A Cent-less Waste Of Time, Part 2

, , , , , | Right | August 13, 2020

I am shopping for a couple of items in a supermarket chain with only one till open. I am happy to see only one person ahead of me — an old man in his sixties — and he seems to be done. However, he then unbags his goods and takes out his receipt.

Old Man: “I’ve been overcharged!”

The staff member looks at his goods and runs them through manually as they are all half-price discounts, and the amount tallies with what was on the receipt.

Old Man: “I’ve still been overcharged!”

I start looking at his goods and add up to the clearly-labeled price to £2.79, which is what is on the receipt. The man starts complaining even more that he is being ripped off, and three more staff arrive, but nobody can figure out what is wrong.

Old Man: “I should have been charged £2.60!”

Bear in mind that one of the items is 49p and all the rest are round numbers. By now, there is a long queue and I am sick of this bickering. I speak to one of the staff.

Me: “If he causing all this grief over 19p, then take this 20p coin from my pocket!”

I turn to the man with it.

Me: “Take it and please leave because the rest of us want to finish our shopping.”

Old Man: “No, I want my money from them.”

I pointed out that he was getting his items half-price or better, but he still argued that he was being ripped off. The staff sadly then gave in and gave him 19p from the till. I just hope I cheered them up when I shouted, “Miserable git!” at the man as he left.

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A Cent-less Waste Of Time

Check Yourself Before You Self-Checkout, Part 4

, , , , , | Right | August 12, 2020

We have a national coin shortage due to the health crisis. As a result, our self-checkouts are credit or debit card only. There are bright orange signs in front of the self-checkout area and at each station.

As soon as you scan your first item, there is a prompt reminding you that it’s cards only and asking if you want to proceed. You have to press “no” or “yes” to continue. “Yes” is the second option.

Having read many stories of people managing to ignore the most blatant signs on this site, I have to ask the person manning the area a question.

Me: “Do people still try to pay with cash?”

Cashier: “All day long!”

Related:
Check Yourself Before You Self-Checkout, Part 3
Check Yourself Before You Self-Checkout, Part 2
Check Yourself Before You Self-Checkout

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An Obvious Sign Of Laziness

, , , , , , | Right | August 12, 2020

Customer: “So, that sign over there says you need the store card to get the sale price.”

Me: “Yes?”

Customer: “Does that mean I have to have the card?”

Me: *Slowly, disbelieving* “If the sign says you need the card… do you need the card?”

Customer: *In a “duh” voice* “Yeah?!”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “That’s not fair! I’m not from here! I don’t have the card!”

Me: “You can fill out the form to get the card at the customer service desk.”

Customer: “No, that’s idiotic! I can’t be bothered to go to all that trouble! And I don’t want to go the trouble of carrying your stupid card around!”

Me: “Then I’m afraid you’ll have to pay full price, sir.”

Customer: “Well, how was I supposed to know that?!”

Me: “That’s what the sign is there for.”

Customer: “No! That’s too confusing!”

Me: “You’re right. We really should have a sign that explains it.”

He slams the package of cheese he’s been asking about down on my counter before walking away.

Customer: “F****** smarta** motherf*****!”

I got written up for that, but I’d do it again ten times out of ten.

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Gumming Up The Works With Gum

, , , , | Working | August 11, 2020

My husband and I have just finished picking out shoes to buy. We get in line at the checkout. A cashier with no line calls to us.

Cashier: *Waves* “Hey! I can take you over here!”

We walk to the cashier and put our shoeboxes on the counter.

Cashier: “Did you find everything okay?”

The cashier opens our shoeboxes to make sure everything is there, and a father and preteen son enter the store and walk the wrong way through our checkout line. The son spots a container of gum on the counter.

Son: “Dad! They have gum!”

Father: “How much is it?”

Son: “Fifteen cents.”

Failing to see that the cashier is already in the middle of a transaction, the father takes a piece of gum out of the container, tosses a quarter onto the counter, and walks away without waiting for change. The son also fishes a piece out of the container.

Son: “Is this good?”

Cashier: “Actually, it’s pretty bad…”

The son hands over a quarter.

Cashier: “Wait, I need to give you and your dad change.”

Son: “That’s okay!”

The son walks away.

Cashier: *To us* “Sorry about that.” *Continues to ring us up* “They have no idea what a pain it is to pay for something with a quarter and not wait for change.”

Husband: “Oh? You can’t keep it as a tip?”

Cashier: “It has to go into a pool, with a note explaining why I didn’t give exact change.”

Husband: “Wow. That really isn’t worth it.”

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That’s What He Said… Over And Over Again

, , , , , | Right | August 8, 2020

I am a customer waiting for the cashier. A middle-aged man is currently being checkout by a young woman. He pays with credit, and as soon as he puts the card in, he pulls it out.

Customer: “Oops! I got an error! I pulled it out too fast!”

Cashier: “That’s okay; let me reset this.”

Customer: “I’m sorry, I pulled it out too fast.”

Cashier: “Okay, please try again.”

Customer: *Stares at the cashier* “I pulled it out too fast.”

Cashier: “It happens a lot.”

The man chuckles, pays, and begins to bag his stuff.

Me: “…”

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