For A Few Dollars More, Part 5

, , , , , | Right | November 11, 2020

I’m cashing people out at the register when a man approaches with his check.

Me: “That will be $31.38.”

He hands me a $20 bill and a $5. He then holds up another $5.

Customer: “Can I get some ones for this? I need to leave a tip for my waitress.”

Me: “Sure! But your total is $31.38.”

I hold up the two bills. He nods at me but doesn’t move.

Me: “…”

Customer: “…”

Me: “We’re still about six bucks short.”

Customer: “Oh!”

He slides me the five that he asked to break. I take it, hold out all three bills so that he can see the denominations.

Me: “Um… We’re still a couple of bucks short.”

Customer: “Oh!”

He pats his pockets and then stands there looking at me blankly. I hold the bills almost in front of my face.

Me: *Slowly* “The total is $31.38. You have handed me $30. The remaining balance is $1.38.”

He looks at me for another moment and then at my hands. I see the lightbulb suddenly go off.

Customer: “Oh, gosh! I thought I had given you a ten!”

He quickly digs around in his pocket and produces a ten-dollar bill. I cash him out, give him his change, and then trade one of his fives for ones.

Customer: “I’m so sorry, I don’t know where my head is at today. You must think I’m either crazy or dumb.”

Me: “Don’t worry about it; it’s been an off day. Have a great afternoon!”

Related:
For A Few Dollars More, Part 4
For A Few Dollars More, Part 3
For A Few Dollars More, Part 2
For A Few Dollars More

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