Not like the old days

gillette2I stood behind an old man the other day when I did some shopping. He asked for a pack of razor blades and the cashier had to go find it. She got 3 different packages of Gillette and asked the man which one he needed.

The old man stared at the packages and stood there thinking a few minutes, he apparently had no idea which he needed. I had plenty of time so I just smiled carefully when the cashier looked at me, probably to check how I felt about waiting, I just felt sorry for the old man. Especially when he finally pointed at one of them and slowly gave the cashier a 50-note (About $7).

The cashier told the man that it cost 160 NOK (about $24) for that package (it is the cheapest one!), the old man had problems catching it and the cashier had to point at the display. He slowly looked in his wallet and started to look for money, he had problems opening it and asked the cashier to help him. The cashier looked at me again, I just smiled – I still had plenty of time. The people behind me changed queue.

She found a 200 note (about $29) and carefully picked it up from the wallet and showed it to the old man, he looked at the cash-display and nodded. He got the cash return and moved slowly away. It got me wondering how long it was since buying razor blades, even I can’t remember when it was under a 50 note. And if it was that long ago I bet the blades he bought doesn’t fit his shaver. I felt more sorry for him and wished there was something we could do to help him.

When I payed and packed the stuff I bought I saw him again on the parking lot, he was moving slowly towards a car. A brand new SUV. That was a bit surrealistic, I pictured him driving a SAAB from ’67. Then I wondered, is it safe that an old man like that drives a car, he didn’t appear very ‘awake’. Oh well, I hoped he got home safe and wished him good luck with the shaving – not out loud.

Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

8 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    I really think that the elderly need to have their driving skills tested annually.

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  2. Nicole says:

    Driving a new car and not knowing what shavers he needs and not knowing the prizes.
    That’s surreal.
    I feel sorry for old people these days.
    I just wondered about all the English words that are used on German television these days. Old people won’t know what on earth the guys on TV are talking about. 🙁

    @Tom
    I’m actually for everyone having a test let’s say every two years.
    When the car needs to go for the government inspection (TUEV) they should test the car owners.

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  3. hi Øyvind,
    Strange story… thanks for sharing it. It’s good you had the time to wait in line so that it didn’t bother you. I seem to always pick the slowest line at the story, and it does bother me! I too would have felt sorry for this man, and I’m afraid the blades won’t work. But it would have been strange to see the new SUV. Very strange… ~ Steve, the trade show guru

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  4. Hehe not many people are as patient as you 🙂

    I’ve been using electric shavers for years now so yeah, it’s been a while for me too to buy razor blades

  5. Ah, that touched my heart. I hope he is able to get the blades into the razor without hurting himself.

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  6. Tom says:

    Good idea Nicole – get the car tested and get yourself tested. Now what was the number for Japan’s Prime Minister again?

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  7. You’re the sweetest Norwegian ever! Such a random and yet compelling read…

    Sometimes I forget to stop by and read your posts (everyones). You have to nudge me occasionally… I always like what you have to say. Thanks for the strangely placed smile… I swear I was there standing next to you in line.

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