A Pointless Exchange

| Right | July 26, 2017

(I work at a bulk foods store where we get lots of American customers, so our cashier’s computers automatically look up the exchange rate online for every purchase.)

Me: “That’ll be $29, sir.”

Customer: “Oh, do you take American money?”

Me: “Yes, absolutely. Let me just get your new total for you”

(This was an unusual year in that, for the first time in 30 years, the Canadian dollar was actually worth more than the American dollar.)

Me: “Okay, your new total will be $31 in American currency, sir.”

Customer: “What? That can’t be right! Do it again!”

(I clear the purchase and start over from scratch, getting the same result.)

Me: “I can assure you, sir, our computers actually look up today’s exchange rate online. Look, you can see it here”

Customer: “No, no, no, this can’t be right. It should be less. I’m going to the bank, and then I’m coming back to set you straight!”

(He never did come back.)

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