich cuttings or the homeless who would be happy to have even a half of the half of that woman’s sandwich to curb their hunger. Selah.

    Thanx Mishy for sharing this.

    One of my favs.


  2. ro says:

    Totally agree with Regina. That kind of woman would complain because the sun sets in the evening and she wants 24-hour daylight!
    Che sera sera. Cheapskates can’t be happy and worst of all they’re probably the very ones who can afford this high-priced world.
    You’ve really got me thinking Mish.
    I may be many things but a cheapskate I’m not!!
    Bravo Mish!! As usual, another thought provoking great read.