At what point in modern history were retail cashiers no longer able to calculate change without the aid of register to do it for them?
Case in point: I went into my local grocery store the other day to purchase a couple of things. The total came up to $6.58 so I handed the girl a ten and two ones. She stood there with a blank look on her face that might just have well of said,"What planet are you from mister?"
I broke the silence and waved my hand in front of her glazed over face and said, "Is that a problem?"
She replied, "You just gave me twelve dollars, why the extra money?"
"That's so I will get a five dollar bill and forty two cents back, otherwise if I would have given you a ten you would have given me three ones plus the change," I said.
I could tell she still either didn't get it or just didn't believe me. None the less she typed in 1...2...0...0... and low and behold the register told her my change would be $5.42. Yes that's right, the register, not common sense told her this.
This my friends is a person who exchanges money all day long with people! Now I'll be the first person to admit I'm an analytical numbers oriented guy, but come on, how hard is it to make simple change?
While I'm on the subject, have you ever handed one of these rocket scientists a few coins after they have punched in the dollars you've given them? You know, the total is something like $55.26 and you hand them sixty bucks, so they type this in, but you find the twenty-six cents in your pocket and give that to them. Smoke starts pouring out of their ears as you see the gears turning inside while they try to figure out how on earth to calculate change now that they have to do it in their mind.
This is when they usually come up with something highly intelligent to say like, "Aaaaa, ummmm." At this point I generally have to tell them how much change to give me...again.
Is this important in the big scope of the world? Maybe not, but it still irritates the crap out of me.
How about you? Any episodes with the monetarily challenged that come to mind?