Can I pay in pennies?
It’s not easy dealing with other people all day, every day. Even the most patient among us have our breaking points.
That said, it takes a special kind of person to be able to work in retail.
Day after day, month after month—and often at ungodly hours—these pillars of our society are used to the rest of us coming in, rain or shine, full price or sale, possibly carrying around children, and probably in bad moods. And we take it all out on them. Clearly, whoever said “the customer is always right” didn’t know what they were talking about.
Retail workers of Reddit were asked to share their absolute worst experiences and the biggest pet peeves that customers always seem to do, and their responses will have you questioning your own behavior the next time you’re at the register!
Can I pay in pennies?
If you hand me a 20 and I ring it up then you pull out some change I want you to know I’m plotting your death.
Its not because I can’t do math and just take the remainder from the till. The reason I tell you I can’t accept the change is because I have already rung up the exhange. Its rung up that you paid with a 20 not a 20 and 56 cents. You will throw my register off at the end of the day and I get chewed out for this. Not to mention its common for scam artists to use this technique then claim I handed back the wrong change. Since its wrong on the receipt I have no way of defending myself against this.
Please also keep in mind. We deal with numbers and various forms of payment for up to 12 hours a day depending on shifts. There are days my brain is just fried. Sitting there and redoing the math in my head will hold up my line. You may not have to deal with angry customers, but I do.
We aren’t stupid or mathematically challenged. Were protecting our own ass when it comes to the boss. It isn’t your job on the line. Have your sh*t together when you go to pay. And if you want to use change announce it if your going to hand me the bills first. A quick “here’s a 20 but I also have some change” will avoid the entire issue. (RealAbstractSquidII)
OMG I HATE THIS! It makes no sense to me how annoyed they act when I take the $20 and not the change. It’s pretty common for people to hand me, let’s say, a 10 for a total of $9.92, I ring it up as $10, and they hand me a quarter […] That doesn’t even make sense! (creepingjennie)
PUT YOUR DAMN CHANGE IN MY HAND!(LondonDude123)
The F Word
“Oh the payment didn’t go through? I guess that means it’s free!” >_> (justpaeshy)
“Oh it’s doesn’t scan? IT’S FREE!” (curiouscat06)
Even worse: “I don’t see a price, must be free.” (middleraged)
A Word About Your Kids
Make your kids behave. You’re embarrassing yourself. (ChrysMYO)
Disclaimer: I was really jaded by this point in retail career.
When children throw a bunch of candy on the counter and pull out a plastic baggie of coins, need you to count it for them, and then have to explain what sales tax is. Also never ending “how much is this?” and constantly switching out what they have on whether or not they can afford it. Happened at the 1 of 2 gas stations of a small town, which made it the local candy store, and parents were at home because the local kids walked there.
Slightly related, 3 kids had gotten ice cream cones and each were paying for their own. Behind them a man waits 60 seconds, then tells the cashier to just add it to his bill. Kids are half way out the door and guy snarks “I got tired of waiting.” (Zee6363)
In the same category, the parents who think your register is the place to teach their kids all about money and counting, instead of at home. They always expect you and the five people in line behind them during little Johnny’s ten-minute transaction from hell to think it’s the cutest and most appropriate thing ever, too. (coraregina)