Make Better Decisions, #9 in a SeriesSubmitted by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous.
I worked at a grocery store for much of high school. A young man (no older than 21, and maybe not that old) came through my line with three items: (1) a pregnancy test; (2) a 6-pack of Cost-Cutter (yes, that was a brand) beer; and (3) a pack of condoms.
This was before ubiquitous debit / credit card access, and in any event this gentleman looked like perhaps he would have continued to subsist in an all-cash economy into the future. So he began to dutifully count out his change and discovered that he hadn't accounted for tax; accordingly, he was roughly 75 cents short. He looked at the three items on the belt and then solemnly pointed at the pregnancy test. "Put that one back."