One of my customers, a fast food executive, gave me some coupons that were good for a double cheese burger or a 6 piece chicken nugget with small fries and small drink. When I redeemed one yesterday the girl charged me for the fries and drink. When I pointed out her mistake she said that my coupon was for a free burger with the purchase of ..... I tried patiently to explain that the coupon didn't say, she quite snootily said "well that's what it means'. Finally she went and got her manager, who might have been 1 year older, and he agreed with her. I knew I was right for 2 reasons, first I can read and second, the executive who gave them to me said they were for a free burger, fries, and drink. I just gave up and paid. The total now was $2.12, then before I handed her my money she saw the singles in my hand and keyed in $3. When I handed her $2.12 she became noticeably irritated. My rant isn't about this one incident but the overall deterioration of education in this country. I constantly hear about how much information is available to kids today and how advanced things have become due to calculators and computers. But go shopping and you find so many kids lacking even basic math skills. Why can't these kids read or make change? We pour more money into our education system than just about anywhere in the world but our children aren't benefitting from the expenditure. I'm not opposed to higher taxes to pay to educate our county's children, even though these higher taxes will soon make me unable to live in my own home. What I do object to is not seeing much return for my money. My children are all grown so I'm not worried about their education, but if you have school aged children you should be worried. You need to verify your childs abilities and if they aren't able to read or make change you need to make a lot of noise with your local school board. Demand the education for your child that you and I are paying for. I sure none of you want your children to be fast food rocket scientists.