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    No ID, No Idea, Part 3

    | Akron, OH, USA | At The Checkout, Money

    (A customer is trying to pay with an unsigned card.)

    Me: “Ma’am, since your credit card is not signed I will need to see your ID.”

    Customer: “Well, I don’t have it. I left it with someone at [department store] because they’re signing me up for one of their credit cards. Can’t you just put it through?”

    Me: “I’m sorry ma’am, no. Do you have another form of payment?”

    Customer: “Oh for God’s sake! This is ridiculous! I’ll be right back!” *storms off*

    (Because she has already put a gift card toward the purchase, I have to wait several minutes for my busy manager to come cancel the transaction before I can ring any other customers. The customer’s signature is still on the pad when she returns.)

    Customer: “Fine! Here’s my ID! And you left my signature up on the screen for anyone to see!”

    Me: “I assure you, no one else approached the register while you were gone.”

    Customer: “Someone could have stolen my identity!”

    Me: “But you left your ID and social security number with a stranger in another store?”

    Related:
    No ID, No Idea, Part 2
    No ID, No Idea

    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?”

    Related:
    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!”

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