It irritates me immensely that every single chain store you walk into expects you to have a card for that particular store. And makes you feel bad if you don't have one.
I signed up for a card for our closest grocery store. But I don't always shop there, sometimes I shop at other grocery stores. So how many of these freaking cards am I supposed to carry around?
I recently signed up for a Walmart card (even though Walmart is evil) because I was buying something big there and there was a large discount associated with the card. I wasn't even out of the store when Walmart freaking texted me. I immediately cancelled the card.
Moreover, I really hate when the person on line in front of me doesn't have a store card, and decides to take the cashier up on their offer to sign up for one. This happened to me recently when there was a HUGE line behind that customer. I mean, seriously. Not a great time to have someone filling out paperwork.
What inspired this post was an interaction I had yesterday at CVS when I attempted to buy a single toothbrush:
Cashier: "That'll be $3.15. Do you have a CVS card?"
Me: "No, I don't."
Cashier: "Would you like to donate $1 to Random Charity?"
Me: "No..." [feels guilty]
Cashier: "Would you like to buy a $10 book of coupons for CVS which has a $50 value?"
Me: "I really just want to pay for this three dollar toothbrush, please."