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Dec. 7, 2019 — No one left behind

A group of four women approached the table, seeking entry to the event.

“We’d hate to give you our sob story,” the leader of the group said, “but this is all we have.”

She spread out an oddment of bills, and the amount to admit the four people was three dollars short.

The dance promotion with which I’m involved on some Saturdays is very much a mom-and-pop operation in many ways. One of those ways is that the promotion doesn’t take credit cards, which seems to befuddle many of the patrons.

But what often befuddles me is that there is now a growing segment of the U.S. population who have gone to paperless or electronic transactions. I was always raised to carry a little money around with me at all times in case of an emergency — “empty bladder, full wallet when you travel,” as they say.

“Three dollars?” I asked the group in front of me.

“Yes.”

Rarely have three bucks come out of my wallet so willingly.