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    Category: At The Checkout

    Your Very Own Loonie Tunes

    | Waterloo, ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Money

    Cashier #1: “Okay, your total is $5.06.”

    Me: “Here’s a $20, and I think I have a nickel around here somewhere.”

    (Canadians have recently gotten rid of the penny, so we round. I hand the cashier a $20 bill and five cents.)

    Cashier #1: “Here’s your change!” *hands me back a $10 bill and two toonies ($4)*

    Me: “…the total was $20.06, right?”

    Cashier #1: “Yup!”

    Me: “You gave me $14 change.”

    Cashier #1: “Yeah, I don’t have enough change to make the 96 cents.”

    Me: “I gave you $20.06, it cost $5.06. You gave me $14. I’m just missing $1.”

    Cashier #1: “Okay, one sec.”

    (The cashier calls over one of the two other people working the already-slow kitchen.)

    Cashier #1: “Could you get me some change?”

    (There are a couple $1 coins sitting in clear view. It’s clear he’s not understanding.)

    Me: “You know what? It’s okay; I don’t want to hold up the line.”

    Cashier #2: “Okay, no worries.”

    (Cashier #2 still proceeds to grab some money from the till, go to the back, and make small change for Cashier #1, who is doing nothing as the line grows. Cashier #2 comes back, painstakingly sorts the small change, and then Cashier #1 closes the till without giving me change. I then proceed to see one of the other staff offer my drink to someone else, realize it’s not theirs, and throw it out.)

    Me: *sighs* “Clearly, today is not my day.”

    I’m (Cashed) Out Ten Dollars

    | Stoneham, MA, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Money

    (I am finishing a sale at a store and chose to get $10 back.)

    Cashier: “The total is $2.28. Here’s your change.”

    (He hands me $8.72 and I begin to leave but quickly realize what has just happened and go back.)

    Me: “Hi, I just got change back when I wanted ten dollars back. It was a debit card.”

    Cashier: “So you don’t want your change?”

    Me: “No, I was already charged for the purchase. I would like ten dollars.”

    Cashier: *looks at the other cashier on duty* “Okay…”

    (He gave me my money and still looked confused as I walk out.)

    A Whole New Kind Of Drinking Problem

    | ME, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink

    (I work as a cashier. I’m at a large register where I scan a lot of groceries at once. I scan a glass bottle filled with a purple liquid inside.)

    Me: “Would you like your drink left out?”

    Customer: “That’s salad dressing.”

    (Puzzled, I stop and look over at the glass bottle stopped at the belt by a bunch of other items. Sure enough, it’s a brand of salad dressing, in a glass bottle, that I never knew existed!)

    Me: “…so it is!”

    Customer: “I don’t think I’d like a drink of that!”

    Me: “I don’t think so; that’d be nasty!”

    (We both laughed it off, and on the few times I’ve seen her and recognize her, we joke about it!)

    Rated ‘M’ For Mom

    | TX, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Employees

    (My boyfriend and I look nothing alike. He is five inches taller than me, has dark curly hair, and is as thin as a toothpick. He also has a really dark complex. On the other hand I am blonde, have an athletic build, and am freakishly pale. We are in a video game store and he is making a purchase.)

    Cashier: “Okay, sir, this game is rated M for mature, so I need to see some ID.”

    Boyfriend: “Sure, no problem.”

    (My boyfriend starts to reach into his pocket to grab his ID when the cashier notices me.)

    Cashier: “Ma’am, I need to let you know that this game is unsuitable for people under the age of 17 due to graphic violence, blood, and swear words. So I need to see your ID.”

    Me: “Why do you need to see my ID? I’m not buying anything.”

    Cashier: “This game has violence and blood, and may be unsuitable for him, so I have to let his parents know.”

    Me: “I’m not his mother, so there really isn’t a reason for you to tell me or ask for my ID.”

    Cashier: “It is rated M, which is a rating from the ESRB saying that there is graphic violence and blood, and shouldn’t be played by anyone under the age of 17.”

    Boyfriend: “Erm… dude, I’m 20.”

    Me: “I’m 19, and I’m not making a purchase. ”

    Cashier: “If you’re not making a purchase then I’m going to ask you to leave, as your son is not old enough to make this purchase.”

    (At this point I am starting to get self-conscious.)

    Me: “[Boyfriend], do I really look old enough to be your mom?”

    Boyfriend: “Nope.”

    (My boyfriend hands his ID to the cashier, who just continues to look at me expectantly.)

    Cashier: “Ma’am, I need your ID.”

    (My boyfriend ended up asking for the manager, who was just as insistent that I need to show my ID so my ‘son’ can buy a game.)

    Common Sense Takes A Holiday

    , | Australia | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Holidays

    (Due to it being Easter Sunday, management has wrongly predicted a quiet day and we are severely understaffed. I am getting a little frustrated, especially with people making comments about our store being open.)

    Customer: “Why are you even open? You should be at home with your family!”

    Me: *deadpan* “Why are you even shopping? You should be at home with your family.”

    (The customer’s eyes go wide for a split second before he chuckles.)

    Customer: “Touché… I am seriously SO sorry.” *walks away*

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