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    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 8

    | Broomfield, CO, USA | At The Checkout, Money

    (A customer is paying her credit card bill.)

    Me: “Would you like to pay with cash, check, or debit card?”

    Customer: “I can pay with a debit card?”

    Me: “You sure can.”

    (The customer slides her card.)

    Customer: “I don’t remember my pin. I’ll just try one.”

    (The customer’s card is declined.)

    Me: “Do you want to try again?”

    Customer: “No, my mom will use her card.”

    (The customer’s mother tries, but she doesn’t remember her PIN either.)

    Me: “You can pay with cash or a check.”

    (The customer pulls a folded check from her pocket and hands it to me. I open it to see that it’s blank.)

    Me: “Um…”

    Customer: “Oh, am I supposed to fill that out?”

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    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 7
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 6
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 5
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 4
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 3
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 2
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession

    Denomination Fascination

    | New York, NY, USA | Money

    (Note: I am a customer, waiting in line at a bank. I overhear the following conversation between the teller and a customer and his friend.)

    Customer: “I’d like to withdraw $160, please.”

    Teller: “Sure, no problem. How would you like that today?”

    Customer: “Umm, three fifties and a ten, please.”

    Customer’s friend: “Whoa, whoa, wait a second. The bank has ten dollar bills?!”

    No Civility, No Social Graces, No Service

    | North Carolina, USA | Money

    (I am required to ask to see a customer’s credit card and ID if they make a credit purchase over $25.)

    Me: “Can I see your card and ID, please, sir?”

    Customer: “If my father were here, he’d call you a b****.”

    Me: “If your father were here, I’d ask him to leave.”

    Customer: *blank stare*

    Me: “I don’t tolerate that kind of language. Please leave.”

    Customer: *glares at me awhile longer, but eventually leaves the store*

    Why Math Counts

    | Michigan, USA | At The Checkout, Money

    Customer: *hands me two identical coupons*

    Me: “You want to use two 20% off coupons? That takes two dollars off each item. Using a five dollar off one would save you an extra dollar. Would you rather use that one?”

    Customer: “But using these two coupons saves me more.”

    Me: “Actually, you only save four dollars by using those. The five dollar one would save you more.”

    Customer: “But using more coupons saves more money!”

    Me: “That one coupon is worth more savings than those two, though. That coupon would save you a dollar more, and you can use those two 20% ones another day. Five dollars is more than four dollars.”

    Customer: “No, it’s not! I don’t understand how you think that!”

    It’s Gonna Be A Long Call, Part 6

    | Toronto, Canada | Money

    Me: “Thank you for calling [bank], How may I help you?”

    Caller: “Hi, I’d like to pay my bill to [company] for $**.**.”

    Me: “Sure, ma’am. Would you like your confirmation code?”

    Caller: “Sure.”

    Me: “Okay, it’s H–”

    Caller: “How do you spell that?”

    Related:
    It’s Gonna Be A Long Call, Part 5
    It’s Gonna Be A Long Call, Part 4
    It’s Gonna Be A Long Call, Part 3
    It’s Gonna Be A Long Call, Part 2
    It’s Gonna Be A Long Call


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