To the Editor:
Even if his tongue was firmly placed in his cheek, Eric Olson’s most recent whine about people who write checks in the grocery store raised my blood pressure.
There are good reasons for using personal checks, among which are: the store doesn’t pay fees as they do with credit card use; we don’t pay interest on the use of checks; debit cards can be a security risk in certain circumstances; and more retail stores are now using electronic processing leaving us with a cancelled check for our records.
Do you also wish to tax people who use coupons? I daresay they use up a lot more time in the checkout lines.
Perhaps you could work on your patience quota rather than think up ways to penalize people who are just trying to get on with their lives.