The new Monopoly
Perhaps I’m already becoming one of those old codgers that hates any change. But is this really necessary? The new Monopoly: Here and Now Electronic Banking Edition.
Monopoly has always had their novelty editions catering to whatever niche you find yourself in. Whether it’s your favorite sports team, or TV show. But I think this new edition highlights a worrisome trend in our society. I’m not concerned that the cheapest property (formerly Mediterranean Ave.) has gone from $60 to $600,000. Or that the railroads are now airports. My beef is with the new cash on card system.
In a world where it’s already hard enough to find someone who can count back correct change in a drive thru, is it really too much to ask that you have basic math skills before embarking on a 3 day long game of Monopoly? We’re not asking anybody to compound interest here. I just need somebody to make change when I buy Ventnor Ave. for $260 and want to pay with my $500. Now just swipe a card. If you ask me this is the Monolpoly: No Thinking Required edition. Is this the kind of behavior we want to encourage?
Mark my words, the day will come when you walk into BK, order some chicken fries, hand the kid behind the counter a twenty, and get nothing but a blank stare for a few seconds while he tries to figure out what to do with it. “Uhh…debit or credit?” he’ll say.