Loonie Over A Toonie, Part 4

| Right | October 21, 2016

(I am in line at a check-out watching this. Please note that this is in Utah, which is several states and 1000s of miles from the Canadian border. Though some places in the US close to the Canadian border take Canadian money, I have never seen a store in Utah do it.)

Cashier: “That will be…”

(The customer hands over Canadian currency.)

Cashier: “I’m sorry, we don’t accept Canadian currency. Do you possibly have a card or anything?”

Customer: “It’s good money, and it’s illegal not to accept it.”

Cashier: “It is illegal for us to not accept American money, and it may be true that in Canada it’s illegal to not accept Canadian money, but we’re not under any obligation to accept Canadian money.”

Customer: “Well, the prime minister said this is good enough money.”

Cashier: “Your prime minister. I don’t have a prime minister. I have a president.”

Customer: “I demand you take my money.”

Cashier: “And I’m telling you that I can’t.”

Me: “How much is it?”

(The cashier tells me the small amount.)

Me: “I’ll just pay it.”

Customer: “No. I demand you accept my money.”

Cashier: “Fine.”

(She takes the money. After the customer leaves, she takes me up on my offer to pay and gives me the Canadian currency. Jokes on the other customer, because my parents live in Rochester, NY which is across a Great Lake from Canada, and a lot of places take Canadian money when I go home to visit.)

 

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