October 24th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 25 October 2010

Today's strip is a reminder of why Elly has so much trouble balancing her checkbook; simply put, she assumes that it's the job of everyone in the world to save her from her own idiocy.

(Strip Number 6001, Original Publication Date, 26 October 1981)

Panel 1: We find Elly, who has Lizzie in tow, at her local bank. As Lizzie plays with the pen and the teller's "Open" sign, Elly tells the teller that she'd like to deposit $200 in her checking account, $200 in her savings account and would like to withdraw $100.

Panel 2: As the woman with the glasses looks on in frustration, Elly rummages through her purse and says that she forgot her bank books and (oops) her deposit slips.

Panel 3: She further antagonizes the teller by saying that no, she doesn't know her account numbers and asks them to dig them out of their computer.

Panel 4: As the teller talks to a co-worker about how stupid people are nowadays, Elly slumps off in defeat and thought-bubbles "Try to make their jobs interesting and they sneer all over you."

Summary: We're supposed to pity this disorganized, entitled and ignorant mess because, as Lynn's notes will make clear, she's a busy mother with nooooooooo help and nooooooo time to herself. The problem with that is two-fold. First, it's an insult to every woman who successfully balances all of life's demands. Second, even though she complacently treats clerks and tellers like her servants, Elly Patterson, Consumer from Hell is the same woman who totally loses her shit when confronted with people who make far less irritating and entitled demands of her time. Again, Lynn's notes will explain why a woman who does crap like this is justified in taking a chunk out of a phone book because someone politely says "Just browsing, thanks."