r/memes 5d ago Ally 1

I feel dumb every time

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u/Penultimate_Player 5d ago

You give the cashier an additional $11 so you can get back your $20

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u/Stetscopes can't meme 5d ago

Made me hurt my brain more reading this lol

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u/tifosi7 4d ago

Big brain time.

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u/gazm2k5 5d ago

Who can afford not to in this economy?

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u/Rich-Champion3421 5d ago

What my dad said when he bought 6 massive turkeys for our 5 people thanksgiving because they were on such good sale, along with "it would be crazy NOT to buy them"

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u/PotentialCrazy1 4d ago

Turkey feast every 2 months.

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u/mrsolo30daycureyolol 5d ago

I laughed way too hard at this

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u/MeesterCartmanez 4d ago

You and me both

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u/DizyShadow 4d ago

Cashier: mf you had $11 all along, what you giving me $20 for

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u/Nosoft6599 5d ago

Brain.exe has stopped working

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u/AweTIYA Ok I Pull Up 5d ago

Do you wish to restart brain.exe

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u/Archqwerty_me 5d ago

yes .

[proceeds to faint]

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u/negligible_advert44 5d ago

loading....

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u/JustaNormalRedditorL What is TikTok? 5d ago

Oh you're finally awake

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u/Ansontrill 5d ago

You were trying to cross the border right?

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u/[deleted] 5d ago

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u/Shitty_Watercolour 5d ago Heartwarming

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u/NotYourNormRedditor 5d ago

That's amazing.

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u/DrowningWraith 4d ago

Clicking this link is worth $11 but I only have a $20

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u/Firewolf06 4d ago

this one is so good, definitely a new one of my favorites

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u/AwefulFanfic 5d ago

Damn you Stormcloaks!

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u/GameboiDS 5d ago

Skyrim was fine until you came along, the Empire was nice and lazy

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u/TurtleHurtleSquirtle 5d ago

Empire was nice and lazy.

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u/greetingitsquandale 5d ago

Bro took buffer overflow to while new chapter 💀💀💀👍

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u/RegretBulky8155 5d ago

Time waits for no one.

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u/C0ll4t3r4lD4m4g3 5d ago

I CAN'T FEEL THE WAY I DID BEFORE DON'T TURN YOUR BACK ON ME (I WON'T BE IGNOOOOORED)

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u/Potential-Praline997 Ok I Pull Up 5d ago

TIME WONT HEALLLL THIS DAMAGE ANYMORE

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u/icome3rd 5d ago

Can we ask chatGPT?

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u/winflow_2 5d ago

The simplest of math though

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u/mrsaknife 4d ago

I have dyscalculia. It’s simple math, yeah. But simple shit like this throws me when I’m not expecting it. It genuinely takes me a second to understand the why behind it. It’s embarrassing AF

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u/tossedaway202 5d ago

21-11 is hard for some people though. 49.5% of the population have below average IQ.

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u/poopellar 5d ago

What would you like to do?

[Wait] [Close] [Start frothing from the mouth and pass out]

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u/WillCraft_1001 https://www.youtube.com/watch/dQw4w9WgXcQ 5d ago

[Start frothing from the mouth and pass out]

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u/boroinside 5d ago

Blue screen error

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u/Mangifera__indica 5d ago

You take off the headset and look around at the hundred other players playing the latest life simulator and pity at your low score.

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u/echoes247 5d ago

Yep I work the register sometimes and when I do I usually don't even bother doing this. The time I would save by giving them less bills back is completely ruined by the time I spend waiting for their brain to realize what I'm asking them. The only time I'll ever do this is if we don't have enough 1s to get through the day.

Then again sometimes the customer is smart and focused on the interaction, sees their total, and gives me exact change or enough small bills to where I can give them their paper change in increments of 5. If this is you, I love you. Thank you.

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u/funyafunyaramen 5d ago

Yes, this is me. Thank you. Love you too.

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u/Chakluxe 5d ago

Can i be loved too?

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u/Gyakko88 5d ago

Depends. Can you give me a 1 so I can give u a 10?

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u/ashesall 5d ago

This is love.

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u/BlincxYT 5d ago

what is love?

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u/RagingBuddha79 5d ago

….🎶Baby don’t hurt me!!…

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u/Dandroid_7 5d ago

Don't hurt me...

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u/RagingBuddha79 4d ago

No more!! 🎶

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u/Rich-Champion3421 5d ago

If you give me $200 right now I'll give you $400 on the 1st of the month.

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u/KeepCalmJeepOn 5d ago

Sorry, I would love to say this is me, but I'm too focused on the scanning of the items, waiting for that one item to not scan, so I can delight you with my ultimate joke, "Well, I guess it's free!" That way you can laugh, I can laugh, and everyone can start clapping.

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u/FraseraSpeciosa 5d ago

Lol, or my personal favorite, customer gives me a 100 bill, I mark it, he says “oh it’s real, I made it this morning”.

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u/knotshure 5d ago

Those pens are worthless. Fake bills just feel wrong because real money has raised ink so it's textured. My check was always the number on the bottom right, as you tilt the bill the color of the number will shift (10s and above). Was a teller at a bank.

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u/Aggravating-Action70 4d ago

Good fakes can pass the pen test so it really is worthless. UV lights are what gets used now

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u/Oofboi6942O 4d ago

So the slpt is that I should only used forged money at a gas station because the clerk probably doesnt have the time to give a shit?

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u/EmptyAdvertising3353 5d ago

I just tell them they did a great job

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u/NonStopKnits 4d ago

When I get extra crispy bills, I mention how they must have been printed fresh this morning and then ask why they didn't bring me some extras. It always gets a quick laugh while I'm trying to separate the crispy money.

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u/Morpheus636_ 5d ago

as I take out my counterfeit detection pen to double-check while they're not looking.

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u/profkrowl 4d ago

I used to remind people who made that joke that there are places that will not take the cash after someone says that. The risk was that if they took it and it turned out to be fake, the person could argue that they told the cashier they made it that morning and get away with it, because the cashier knew it was fake when they accepted it as a trade. It is just a joke that is in poor taste anymore, much like joking about shoplifting.

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u/DADtheMaggot 5d ago

I think this was funny to me exactly one time. After three or four I stopped even giving a pity laugh. I generally enjoy making a boring job more interesting and fun, but for some reason this specific joke is just very annoying.

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u/AndThereWasNothing Professional Dumbass 5d ago

Sometimes a customer will give me a bill and I'll start counting the change and then they'll go, "Oh wait I have change here so you can give me an even amount." And my brain just stops working usually. I had a amount I was counting and now it's different so now I Uuuuuhhhhhhhhh

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u/HunkMuffinJr 5d ago

I proactively give cashiers an excess equal to the ones or tens digits so I don't have to carry coins around all day (diff currency so 1, 5, and 10 are coins). Sometimes it's the cashiers that take a while to think about it though lol.

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u/HoweverItHasToHappen 5d ago

My girlfriend insists on digging around in her purse looking for exact change, where does this rank on the “please stop” scale

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u/CaptPolybius 4d ago

As a person who is occasionally forced to cashier in my store: I absolutely hate waiting for people to dig through their purses for change. Your gf would drive me crazy.

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u/Florida_Man_Math 4d ago

where does this rank on the “please stop” scale

I'm pleased to inform you that your girlfriend is a "Nonna" (Italian Grandmother): https://youtu.be/lXfyRbXNu1Y?t=90

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u/mattyisphtty 4d ago

As the person who is dealing with a complaining baby while standing in line behind your girlfriend... Please hurry the fuck up.

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u/kookyabird 4d ago

Just don’t take your husband shopping anymore. /s

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u/BestNarcissist 4d ago

Fuck your baby, I don't want 87 cents in change

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u/aRandomFox-II 5d ago

It's not really about saving time, in my experience. It's more because the register is short on certain cash denominations.

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u/Zoklar 4d ago

Nothing like someone coming in buying something cheap with a $100 first thing in the morning and ruining your register

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u/dylanbb1233 4d ago

starts shift with new tray with like two 10’s and six 5’s

first two customers use a card and want $50 cashback

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u/FF_BJJ 5d ago

I’m trying to save change, not time

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u/HikingWorm73 5d ago

A woman asked me to do this for her while I was working the register on a really, really busy night and completely shut me down for like 20 seconds. I felt terrible and she got angry but it caught me so off guard

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u/FraseraSpeciosa 5d ago

You can say no, and give out change like normal. Cashiers do have some control over the situation unlike what many bosses will say. I’ve been there too. Situations like this could also mean the customer is trying to pull a quick slide of hand scam on you as well. To me it’s just better to keep it simple, and for me, who is slow it’s math, that means giving back the change in the most simple way possible.

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u/rodeBaksteen 5d ago

Because this trick or also used to scam people, you gotta be sure what you're asking makes sense.

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u/alternaivitas 5d ago

this is everyday cashier interaction

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u/Sippin_T 5d ago

I work in banking, some people are REALLY good at confusing the teller. My co-worker was out on $1,000 at her first job from one of these individuals.

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u/CharlieCharliii 5d ago

It works the other way around too. There were few times when I tried this but they didn’t get it. It happens more often in supermarkets than in small stores from what I observed.

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u/WeakBuy9554 5d ago

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u/MICHELEANARD 5d ago

20+1=21, so 21-11=10

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u/Scorpionbutwithaface 5d ago

Instructions unclear, going to have to file for bankruptcy now...

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u/Qowegishomo 5d ago

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u/wombey12 master_jbt loves this flair 5d ago

I didn't say it, I declared it.

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u/Happy-Bid-5752 5d ago

If you go in and out, the odds of bankruptcy are very low. 10*5=50

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u/WaterDrinkerUltimate 5d ago

But you can’t just declare bankruptcy OP, bankruptcy’s the bad guys.

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u/sender2bender 5d ago

I'm just gonna start giving cashier's an extra dollar and hope they magically turn it into 10.

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u/WeakBuy9554 5d ago

Now explain this to me like I'm three

Just kidding i got it thnks

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u/average_student_sano 5d ago edited 5d ago

Okay, so it's like:

You have 20 in cash. You gotta pay only 11.

Just remember 20 - 11 = 9

Now the cashier asks for $1 and adds it to the 20 to make it 21. The reason is that they could just return the balance as a note of 10, rather than as 9 (or 5$ + 4 1$ bills)

Since 21 - 11 = 10

It's just easier to return the balance as $10

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u/HaikusfromBuddha 5d ago

I need to write this down.

Me has

20

They have

0

They have

20

Me have 0

Give extra dollar

Me have

-1

They have

21

They gave 10 back

They have

11

Me have

10

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u/Trivale 5d ago

You has 20. They need 11. You give 20. You need 9. You give 1. You need 10.

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u/reknae 5d ago

This is what happens in my head.

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u/Depressed_Teen0 5d ago

Ahh this makes sense

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u/AmArschdieRaeuber 4d ago

Always thought I was bad at math. This thread shows me I'm doing alright.

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u/Deep_Fried_Concrete 5d ago edited 5d ago

That's happened to me in Europe. I needed to pay 6€ while having 10€ banknote. I gave 10€ and 1€ coin then asked for a 5€. The cashier asked me why am I paying more and started to explain how 6€ is less than 10€ like I don't know about numbers.

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u/Tulkor 5d ago

huh, here thats totally normal to do to get less coins back... but my country is also still very cash focused so thats probably why

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u/SelfJuicing 5d ago

totally normal to do to get less coins back

When I was in Southern France, there was a machine to exchange paper bill with coins. At that time I thought I'd need some coins to pay for bus fares so I put a 20€, and it gives me 9 2€ coins. A few moments of confusion later I see the fine prints on the machine saying it takes 2€ for each exchange.

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u/Asmuni 5d ago

For every cashier who is annoyed at customers not getting it. There's an cashier annoyed at the customers that 'overpay' because they ain't getting it. Just wait for your €4 change in coins and together with your €1 ask if they want to swap it for a €5 bill.

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u/Tulkor 5d ago

eh i rarely have that problem, like 9/10 times they get it without a problem

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u/indianblanket 4d ago

Had this happen at a McDonald's in the US. Assume exactly $16. I gave her $21. "You gave me too much" "Yes I will need change" "But the 20 covers it. You need to take your $1 back."

"I just want a $5."

She handed me my $1 back and a $5.

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u/GMM_fan 4d ago

Tried to do the same thing at McDonald’s. Gave an extra dollar to get a 5 back instead. The cashier got so confused and called the manager over. Explained to the manager what was happening who also looked confused and just said “we don’t do that kind of stuff here”

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u/Baumpaladin 5d ago

Daily life is full of unwritten rules that in most cases nobody will explicitly teach you about, rather you often will discover them yourselves, at random. Kind of sad honestly that this stuff isn't part of the general education system, because there is a lot of helpful stuff amongst it.

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u/Play_with_allan 5d ago

Pretty sure they teach basic math in school Mufassa.

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u/DADtheMaggot 5d ago

It is in the general education system, at least implicitly. But people have the attitude of “why am I learning this, I’ll never need it in real life” rather than “this is an interesting concept, I wonder where I can apply it in my life”. I still don’t understand why people hate story problems so much, that was always a big part of what made math so interesting to me.

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u/Da-real-obama 5d ago

It’s so much worse if your the cashier.

I was checking an old lady out. Her total was $14.25, she gave a 20. Then said oh wait I got a quarter, she then handed me the quarter. I stared at her like an idiot for a solid 2 minutes. Brain completely shut down on me

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u/captsalad 5d ago

Not only that, but people will try to scam you after you've opened the till and confuse you with how much change they should be getting

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u/8647742135 5d ago

Quick change scam. I don’t blame cashiers for the extra processing sometimes.

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u/Mammoth_Tard 4d ago

I’ve had to stop and re-count the entire till once because some fuckhead tried to convince me he actually gave me a $20 and not a $10. After figuring it out was the only time I blatantly told someone to get out of the store.

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u/SiDStvyt 4d ago

Watched this happen to my coworker in real time when i worked at a safety boot store. Store was busy af, sketchy dude comes in to buy something, leaves, then comes back to say that he was shorted change because he gave a $20 and not a $10.. Coworker started to try and count it out, but it was so busy, they said fuck it and gave the dude a $10 bill. We were $10 short at end of shift.

Since then, I learned that when you're dealing with cash and have a busy rush, stick the cash in a separate spot in the register so that you can make it easier to verify, rather than counting the whole register out.

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u/butt_dance 4d ago

I’ve had someone do this while I was bartending a very busy night. I always take the money, close the check to tell me the change, then look at the bill one more time in my left hand before I put it away and get the change. The guy thought that if he kept arguing with me he’d break my confidence and I’d back down. I didn’t and then he was embarrassed in front of his friends. Asshole.

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u/foxfyre2 4d ago

Someone tried that on me once when I worked as a cashier. Thankfully I had enough confidence to tell him that I will break/make additional change when I've finished with his first request.

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u/KadenKraw 5d ago

"flim flaming"

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u/dadudemon 5d ago

Don't think.

Type in the exact amount she gave you.

Goes faster.

The computer will tell you exactly change.

Speak out loud how much she gave you, right back to her, as you type it in. That can help the customers realize they may be didn't do anything helpful or help them understand how much they gave you.

"Oh, 20.25 it is...and...your change is...$6. Here is $1 and $5 for a total back of $6. Thank you! Appreciate your business."

Train yourself to speak this way and you'll prevent arguments and confusion.

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u/Unnamedgalaxy 4d ago

This doesn't help when they decide they want throw in change after you've already typed in the original amount given.

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u/exposarts 4d ago

Just say sorry too late

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u/dadudemon 4d ago

You can't clear the amount or do you mean after you've registered everything and it spits out the drawer to give them change?

If the latter, that SUCKS. That's the worst possible scenario especially if it is busy. This is what scammers do to try and grt you to miscount, too. So you HAVE to carefully count it.

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u/ranfur8 4d ago

Or just say "sorry, I already registered the amount that you gave me and I need management approval to make alterations to closed bills"

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u/dadudemon 4d ago

Good idea.

Then most customers will say, "Oh, nevermind."

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u/dadudemon 4d ago

You're welcome.

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u/overzeetop 5d ago

Don't forget - the tendered amount goes on top of the till, not into the cash register, until the change is given and received. That way there is no argument about what bills were given ("But I gave you a $20, not a $10" scam). It's been a long time since I worked a register, but some things you don't forget.

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u/unlogical13 5d ago

Checking her out? Was she a gilf?

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u/SexyTimeDoe 5d ago

"Could you please stop looking at me like that and give me my change? You've just been staring at me for like 30 seconds now"

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u/fidgetypenguin123 5d ago

I was a cashier on and off for years many moons ago and same for me. I'm so focused on everything I have to do in that moment especially if I have another customer right after them, that your brain just goes blank with that. I swear some did it on purpose to test you or something lol. Seems like more people than not use cards now but then (15-20 years ago) it was a mixed bag. Now I'm sure it would be easier with how many people use cards but I'm sure there a few that still use cash.

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u/dottydot123456789 5d ago

If you don't get that, try watching paper moon, set in the 30s, the money con still gets me.

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u/Not-Always-On 5d ago

I’m just absent minded.

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u/Sologringosolo 5d ago

as the cashier i definitely do think people are stupid when they dont understand this

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u/Rehaabd 5d ago

We are, but you don't have to rub it in..

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u/LandsOnAnything 5d ago

Be like me, i just put the things down, walk out, go to the next store and buy there... lol i suck

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u/TheMunchiesAreEvil 5d ago

Sometimes I give the cashier extra and then they get confused, how bout that muthafucka

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u/BluShirtGuy 4d ago

I fucking hate that so much.

"it's only $XX.XX, you have me too much"

"yes, so I can get a bill back"

"... But it's too much?"

"whatever, just, give me my change back"

Proceeds to hand me a satchel of coins

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u/kokoberry4 5d ago

I don't think they're stupid when they don't get this.

I think they're stupid when they hand me 50 cents and ask if that helps.

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u/KenHumano 5d ago

Look, I just want to be polite and say I’d like to help you. I have two paperclips and a ball of lint, does that help you in any way?

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u/average_student_sano 5d ago

I just need 5 minutes to process why you asked me for 1$ since I'm dumb to suddenly comprehend a question I'm not prepared for...

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u/typhoonador4227 5d ago

I did maths courses all through my undergrad degree but my brain will explode if someone asks me to do some simple arithmetic on the spot.

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u/master_of_reality_ 5d ago

I can't even remember what I ate this morning if someone asks me on the spot

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u/crappercreeper 5d ago

That is the honest answer, their mind is somewhere else and has to reset.

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u/HotWheelsUpMyAss 5d ago

I work cashier and I see those confused looks when I ask them this.

BUT when i'm on the other side, it's like all my brain cells decide to go on vacation or something like I NEED YOU NOW MY DUDES

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u/Flyytotheskyy 5d ago

its just that after giving money to the cashier i don't want to get some weird questions back like i just want to leave the store asap

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u/GunslingerSTKC 5d ago

To me it’s more like “but I gave you more money than I needed what do you mean an extra dollar?” My first thought isn’t change money.

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u/NFTArtist 5d ago

Usually i pause just because I'm trying to remember if I actually have the change

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u/DebateLucky6596 5d ago

It's not that it's a difficult request, it's just that you surprised them with a request at all. Most people expect to be in and out without any fuss

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u/Mercurionio 5d ago edited 5d ago

The more you work with people directly, the more you like dogs.

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u/selvasoft 5d ago

i do this automatically without even the cashier asking. i have enough change in my wallet. no need for more.

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u/WhatsMan 5d ago

I've been on the other side of this, where the cashier is confused. Total is, say, $16.25, I hand them a 20, a 1 and a quarter, and they're like… "wtf why don't you just give me the 20". Usually they just shrug, punch in whatever amount I handed them, and let the register tell them how much to give back in change.

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u/DeniLox 5d ago

Yeah. Cashiers get confused when I give them $17.06 for a $16.56 total. I’m trying to get quarters back because I collect the U.S. state quarters.

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u/DADtheMaggot 5d ago

This. As long as you give them all the money up front and they can just punch it in, everything will be fine.

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u/Kahne_Fan 5d ago edited 4d ago

It's usually the other way around.

Total: $11

Me: (hands cashier $21)

Cashier: Sir, it's only $11

Me: I did that so I'll get $10 back.

Cashier: (blue screen of death)

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u/Owen_Alex_Ander 5d ago

As a cashier, there's so much going on in the background of my brain about all the non-cashier stuff I have to do at my store that I forget how math works when people tell me how much change they need. It's not that I don't get how it works, but if I experienced this in person I think I would've definitely blue screened.

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u/mhmmgoesthedynamite 5d ago

Same, they’ll hesitantly hand me the dollar back like “you didn’t need to give me this”

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u/AweTIYA Ok I Pull Up 5d ago

Why am i still processing

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u/SklLL3T 5d ago

Let's say something costs 6 bucks.

You hand the cashier 10.

He now owes you 4. But that may be an inconvenient number to return for some reason.

What's the next convenient number in cash?

5

How much from 4 -> 5 ?

1.

He now asks you for 1 so he can give you these 5.

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u/TimmJimmGrimm 5d ago

It isn't a bad place to be and why showers and toilets produce so many creative ideas.

Sometimes i just stare at a blank wall and think of the millions of things that should have been there. But aren't.

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u/KarmaBot_v2 5d ago

This is random af.

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u/NeedlesslyNegative 5d ago

I once gave a cashier 24 (my bill was 19) cause I want a 5 back. I could see him freeze and his brain whirl into action for a solid 3 seconds which made me nervous cause I thought I was the one who was wrong. Then he realized it and gave me the change.

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u/DinoRipper24 I saw what the dog was doin 5d ago

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u/Abu_Sara Shitposter 5d ago

I had a roller coaster of emotions for a few minutes.

‘Yes that makes sense’

‘No no no wait’

‘Oh yeah yeah’

‘Na nah nah wait a minute’

‘Hmmm’

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u/_Ahad 5d ago

I thought this was common courtesy. Giving the cashier exact amounts, or +some extra money such that the return is full notes This is to save time doing math, and save time counting and exchanging money

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u/imagoofygooberlemon 5d ago

I said this in another comment, but its just not something a lot of people learn about or see happening. And esp if they’re younger, its possible they’ve just never interacted with cash enough that its ever come up.

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u/PaBlowEscoBear 5d ago

Register does the math for you. Also, idk about overseas, but in America, your total after tax is basically never an even dollar amount.

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u/dayfaerer 5d ago

No it's not usually an even dollar amount, but $5.76 is easier to give as change than $4.76

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u/Awake0hSleeper 5d ago

Wait do people really not understand this concept ?

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u/RaghuvamsiMC Chungus Among Us 5d ago

It's not that people don't understand, but instead my brain doesn't realise it immediately and after a few seconds I'll be like "ohh". Atleast that's what I think the meme is about

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u/Techy-Stiggy 5d ago

You were busy thinking about something else

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u/pipboyover9000 5d ago

Often times you'll catch people after work with fried brains from using them all day

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u/eq2_lessing 5d ago

It feels like 80% of the people posting here are aliens.

How is this trivial stuff so difficult to grasp?

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u/Multi_Grain_Cheerios 5d ago

It's just deviation from a standard routine that catches people off for a second. Not that we are too dumb for it.

People that use cash all the time probably have it down as more standard as well as cashiers who spend all day with transactions.

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u/imagoofygooberlemon 5d ago

Its trivial to you because you’re familiar with it. The idea of giving someone “more” in order to make easier change just something different that not a lot of people (and esp younger people who don’t interact with cash much) just arent familiar with, so that makes it confusing.

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u/Plati23 5d ago

I find the opposite to be true fairly often too.

Total: $11.23

Give: $21.23

Highly confused looking cashier

Cashier: You gave me too much.

Tries to give back dollar and coins

Me: Trying to somehow politely explain the situation so they just plug the numbers into their computer.

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u/sunlightmarc 5d ago

Skill issue tbh 💀

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u/Shepard21 5d ago

I used to be super insecure that I couldn’t count this on the fly, so I forced myself to learn. Just keep your eye on what you gotta pay and do the additions/substractions in your head until you can do it quickly. It really is a skill issue lol.

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u/PilferingDragon 5d ago

When I was working the drive thru this always baffled me. Why are they overpaying? We'll just let the register do the math to figure out what fancy change shenanigans they're pulling...

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u/Sir_Budginton 5d ago

It’s because in this example the change is $9, so that’s a a $5 bill and 4 $1 dollar bills. 5 pieces of paper in total. But if they give an extra dollar then the change will be $10, so the cashier can just give them a single $10 bill as change.

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u/Aquena71 5d ago

That’s what I’m thinking. So why is everyone confused? Although I am mathematically challenged, I would rather get a $10 bill back than smaller bills.

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u/Verbindungsfehle memer 5d ago

Ikr. It's jist a win-win. Cash registers are usually short on change and I'd rather go around with less coins with me, too.

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u/ThirtyThree111 5d ago

people when they have to actually use their brain and think..

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u/andrew4d3 5d ago

It's exactly the same as you were paying with a bill of 21$ (if existed). Maybe the cashier doesn't have enough bills and coins to give you 9$ back, but he/she has a 10$ bill. But the only way to give you 10$ is if you pay 21$. As simple as that.

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u/fatguylittleshoes 5d ago

The dollar sign goes before the amount...........

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u/flabyblaby 5d ago

I felt the same way. But then dad saw my struggles and sent me to work in a store. And then I learned the ways of the basic addition and subtraction.

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u/MrSillmarillion 4d ago

It's usually the other way around. I'll give the cashier an extra dollar and they stare at me like I'm the moron.

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u/Many-Listen9586 5d ago

For all those who are explaining, I’m pretty sure there’s no need for that because we can all agree it’s not rocket science , I think the OP goal was to manifest how our brain processes the situation in those few milliseconds

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u/Level_Ad_6372 5d ago

Nah, look around this thread and you'll find tons of "ohhh now that makes sense" and "still don't get it" comments

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u/Electronic_Mud5967 5d ago

Dollar sign goes in front

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u/DoomRabbitDaBunny 5d ago

This explains so much about Reddit

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u/DoodleTM Ermahgerd! 5d ago

Reverse:. I give the cashier $21 so they give me back $10, they stare blankly at me.

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u/3rrr6 4d ago

Why you should play monopoly with your kids.

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u/ImportanceBrilliant8 4d ago

The correct response is “sure just give me a $5 and 4 $1’s and I’ll give you that 1$ for the $10.”

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u/StalyCelticStu 5d ago

Contactless payments guys, embrace the future.

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u/Grammar_or_Death 5d ago

Who uses cash anymore? I can't remember the last time I used cash that wasn't a Marketplace purchase.

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u/nszajk Sandy's Cheecks 5d ago

I am not a math cat

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u/meaneyedcat313 5d ago

Many cashiers: Total is $9.61 Me: Gives $10.11 Cashier: Here is your $.39 and $.11 change

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u/EnvironmentalTrip708 5d ago

I'm the opposite and die a little inside every time I give them $21 for $11 and they give me the one back then break the $20 and explain to me how I was dumb and gave them extra. Then I just agree and walk away shaking my head because it's too much effort to explain lol