Cleaning, shopping and money

New Australian $5 note
Reserve Bank assistant governor Michele Bullock with the new note. Photo: Christopher Pearce

I nipped down to the shop late afternoon today. There were a few things I wanted to get from the craft supply store. And new bathroom mats. I’ve spent the last two days scrubbing both bathrooms squeaky clean. Well, almost. I’m not going to tell you what I found. Suffice it to say it was badly overdue.

Who knew vertical, shiny tiles get dusty ?! I ran my hand over them and in no time at all it was covered in little dust bunnies. Oh dear. They are gone now of course.

I don’t like using harsh chemicals or stuff filled with toxins and artificial c***p that creates so many health problems. Most of the time I use water and Enjo cloths. But once a month or so I get a bit more heavy duty.

Homemade bathroom cleaner

A good friend of mine gave me a recipe for homemade shower cleaner. I used it on everything.  Boy did it work a treat!  50:50 white vinegar and Morning Fresh dishwashing detergent. Spray it on. Leave 15 minutes, wash off.  Just thought I’d give you that little top tip. In fact, I may have made it a bit strong ‘cos I had soap suds coming out of the drain onto the floor. Or I may have been over enthusiastic in the spraying. Next time I think I’ll try 1/3 detergent and 2/3 vinegar. Now that I’ve scrubbed the soap scum off (not that there was much  to start with) I figure a regular maintenance clean will work nicely.

Anyway, I digressed –  back to the shopping trip. I nipped into the supermarket too just to pick up a few things. As I didn’t have much, I lined up in the quick checkout queue. At the till next to me was another lady I had chatted to about the cheap strawberries ($2 a punnet). I paid for my shopping. The shop attendant passed me the change. Our bills here are made of slippery plastic these days. A $5 bill slipped out of my hand and fluttered onto the floor. Or so  I thought. But between us the shop attendant and I could not find it anywhere. Then I recalled seeing the woman next to me – the strawberry chat one – with a brand new $5 bill in her hand. I noticed it particularly because it was one of our new issue notes with its whizz bang world first class anti-counterfeiting thingys  and tactile feature for the blind.

She of the strawberry chat had paid at the same time as I did so I thought nothing of it until my change seemed to have done a disappearing act. I distinctly recall seeing her bend over at the time I dropped the money.

Now I’m not saying she took it – but if not – where on earth did it go ?  I told the shop keeper, who started looking for the strawberry chatter.  She was long gone. They did give me another $5 note. An old one.

Got me to thinking. What would you do if you were her ? I would have handed the money back to the person it belonged to. Perhaps she was in dire need of $5.

©  Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace

There is no time left for anything but to make peacework a dimension of our every waking activity.
— Elise Boulding

28 thoughts on “Cleaning, shopping and money

  1. I would not have picked it up but l would have told the lady about the money, as l am disabled & l have trouble picking things up.

  2. I would give it back to you, even if I could really use it, and just trust that the universe might reward me for my honesty. Does it work that way? Probably not. But that’s what I’d do anyway…

  3. Definitely return it, though I can’t help wondering if, and why, she felt she needed it. In situations like this I feel empathy for you and the ‘Strawberry Lady’ but as my parents taught me, honesty, as in returning what’s not yours, is always the best policy. (Love the tip for cleaning the shower, by the way!).

  4. I would have said, “You dropped your change,” as I bent down to pick it up and handed it back to you. I don’t want to believe that someone wouldn’t have tried to return it to the rightful owner instead of pocketing the money and walking away. Except, I was married to someone like that. He always seemed surprised that I would make the kids drop things off at the police station. Lost wallets, jewelry, they never found money in a grocery store though.

    Thanks for the hint about bathroom cleaning. There is never a shortage of dirt in a bathroom. 🙂

    1. It takes all kinds to make the word go round, doesn’t it! My goodness are bathrooms dirt collectors!! I’ve just spent the last 3 days cleaning our two and I’m not done yet. Guess I did too many of those ‘lick and a promise’ cleans 🙂

      1. 🙂 Sometimes that’s all you should do. I’ve been there. Actually, I’m there now. Every time I clean a bathroom, I wonder has anyone other than me noticed how dirty it is?

  5. you know, it is difficult when things happen in this way-I just say the same thing you did-they must be that desperate-then I feel sorry for them and wish them well. Thank you for the cleaning tips. I order everything for a company called Grove-all natural and great prices too.

  6. In my honest opinion, that is just too petty if she took it. I feel that even if one is so hard up, the least they could do is to ask and most times understanding and caring people will support her. Now that will be an unnecessary burden of guilt to bear.

      1. I know it’s small, but I would feel so guilty taking something that’s not mine to take. If she had asked you, you would probably have ended up doing more for her in the longer run 🙂

  7. What would you do if you were her ? Handed it back for sure, but u know that there’re lots of greedy people around the world. This kind of thing happens all the time, don’t worry gal. 🙂

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