I want to tell you about the last two days and a pancake obsession by the Coupon Queen. In this case, that would be Kalisha; however, in all fairness, her mother, (that would be me) does use coupons occasionally and she has seen and heard me do that.
Then she joined the IHOP CLUB (or something similar) and printed off another coupon for a free stack of pancakes with fruit on top.
Now she has 2 coupons for free pancakes. She invited me to go with her and use one of them. I accepted the invitation but told her it would have to be the weekend. Not soon enough, apparently.
Two days ago, I read her post on FB asking what friends would like to go with her to eat free pancakes. She received several replies. One friend didn't have a way to the IHOP on Coldwater and Coliseum, but she had 2 other friends who wanted to go, if their mom could take them. In the meantime, she was going to hedge her bet by calling a 'driving' friend and inviting her.
Okay, now we have 4 people eating pancakes and 2 coupons. Who gets the coupons? Of course, Kalisha was going to use one of them, but she still had a dilemma. She wanted them all to go and wasn't going to uninvite anyone. (I wouldn't have allowed her to do that.)
I told her the only solution was for her to pay for the other 2 friends' pancakes. She agreed. I know her so well and was having visions of her getting there, being caught up in the moment and ordering bacon, eggs, sausage to go with the pancakes.
The mother of the 2 girls texted me and wanted to know the details of this outing since she was making a 50-mile round trip to IHOP. I told her my plan of having Kalisha pay for ALL the pancakes with her debit card and if they wanted anything else, they had to pay. She agreed and said she would send cash for their drinks and they could give it to Kalisha. I started laughing before I even answered her.
This was my text: "No, No No. OMGosh, Patty, do not have them give Kalisha the cash for the drinks. There is no one on the planet who gets more confused about money than Kalisha. LOL"
She totally understood and said her girls were the same with money. Okay, now...I am having reservations about how this will all go down. So....ever wanting to be in control, of course, I texted Anna and told her she would need to be the financier for these 3 girls.
Anna arrived to pick Kalisha up, had NOT read the text and said her coupon could be used by someone else because she liked French Toast and would pay for her own. A little more confusion for Kalisha.
I rehearsed the scenario with Kalisha about 6 times.
"What are you getting with your pancakes?"
"Just a drink."
Who is paying for ALL the pancakes?"
"Me. With my debit card."
"Why are you paying?"
"Because I invited everyone on FB."
Off they went.
I often wonder how many times God will humor me when I get like this about a situation? She came home and said they had a wonderful time. She had pumpkin pancakes with fruit and the girls had their choices. Everyone got just the pancakes and a drink, they paid for their drink and she paid for pancakes.
She asked the manager how to make pumpkin pancakes. He told her. She said he was a wonderful person and so nice (kudos to IHOP) and after all that, she could only use one coupon per visit.
So.....she has a coupon for another visit.
Are you rolling with laughter yet?