peeves: math is hard…
I just popped down to our in-house cafeteria to grab a bit of lunch. My total comes up $5.14 and I hand over a $5 and a $1, already working out the change in my head and wondering in what coin denomination it will be tendered.* Before I can even finish my thought of “3 Q, 1 D, 1 P” the cashier asks me, “Do you have 14 cents?”
Ok, really? I gave you $6. Surely it can’t be hard to punch the buttons, get the amount and return it to me. There wasn’t anyone in line behind me, so it didn’t matter if it took a little while. I actually had patted both pockets before giving her the bills, and her query made me pat them again out of habit just to justify saying “No, I sure don’t.” She made a slight tch noise, took my bills then counted out and handed back my change.
The best part? She only gave me 81¢ back.
Annoying as this is, however, it still ranks lower than when you give a cashier an extra buck so that you get back a $5 instead of four $1 bills** and they immediately say, “You gave me too much.” Honestly, just press the buttons and do what the computer tells you!
* Ever since working as a cashier in multiple places†, I always think about the least number of coins for a given amount of change vs. the cashier’s preferred coinage to give back to avoid having to do too many change runs.
** Or similar depending on the total.
† Kroger, Burger King, High School Concession Stand, Baseball Stadium, and my mother’s art store to name a few.