One of my greatest fears is confusing cashiers when trying to check-out at a store or restaurant. For example, earlier today Ben of Bencredible.com and I went to Costco for some fine dining. I bought, and the total came to $5.42 for our pizza and pop combos.
After giving the cashier a $10 bill, I realized I had two cents in my pocket. However, the cashier had already typed $10.00 into the cash register, thus informing him that the change due was $4.58. Based on previous experiences with this type of situation I knew that bringing my two cents into the equation would bring nothing but confusion, thus stalling the check-out line.
So, rather than giving the cashier my two pennies, bringing the resulting change to $4.00 plus 60 cents in shiny silver, I kept my pennies to myself.
This is the second time just this week where I’ve run into this problem.
I’ve tried to figure out what the basis of my fear is. At this point, I think it’s a combination of two things:
I don’t like making cashiers feel stupid when they can’t figure out how to adjust the change based on the presentation of two cents. Thinking beyond the cash register seems to cause a lot of stress that I can help them avoid.
And I don’t like holding up people behind me in line over my preference for pop machine acceptable coins.
Seriously, I should just go to the drive-thru where I have plenty of time to reach under the seat for correct change before reaching the drive-thru window.