A TRIP TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE
I had to go to the Social Security Office the other day. I wanted to have my check direct deposited to a new bank account. I tried to do it on line, but I couldn’t prove that I was me. It was annoying, but I can understand. I’ll bet lots of old dudes and dudettes get ripped off and have their check sent where they don’t want it sent. People take advantage of old folk, so if the SS office wants to be difficult, that is all right with me.
I went with Mrs. Cranky, she understands banking numbers and stuff like that better than I do as she used to work for a bank; also I find when the bureaucrats give you a hard time, it helps to pull the old man card and act extra stupid while the wife helps them out. Instead of good cop bad cop, we play dumb spouse, smart spouse…somehow it makes them go from mean pricks to helpful.
We had to go and speak to a real person. The office is a zoo. Zillions of people, many not too bright and very old, or young and working the system. Surprisingly enough even though it was crowded the line moved pretty fast. While we waited we people watched.
One elderly lady in particular caught our eye. She was well passed her prime, but not ready for embalming. What got our attention was her heavy facial work. She had lip plumping, cheek lifting, face pulling and eye work. She shouldn’t have bothered as the end result made her look like a really old Michael Jackson imitator…after he overdosed.
Face work lady was having some difficulties about something and was arguing with one of the SS workers. She left the workers booth in a huff and as she passed by she stopped and said to us in a near rage, “Be careful who you take advice from.”
I responded, “Ok, thank you for that.”
She went and sat in a huff waiting for something, when our number was called.
We finished our business, changing the address to send my check and also getting access to the on-line function in about five minutes.
On the way out I stopped by the facelift lady and said, “We got good advice from the right people, thank you!”
I know…I’m a prick…but she just annoyed me!