Originally Posted by pnac
How did all these businesses operate before the government intrusion into everything, pre-information age?
People paid for goods and services in cash (or gold), for one thing.
How far we have devolved was demonstrated to me just last week. I confess that I went to a Wal-Mart. My purchase was small, and it is always my practice to pay cash at wal-Mart and such stores unless my purchase is moderately large (which is VERY rare). So my turn at the register arrived, I placed my two or three items on the counter and reached for my wallet.
"Credit or debit?" asked the cashier. (No card visible, wallet still in transit from pocket.)
The look on her face when I asked if Wal-Mart still accepts "money" was priceless.