The smiling cashier took my credit card and started punching buttons. As I glanced at the cash register, I was stunned to see the name IRENE MARCOS typed up on the LCD screen.
Loony Mom: "Hay! Miss…that’s wrong!"
Cashier: "Alin, Ma’am?"
Loony Mom: "Tingnan mo ang card ko uli. My name is Irene TUAZON. Not Irene MARCOS!"
Cashier (the annoyance evident in her face): "No, Ma’am. Tama yan."
Loony Mom: "Huh?"
Cashier: "That’s me, Ma’am!"
Loony Mom (drowning in a sea of bewilderment): "Huh?"
Cashier (almost beaming with pride): "I AM IRENE MARCOS."
Loony Mom: "Ikaw si Irene Marcos???"
Cashier: "Yes, Ma’am! That’s me!"
The cashier then proceeded to show me her company ID. She really was named Irene Marcos. She then proceeded to explain that her parents purposefully named her after our ex-dictator’s daughter.
For once, the loony mom was rendered stupefied and speechless.
I did meet The Real Macoy after all.