Being The Change You Want To See In The World

| MN, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money

Cashier: “Your order is $8.93.”

Me: *gives the cashier $10.03; a ten and three pennies*

Cashier: *with emphasis this time* “Your order is $8.93.”

Me: *looks at what I gave her, counts it up in my head again, and decides that it was correct* “That is correct.”

(The cashier sets the pennies down, opens the cash drawer, puts in the ten, and takes out a dollar bill plus seven cents. They then pick up the three original cents and hand all of it to me.)

Me: *stunned* “Actually, can you exchange this ten cents for a dime?”

Cashier: “Sure.”

They Are Totally Out Of Tune-a

| London, UK | Employees, Food & Drink, Lazy/Unhelpful

(I have just started a new job, and have been trying out a few local cafés for lunch. I find one I like, and start going there once or twice a week. They have a menu written on a big blackboard with various sandwiches, toasted panini sandwiches, salads, and other hot food.)

Girl: *working behind the counter* “Hello, what can I get you?”

Me: “A tuna pasta salad, please.”

Girl: “Sorry, what?”

Me: “A tuna pasta salad.”

Girl: “Tuna…? Salad…?” *looks dubious and goes to get the owner*

Owner: “Yes? What would you like?”

Me: “A tuna pasta salad…”

Owner: “Tuna? We have tuna and sweetcorn?”

Me: “No, sorry; I mean the tuna pasta salad. The one from the salad menu.” *points to blackboard*

Owner: *speaking as if he thinks I might not be understanding him* “We have tuna. Tuna and sweetcorn, for a sandwich. You want a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich?”

Me: “No, no, on your salad menu. Look, it says ‘Tuna pasta salad.’ I presume you don’t have any?”

Owner: *looks at menu* “No. We don’t have that.”

Needs Some Change In Training

| Sweden | At The Checkout, Employees, Money

(This happened when I was paying for coffee and cakes at a fairly upstanding coffee shop. I have just handed over 150kr – approx 14$, for a 113kr bill.)

Cashier: “Do you want the receipt?”

Me: “No, thanks.”

Cashier: *goes to make the coffee*

(I wait, even though coffee is usually served to the tables.)

Cashier: *sees me* “Did you want something else?”

Me: “Uh, yes. I handed you 150, so my change please?”

Cashier: “Oh!” *counts out 4kr and tries to give them to me*

Me: *I’m feeling pretty awkward, so I motion to the till where the last total is shown* “My bill was 113.”

Cashier: *blank stare*

Me: “…That’s 37kr in change?”

Cashier: “Oh!”

(Eventually she got it right. Normally I’d pay with a debit card at this place, and I think I’ll stick to that method from now on.)

Same Saram, But Different

, | USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

(I’ve stopped at a certain coffee chain to get a much-needed drink before class. The actual ordering of the drink goes smoothly.)

Cashier: “Okay, and can I get a name?”

Me: “Sarah.”

Cashier: “Sam?”

Me: “No, Sarah.”

(When I got my drink, the name written on it was “Saram”.)

How To Break Breakfast

| London, England, UK | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(My partner and I go into a local cafe which is well known for employing a lot of young students who can be a bit ditzy. He goes to get a table whilst I go to the counter to order breakfast for both of us. After standing for about a minute trying to catch the attention of the girl who is daydreaming right in front of me she finally snaps to and takes my order.)

Me: “I’ll have a pot of tea for two, an orange juice, a tap water, [Breakfast X], and [Breakfast Y].”

Girl: “Do you want those breakfasts on separate plates?”

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