. . . but I delight in any little act of defiance that I can interpret as Standing Up To The Man.
F'rinstance, back in the mid-'80s one of our local supermarkets did away with the little handheld shopping baskets that single people (like me at the time) love so much. When I complained to one of the employees, he let it slip (just as I had suspected) that the management thought that if everyone used the big carts, they would fill them up with more stuff.
I sweetly informed the store employee that thenceforth I would only be buying as much stuff as I could hold in my hands. I continued to patronize the store, never using a cart. I don't know if I really had anything to do with their actions, but after a number of months the little baskets were back. Maybe there were lots of other shoppers besides me who didn't want to push around a cart when they were only getting a few items.
More recently, I have "done battle" with fast food joints that think they don't make enough money off of me already and want to move away from the restaurant tradition of giving free water. A Carl's Jr. near where I live used to give out their water in cups that had loose-fitting lids that wouldn't stay on. I would tell them that the lids were a problem because my children would invariably spill water all over themselves. They still didn't see fit to use the "real" drink cups, or to get better lids for their complementary cups. So I started keeping a sippy cup in the car. When they handed me my water I would sit there right in front of them and pour the water from the complementary cup into the sippy cup and hand it to BT before driving off. (Was I holding up the drive-thru line? Couldn't be helped.) They have finally started serving their water in regular small drink cups with good lids. Again, probably not just my influence, but it feels good.
So now there's a place near our church (another Carl's Jr.) that has decided they can only give one cup of water for free. For any more after that, they have to charge for a small drink. Believe me, dear readers, I am careful to order water only in proportion to the amount of food I'm buying. I would never order one meal and ask for several cups of water to go with it, no matter how many thirsty people are in the car. Considering that I was getting food for three kids, it would not have killed them to give me some more water. I contemplated this injustice while I was inching my way up to the pick-up window. By the time I got there, I had decided what to do. I told them to cancel the large order of fries I was getting for BT. I got the rest of my food and the water, then scooted down the block to their competition (Jack in the Box) and got BT's fries and another cup of water. JG and BT still had to share a cup, but it held us over until we got to our destination.
Am I petty? Am I small? Maybe. But holding back on a cup of water is pretty small too.
Fight the power.