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    Trying To Be The Change You Want To See In The World

    | Canterbury, Kent, UK | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

    (I am at the till, paying for my goods. The bill comes to £10.02. I have a £20 note and some change.)

    Me: “Here you go.”

    (I hand over the £20 note and two penny coins, so I can get £10 change back. The cashier stares at the coins and then hands them back.)

    Cashier: “That’s too much, mate. Don’t need those.”

    (He puts the £20 note through the till before I can say anything and gives my £9.96 in coins. My wallet is bulging. Sighing, I put it away and start walking off only to hear…)

    Cashier: *to supervisor* “Can I get some more change? I’m running really low!”

    Death Of A Sales Pitch, Part 2

    | Peoria, IL, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Math & Science, Money, Themed Giveaway

    (I’m in the process of buying a car. I’ve brought my dad with me to help. The sales manager has spent 30 minutes attempting to tack on paint and interior warranty, which I don’t want. I’m a girl in my early 20s.)

    Sales Manager: “Okay, so let’s try it this way. Instead of 72 months, how about 63 months? Your payment will only be $10 more than the 60 months with no warranty.”

    Me: “Okay, let me run a couple calculations to see how much more this will cost me over the life of the loan.”

    Sales Manager: *patronizingly* “If you’re going to multiply $10 by 63, that’s incorrect—”

    Me: “Actually, that’s not what I was going to do. And I don’t want the paint and seat warranty. Do you think I’m stupid? I have a cum laude business degree. It’s going to cost me a heck of a lot more over the life of the loan for this warranty, which I don’t even need!”

    Sales Manager: *pulls out a binder and plops it in front of me* “Here are all the people who said they didn’t need the warranty but then reconsidered. Take a look at this and how much they saved in repair costs!”

    (I glance at the binder long enough to see that the savings were minimal; in fact, one person spent more on warranty than they did on car repairs. I push the binder back to him.)

    Sales Manager: “You still don’t want it?”

    Me: “Look, I understand that you get commission when you sell this stuff, but I don’t want it. It’s going to cost me more in interest. I want to go with the original 60-month payment. No extended warranty.”

    Sales Manager: “I don’t get commission.”

    Me: “Really? Because you’re pretty insistent in pushing this on me.”

    Sales Manager: *testily* “I believe in the product.”

    Me: “I see. I’m still not interested, thanks.”

    Sales Manager: *glances at my file* “I see you work for [local bank]. What, exactly, do you do there?”

    Me: “I’m a personal banker.”

    Sales Manager: *defeated* “Oh… well, that’s interesting.”

    (I glance over at my dad, who is trying not to laugh. The sales manager quickly finished up my paperwork. Later, my dad posted a picture with me and my new car on his Facebook account, bragging about how I’d ‘smacked down the sales manager.’)

    Death Of A Sales Pitch

    Just Lost Their Chemistry

    | MI, USA | Bigotry, Employees, Math & Science, School

    (I am 20 years old and opening a new bank account. The account manager is trying to make small talk with me while the information processes. I should note I appear to fit the ‘skinny blonde girl’ stereotype.)

    Manager: “So, are you in school?”

    Me: “Yes. I just started my third year.”

    Manager: “And what are you studying?”

    Me: “I’m doing a double major in chemistry and physics.”

    Manager: *stops typing and scrunches her face up a little* “Oh… wow. Really? Science? Are you sure that’s not too hard for you?”

    Me: “Um, yes. I really enjoy it, and I seem to have a knack for it. I just aced a course on relativistic physics.”

    Manager: “I didn’t expect you to say that. I expected something fluffy like interior decorating or fashion design. If you could excuse me for a second, I, uh, need to go get something from the back.”

    (She walks away. Someone else came to finish up the paperwork as the original woman ‘was suddenly called away.’)

    No Bad Pennies In This Bunch

    | Tampa, FL, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Math & Science, Money

    (I usually go through the drive thru to get my morning breakfast and coffee. After I place my order…)

    Cashier: “Your total is only 963 pennies! We’ll have that ready for you at the window.”

    (I pull up to the window.)

    Me: “I’m terribly sorry. I seem to have misplaced all 963 of my pennies. Will you accept my $10 bill instead?”

    Cashier: “Well… I guess I’ll make an exception. But only because you’re such a great customer!”

    Not Quite A Baker’s Dozen

    | Perth, WA, Australia | Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    Me: “Can I have three boxes of your half dozen assorted doughnuts please?”

    Server: “Sorry, but they’re pre-packed and they only come in boxes of six or twelve.”

    Me: “So… I can’t have a half dozen in a box, but I can have six?”

    Server: “Yes, that’s right.”

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