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Cash In Hand Is Worth None In The Bush

, , , , , | Right | March 25, 2021

I do face-to-face work for a ticketing company for public transport. I deal with all sorts of angry, rude, and confused customers on a daily basis for ten hours a day. As there is only one person on for ten hours in a small kiosk, we don’t accept cash nor keep it on-site for safety and security reasons. We have about four signs on the window acknowledging that we don’t accept cash but people still try.

Me: “Hi! How can I help?”

Customer: “I want a [Company] top-up card, please.”

Me: “Sure. There is a deposit of $10; how much credit would you like?”

Customer: “$10.”

Me: “Okay, that will be $20 all together.”

I get the EFTPOS machine ready and place it on the desk in front of him. He places a $20 on the counter.

Me: “Sorry, we don’t accept cash here.”

Customer: *Annoyed* “Wow. Okay.”

He starts going through his wallet to find his card, taking his time. The machine times out so I reenter the total and place it on the counter.

Customer: “It’s strange that a government agency doesn’t accept legal tender. Money is legal tender.”

Me: “We just don’t keep cash on site for safety and security.”

Customer: “Yes, but a government agency should accept legal tender. I’m a bush lawyer so I know what I’m talking about.”

Me: “We just can’t accept cash for safety and—”

Customer: *Condescendingly* “Yes, I know but I’m a bush lawyer and you should be taking my cash because it’s legal tender! Government agencies must accept legal tender!”

Once he was finished going on about being a “bush lawyer,” he reluctantly did the transaction by card. When he left, I looked up the definition of a bush lawyer.

A bush lawyer is a person claiming legal or other knowledge who is unqualified to do so.

I couldn’t contain my laughter!