Bedraggle Their Haggle

| Norway | At The Checkout, Family & Kids, Money

(My local grocery store is in a neighborhood with a lot of children, and right next to a primary school, so there’s a lot of kids going there on their own. I end up in line behind two boys, around 10 years old. They are counting their money.)

Boy #1: “I think we’re short.”

Boy #2: “It’ll be fine. We can get it for less; I’ve done it before.”

Cashier: *to the boys* “That’ll be [price].”

Boy #2: “We have [slightly lower amount]. That’s enough right?”

Cashier: “Sorry, it’s not.”

Boy #1: “Oh, please?”

Boy #2: “Yeah, it’s not that much.”

(While it’s a very small amount of money, I understand the cashier’s reluctance. The boys continue to haggle. Seeing this will go nowhere, I decide to step in.)

Me: “Here, I’ll pay the difference.”

(The boys thank me and leave.)

Cashier: “Thank you! It’s not a lot of money, but we have so many groups trying to haggle every day. It’s okay once in a while, but if I let all of them get away with it, my till would be short every day, and I can’t do that.”

Me: “It’s no problem. I’ve been here just after schools out. Sometimes it looks like half the kids there stop by on their way home.”

Cashier: *chuckles* “Sometimes it feels like that, too!”