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Published:July 13th, 2008 10:01 EST
A Credit Card Machine At Entrance To A Wedding Hall?

A Credit Card Machine At Entrance To A Wedding Hall?

By Robert Paul Reyes

The national divorce rate hovers around 50%, but Americans are eternally optimistic and they plunk down around $30,000 for a typical wedding.

A Credit Card MachineMoney that could be used for a down payment on a house or a new car, is wasted on one day of indulgence and excess. What a brilliant strategy, start your new life together in debt!

It makes more sense to spend a couple of hundred dollars for a quickie wedding in Las Vegas, with an Elvis Presley impersonator presiding over the ceremony.

In Israel some enterprising couples are trying to recoup their losses on their wedding date:

"Guests at an Israeli wedding hall can now insert a credit card into a machine at its entrance, tap in a sum and leave a gift for the bride and groom.

Couples pay 500 shekels (78.36 pounds) to rent the device, which resembles an automated teller machine, and the recorded funds are transferred into their bank account the next day.

The machine, shown being used in the television report, prints out a `deposit` slip with the guest`s name, which can be put into an envelope along with a congratulatory note and inserted into a slot in the device for the couple to retrieve."

Quotation from Reuters

Installing a credit card machine at the entrance of a wedding hall is tacky, inappropriate and presumptuous. Why the hell should I subsidize the prolificacy of idiots who spend as much as $100,000 for a wedding ceremony? The most a wedding couple will ever get out of me is a porn tape to make their wedding night more enjoyable.

If I ever stumble onto a wedding hall with a credit card machine, I will crash the party, guzzle down the free drinks, and slow dance with the blushing bride.