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Category: Money

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International Tax Evasion

| UT, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Money

(I am working at the register of a popular clothing store when a woman comes up to my register buying clothes for her children. We make small talk and I find out she is visiting from Canada and leaving in a few days.)

Me: “All right, and your total will be [amount]! Would you like to pay with cash or card today?”

Customer: “Card… Oh, wait, I almost forgot! Shouldn’t this be cheaper?”

Me: “Uh… what do you mean?”

Customer: “Well, I’m from Canada, so shouldn’t I not have to pay tax?”

Me: “Well… I don’t know. I don’t think it works like that with these items.”

Customer: “Couldn’t you just take the tax off?”

Me: “Uh… I don’t think so. It’s just automatically applied to the purchase.”

Customer: “Well, that’s just stupid!”

(She ultimately ended up paying the sales tax.)

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Deserving Of App-lause

| SC, USA | Extra Stupid, Money, Technology

(Our donut and coffee shop offers an app you can load money on and pay with like a gift card. I take an order at the drive-thru and give the customer her total.)

Me: That will be [total].”

(The customer puts her phone up with the app to pay. I scan it and notice she is about 30 cents short. I turn to tell her, reluctantly, since most people start a tirade of “I know I have enough!” as soon as I do, but she is holding exact change out.)

Me: “Oh! Most people don’t realize they are short.”

Customer: *laughing* “They do know the app shows a current balance of their card when they tap to pay, right?”

Me: “No, ma’am. Most don’t read that far.”

Customer: *shaking her head* “I am sorry you have to deal with idiots.”

Me: “Well, they haven’t had their coffee yet.”

Customer: “I’ve worked several retail jobs and in a couple hospitals. Coffee only energizes their stupidity. Have a good one!”

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Making A Senior Mistake

| Orchard Park, NY, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Money, Non-Dialogue

I worked in a Mexican restaurant. We had a senior’s discount but policy states that we have to wait for them to ask for it. We weren’t supposed to just give it to them but sometimes I would just give it to obviously elder folks.

Once, after my standard greeting, I decide I will do so for a grey-haired man. But before he even places his order, he picks up my ‘take-a-penny, leave-a-penny cup’ with one hand, pours it into his palm, and puts all the change in his pocket. He even stares me in the eye the entire time as if to challenge me to do something about it.

To which I decide that he has taken his own senior discount. Too bad, because the one I would have given him would have saved him a lot more.

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Needs To Change Their Attitude To Change

| NY, USA | At The Checkout, Money

Me: *finishing the transaction* “And your total is $13.52 today.”

Customer: *hands me a $10 bill and $3.50 in quarters* “Close enough. Have a nice night!” *leaves*

Me: *fishes $0.02 out of my pocket* “You, too?”

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Will Need A Large Drink After This

| Peterborough, ON, Canada | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Money

(A customer places an order in drive-thru. I give them their total and greet them at the window.)

Me: “Hi, your total is [total].”

Customer: “Sorry, can we add a large drink to that?”

(I ring it in and give them their new total.)

Me: “Okay, with the drink your new total is [$3.00 more].”

(She hands me enough money for the original total.)

Me: *counting the money* “Sorry, I just need another $3.”

Customer: “Okay.”

(She doesn’t move, just smiles at me.)

Me: “Sorry, you were $3 short. Your total was [total] and you only gave me [amount].”

Customer: “…”

Me: “…I need another $3.”

Customer: “I’m just trying to figure out why it costs more now.”

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