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This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 103

, , , , , | Right | September 1, 2021

I work in a bank, and I’ve just finished counting back a customer’s cash back.

Customer: “Why is my balance only $50?”

Me: “Well, you did have $70, but you took out $20.”

Customer: “I should still have $70.”

Me: “But you took out $20.”

Customer: “Did [Bank] take my money? WHERE IS MY MONEY?!”

Me: “You had $70 in your account.”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “You took out $20 in cash.”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “$70 minus $20 equals $50.”

Customer: “I don’t get it.”

Me: “All right, let’s try this again. Instead of having $70 in the bank, you now have $50 in the bank and $20 in cash.”

Customer: “But why don’t I have $70 in the bank?”

Me: “$50 in the bank plus $20 in cash equals $70 total.”

Customer: “Huh?”

Me: “You don’t have $70 in the bank anymore because you took out $20. $70 minus $20 equals $50.”

The customer stares at me with a confused look on his face.

Me: “$50 in the bank plus the $20 bill in your hand equals $70.”

Customer: “I still don’t get it.”

Me: “Sir, I’m not sure how to explain it to you any other way.”

Customer: “Eh, it’s fine. I must’ve spent the money on something and just forgotten about it.”

I give up.

Me: “Yes, sir, that’s probably what happened.”

Customer: “Makes sense. Thank you!”

He walks out.

Coworker: “Wow.” 

Related:
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 102
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 101
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 100
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 99
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 98

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