Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sneeze Money

I know people get colds. I know people cough and sneeze. What bothers me is when they sneeze or cough up at me when I'm ringing them up. Usually though, I can dodge out of the way.

What I can't stand is when people sneeze into their hands, and then hand me the money that was crumpled into that hand.

I don't want your booger money! But I have no choice but to take it.

It's really hard to cover up that I'm dry heaving. I try really hard, but when my eyes start watering from being so grossed out, I can't stop my natural reflexes.

Most of the time I will pick up the bills by their corners. But it's really hard to do that with coins. Usually I will tell them to set the change on the counters. Then I will spray the hell out of them with Windex.

And then, just like I figured, a few days later I get sick.

So please, if you have to sneeze, sneeze into your arm or something. Not with the hand that has the money in it.


  1. Sorry you get sick from the money. At one of our local walmart stores, a cashier wears blue surgical gloves. I kid you not! Maybe you could try that? Stopping by from SITS and I love cashier stories.

  2. Found you on Really blog. Looks like this is gonna be a great read. Glad I found you :)

  3. A-freaking-men. I saw a co-worker once barely resist taking a swing at a delightful customer who instead opted to just sneeze straight ahead onto the cashier.

  4. I'd have on a mask and wear plastic gloves and put it into a plastic bag to later be decontaminated.


  5. Well that's what they do in front of you when you see it. Imagine what they do the the money that you don't see...

  6. I'm a college prof and the things I see students (who are technically adults...ahem) do are horrifying. Coughing with their mouths open, not washing hands in the bathroom, picking noses, etc.
    I feel for you!
    Stopping by from Lady Bloggers to say hi

  7. Ugh, if someone sneezed on me I'd probably end up in jail for punching the shit out of them.

    I don't even want to know what people do to their money before I get it.

  8. Ewww!! People are so effing NASTY!! I always sneeze into my arm. That's the only place I can think of to sneeze where I'm not going to spread too many germs.

  9. I used to work in retail around the holidays... the temptation to wear gloves was overwhelming! Most disgusting? When people would leave their tissues on the counter after they got done with their purchase. Ew (still twitching several years later and craving Purell!)

  10. (p.s. - forgot to say I'm stopping in from SITS... sorry!)

  11. Too funny! I am picturing you dry heaving at the register! You said it perfect. Don't they realize what they are doing when they sneeze RIGHT into their hand and then grab their money to hand to you? Oblivious?

  12. I wish people realized such things.....



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