four bucksand a lessonfor change
So after I had dinner with my Wolverine family,
I had to stop at the milk depot and
pick up some milk, bread and various things to
take over to my mother's house.
The Milk Depot is a drive through situation
and usually I get this nice lady, about my age who gets
me through fast. Not today.
This place has a system.
After they ring you up
you tell them exactly how much you are
giving them so they bring out the change with the goods.
It's faster than fast food!
Here's how it went down:
young girl (over 18, not by much)
That will be $6.27
I have $10. 27 I said pulling out a ten dollar bill and the change.
it up, brings out the bags and hands them through my window.
Your change is $3.73. Thank you.
You probably didn't hear me say I have the 27 cents
I heard you but I rang it up that you have $10 and the computer says your change is $3.73
Yes but I have $10.27 because I don't want the change.
I am sorry.
I am giving you the change so I get bills.
(Doesn't answer looks perplexed)
Do you know how to make change without the computer?
Me (deciding to pursue this further)
Pretend the power went out and the computer was down...I gave you 10.27 and you had to make change for that. What would you give me back?
I am sorry Ma'am. I do not understand. Do you want me to re-ring for receiving 10.27 so I can give you the right amount? I have to void the first one.
No Thank you. That is really not necessary. Seriously, you have to re-ring?
I will take the $3.73.
Thank you and have a good day.
Thank you and just so you know, the change would have been four bucks.
(which really meant whatever, get lost)Now, people who know me know I am by no means a mathematician. I am a creative, after all! My friend, Pam, a wiz
with numbers, laughs at me when I pull out my tip schedule at lunch.
Maybe it is because I have worked a cash register before.
Maybe it is because I can remember my old high school job at the Big Boy's with that old cash register that did not afford its users the luxury of telling us how much change to give back--we had to count it out. And, if we were short at the end of the day, it was deducted from our pay.
Whatever the reason
I find myself quite concerned
about a generation
even the simplest tasks
like counting change .