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30 July 2002 @ 09:12 am
I just went to grab a bit of breakfast at the cafeteria, and had the following exchange:

Cashier: Okay, that'll be $[total]
Me: Okay. [Hand over a $20, and a couple coins so I don't end up carrying a ton of pennies around]
Cashier: [Looking at the coins] Uh, it's $[total].
Me: Well, if I give you that, the change works out to $[change], it's easier for us both this way.
Cashier: [Stares blankly]
Me: Nevermind. [Retrieves extra coins]
Cashier: [Brightens noticeably] Ah, okay! [Makes change from the $20]
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
Da Horsey Ladysushimare on July 30th, 2002 08:18 am (UTC)
LOL! Don't you know that cashiers are totally automated first thing in the morning? They aren't programmed to deal with change, of either kind!

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Mitchpogo101 on July 30th, 2002 09:12 am (UTC)
Flip a coin
I do that all the time, with about a 50% failure (= being stared at like I'M the idiot) rate. What irks me is that usually I am going out of my way to do a needs-a-lot-of-fives-and-ones cashier a *favor* by tendering $21.00 when the amount due is, say, $15.50 ... but Noooooo ... :P
mcgroartymcgroarty on August 1st, 2002 08:45 am (UTC)
Prices being what they are today, I'm all for creating the 25 cent bill and dropping all coins.

Your cashier certainly sounds like one of the better arguments for this!
Feren: nnyferen on August 19th, 2002 06:19 pm (UTC)
[</i>Your cashier certainly sounds like one of the better arguments for this!</i>]

I refuse to allow the lowest common denominator (read: morons fresh from high school who can't do rudimentary math) to wield that much power.
mattlazycat on September 18th, 2002 05:12 pm (UTC)
This happens with alarming regularity, I find. I give a note plus change so that I get less change or a note back, and they look at me utterly blankly like I'm the idiot. If they just typed how much I gave them into the till, it'd tell them how much change to give back; it's not exactly a demanding task, is it? :)
Brendan: RLroho on September 19th, 2002 07:55 am (UTC)
That's the part that really drives me up the wall. Watching them sit there and stare at me like I'm something that just fell out of their nose, when they have a perfectly functinal 50-pound calculator in front of them! I just wanna say, "Trust me. Tell the register what I gave you, and you'll like what it tells you to give me back."

Had a really odd one last weekend, during the move. Was picking some stuff up for the new kitchen, the total tag came to $32.07. I gave the guy $40.07. He held the bills in one hand, the coins in the other, and just stared at me. For a really uncomfortably long time. Eventually, I said, "You'll give me 8 back?"

The guy looks down at the register, puts the bills in, and takes $13 out to hand to me (still holding the coins). Now, I would've been perfectly justified at this point by taking the extra $5 as 'annoyance tax', but I pointed out, "No, that's too much, you give me 8 back." He stares back down at the drawer a little longer, puts away the $13, takes out $8, and hands it to me. I take it, and leave...but as I walked out the door, I peeked back over my shoulder, and he was still standing there with the coins I'd given him in one hand, and the cash drawer open, staring down at it.

I think I caused a core dump, or something!