The Brief: These Twitter memes ask people to imagine ways in which businesses might take back goods and services if their card gets declined.
Twitter memes are posing the hypothetical scenario “imagine your card gets declined at…” and drawing up situations where a business tries to undo a transaction by sabotaging a customer.
Most IRL instances where someone’s card gets declined are relatively straightforward as a business would refuse service to them or not let them take any goods without payment. These card declined memes, however, present imagined scenes where someone’s card is declined after they’ve received a service, and as retribution, the business tries to reverse the effects of that service. These proposed plots include comically absurd situations and remark on how cruel capitalism can be.
Card Declined Memes
This meme format rose in popularity on Twitter in early September 2020.
Imagine your card gets declined at the movies and they do this to you pic.twitter.com/2X78lAShMe
— bagel jesus (@verystupididiot) September 8, 2020
imagine your card declines at the chiropractor and they choke slam you through a glass table
— ً (@usergrandpa) September 8, 2020
For those who are all too familiar with their card getting declined:
what do u all mean "imagine" if ur card was declined
— thomas 🍌 (@perfectsweeties) September 7, 2020
imagine your card gets declined at the plastic surgeon’s office and they take your new nose back pic.twitter.com/uwRiM4iKDE
— melody ☁️ (@b1ondedd) September 8, 2020
Imagine your card gets declined at a funeral home and they dump the body out the casket
— Its demon time 角質 (@yogurt_grape) September 7, 2020
As long as they don’t take away the Hollywood Sign…
imagine ur card get declined when u hop off the plane at LAX n they take back ur dream and ur cardigan
— احلام (@ah_llama) September 8, 2020
imagine your card gets declined at the massage parlor and they start stressing you tf out
— John (@Jphilippides_) September 7, 2020
imagine your card gets declined and you don’t have healthcare so they just let you die. oh wait that’s America
— ꧁𝕸𝖆𝖉𝖎𝖒𝖔𝖎𝖘𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖊꧂ (@drivingmemadi) September 8, 2020
card just declined at mcdonald’s now the employees are all standing around me in a circle making me sing and dance to sicko mode. they’re all laughing and throwing french fries, one of them dumped a mcflurry down my pants
— milk (@milkinhisbag) September 8, 2020
imagine your card gets declined at the divorce lawyer’s and they make you get remarried
— ceo of antifa (@doinkpatrol) September 8, 2020
Ok, but what on Earth is in the Beyond section?!
imagine ur card gets declined at Bed Bath & Beyond and they drag ur ass to the Beyond section
— KAM#716 | Kam Steele (@kam4ran) September 8, 2020
imagine your card gets declined when you visit the ocean but the whales don’t care because they have no concept of money
— whalefact (@awhalefact) September 8, 2020
Imagine ur card declines at the pharmacy and they swallow all ur pills right in front of u
— ً (@desktwink) September 7, 2020