Monday, August 16, 2010

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

If you think that giving us rolled change helps us out, it doesn't. No cashier (that I know of) likes to take rolled change. Why? Because we have to open it up and count it.

Back before I became the sarcastic and mean cashier that I am today, I was a pretty nice person. I know, I know. Hard to believe, but it's true.

I would happily accept coins rolled in wrappers just like they were bills. I never thought I had to look inside and count it all out.

That is, until the day I took a roll of dimes. I was naive when I saw the boss walk up to me the next day. I thought he was coming to give me a medal for my excellent customer service. Little did I know that I was about to get yelled at because the roll of dimes I took ended up only having 2 dimes in it; one on each end, and the rest was filled with pennies. So the roll I assumed had $5 worth of dimes in it, only had about 40 cents of change inside.

Since then, I cringe when I see people bring in rolled change. Some even get mad when I make them wait to count it out. I don't care though. About 75% of the time their rolls are short a quarter, or a dime, or whatever.

If you HAVE to bring in rolled coins to pay for your shit, don't bitch about it when we open them up and count them one by one. Once again, we are not a bank.

10 comments:

  1. I don't like when people pay with all coins period. I hate to have to stand there and count it, (and usually recount just to make sure) while I have a line forming.

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  2. I hate change. I think everything should cost in dollars. So much easier and not as icky as all that metal stuff jingling around in your bag or pocket.

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  3. or put a sign up that says you won't accept rolled coins. rat bastards

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  4. I remember once when a friend and I tried to pay for gas with coins. The cashier refused to take it unless we rolled it first. Well, honestly, I think he just didn't want to deal with us and thought he was sending us on our merry way to bother the next cashier. Because, how often do teenagers have coin wrappers in their car? So she rolled up $5 worth of dimes, took it back to him, and he opened it up and counted it all out anyway.

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  5. Oh boy.

    Ok, I'm guilty of sifting through the couch and ashtray for change - but I try not to use it when there is a line of people, or I'll ask those behind me if they'd like to go ahead because it's a royal pain in the heinie to wait for someone to count out change. I do tell the cashier I'm practicing for when I'm 90 and need to find that penny that's rolling around in the bottom of my lint-filled purse.

    I was a bank teller for a brief time, and accepted rolled coin from a local merchant. My boss approached me the following day to let me know the coins in every roll the merchant had given me were . . . burned . . . and from that merchant's business, which had suffered a fire in previous weeks. Well, this person owned a few businesses - how was I to know? I mean, we *were* the bank, and I was supposed to tell this ornery fart I couldn't take his coins?

    Hey - if people want to pay in coin, they have to understand it's inconvenient and if it means they have to stand there until it's all counted, so be it. Maybe next time they'll go to the bank and exchange those rolls for bills.

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  6. The local grocery stores all put in those coin-counter machines that give you something like 93 cents on the dollar for loose change. Now they won't take coins at all.

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  7. Ooh, the soapbox!! I had a lady once come in (I work in a sandwich shop) and attempt to pay for $10 worth of food with a jar of pennies!! Not even rolled pennies, mind you. Can you imagine trying to count out 1000 fricking pennies during a lunch rush?? I told her to get her ass to a Coinstar machine and come back when she had real money. She didn't like that very much, but who in their right effing mind tries to pay for takeout food with PENNIES?!?! Fawking moron. I can't stand it when people sit there with a line of patrons behind them and try to dig out exact change. WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??!? Are you going to win some kind of GD award? NO! So get the hell out of the way and stop wasting people's time counting out useless change, for god's sake. If you insist on paying with cash, you need to accept that some loose change coming back to you is part of the bargain. If this is a problem, then get a fawking debit card like the rest of civilization, and it all becomes very quick and dignified.

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  8. Okay, I'll admit it: I was the jerk in line the other day counting out 36cents change. But hey, at least fishing out a quarter, dime and penny isn't as bad as the 1000 pennies thing, right? I wanted to get paper money back, not a bunch more change. But I was quick about it because I could practically hear the cashier (and he had your voice) calling me a jerk.

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  9. Your blog makes me feel so much better. I used to be a nice person too before I started working as a cashier. Then it was like Satan possessed my soul and I became the biggest butt ever. Nice to know some people struggle with this problem too. Love the blog!

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  10. I am glad that I am not alone. I may need to get on something stronger than Zoloft for the irritation my customers cause me!

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