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    Customer Variant #3: The Penny Picker

    | Chicago, IL, USA |

    (Everyone has had this customer. They must clone them somewhere.)

    Me: “That will be $2.88.”

    (The customer puts a dollar on the counter and out of her purse pulls a snap-top coin pouch and I know I am screwed. She starts rooting in it, pulling out one coin at a time.)

    Customer: “5, 10, 20, 25, 26, 27…”

    (I void out her sale and wait on the next customer. I ring him up and give him his change.)

    Customer: “Why did you wait on him? I was first.”

    Me: “Well, he had the mystical ability to hand me 3 dollar bills for his key and you are still trying to come up with $2.88, a coin at a time.”

    Customer: “Now you made me lose count! 5, 10, 20, 25, 26, 27…”

    (I wait on several more customers.)

    Customer: “Young man…” (I am 59, btw.) “… can you tell me if this is a penny or a dime?”

    Me: “It is a dime.”

    Customer: “Oh, I want to get rid of my pennies…” *puts dime back in pouch, starts rooting in it again* “… 76, 77, 78…”

    (I continue to wait on more customers until after what seems to be an eon…)

    Customer: “Oh, I only have $2.86. I will have to give you another dollar.” *starts emptying purse on counter*

    Me: “No, no, that will be just fine… $2.86, no problem.”

    Customer: “But I am 2 cents short!”

    Me: “Trust me, not a problem.”