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novicecrafter
09-13-2006, 06:01 AM
*sighs* well aparently grocery stores are an absolute magnet for suckiness. I was visiting the publix by my house (different one then in my other post). Only needing 3 things I opted for the express lane, well I was there just in time to catch some general customer suckiness.

There was a obviously rich middle aged snob (you could just tell by attitude and the fact she was dripping in expensive accessories/jewelry) at the front of the line. The cashier was an elderly woman. After a good couple minutes of the line not moving we started to get a bit curious at what the hold up was. The rich snob decided that she was going to pay for her purchases in small coins. I dont mean a few bucks in quarters- I mean $6-7 down to the penny. The cashier had to stand there laborously counting each cent. It got so bad that a fellow employee opened up the line next to the express lane because it was too slow!

After the snob left I turned to the cashier " Its really annoying when rich snobs pay in change just because they dont want it in their purse". I said it loud enough that there was a chance she heard as she was walking away. To this the cashier replied "yeah and whats really annoying is that she had a wallet full of 20s and I get blamed for the line being held up".

I know this is small potatoes- but it just seems like everyone is in their own little world and completely oblivious to the world around them. *sighs*

Misanthropical
09-13-2006, 11:46 AM
Don't grocery stores have Coin Star now? Where you put all your change in it and it counts it and gives you a slip of paper you can use for purchasing your groceries?

Ryu
09-13-2006, 12:46 PM
some do but it charges you to use it so if she was such a snob i doubt she'd consider throwing away money when the cashier is paid to count her pennies

CaroPhoenix
09-13-2006, 01:40 PM
My credit union has a coin counter in its lobby. It's free to use. Maybe she should check her own credit union/bank before she lugs her change with her?

Erin
09-14-2006, 04:23 AM
I save my change in a candy tin and take it to the bank when it gets full. (not a very big tin, so it gets full quick)

I think the most money my change tin has held was about $43. I went yarn shopping the day I had the bank change that into easy to carry paper money.

I dont even carry change on me if I can help it. Usually when I have someone (my parents, my boyfriend) with me, I'll give them the coinage. I dont carry a purse, and my wallet doesnt have a coin holder.

0oAmericanGirl
09-14-2006, 05:24 AM
It's like, coins are too low class for some people!

stickycoins
09-14-2006, 05:40 AM
Change is BY FAR my biggest pet peeve at work. I work at a mom-pop, the "corner store". I have rolled $75 in change on some nights. NOT all
quarters. I have started bringing $1s to work just to keep from taking change. Yes, it's worth it to me to pay for a customers $4 pack of smokes(if they are a regular) because it's not just a few of them that bombard me with change. It's almost EVERY one of them. It starts on Tuesday, gets worse on Wednesday, and is unbearable on Thursday. And don't even get me started on the end of the month. You can tell who the welfairies are. But they just gotta have their beer, cigs, and blunts. They never get the cheapest either, its Bud, Marlboro, Newport all the way.

Here are a few examples.....
Last Thurs. No less than 5 people tried to get me to let them "cash in" loose change, none of it rolled, doesn't matter, No how, No way. Against store policy. We are not a bank or a Coin-Star.

Tues. night....woman comes in and clunks down a plastic jug on the counter. She's a regular. She wants me to give her bills for the change because she's going out and doesn't want to be embarassed by using change.:wtf: ?? If she's broke and down to change then why is she going out?

Last night....Guy comes in and asks for a pack of black and milds. He does a change dump. It's only $2.50, I can deal with that, he's the only one in the store. Then he says he might have enough for another pack. I look at what he has left and he doesn't(YAY!). Digs in pocket again, more change AND his wallet. Which has a nice assortment of $1s, 5s, and 20s in it. Now I'm mad....he's just trying to get rid of the change(dimes and nickels). With other customers in line by now. I asked him if he could use bills instead. He insisted on the change so I got $3 out of my pocket and paid for them. He got mad about getting them free. Said he'd never heard of money discrimination before. These are the ones I hate the most...they have bills but use change. They seem to think they're not spending "real" money if it's change.

These people just don't realize that we have to count every cent of what they give us, and if it's a huge amount it takes time. It holds up the line and makes other customers mad because they have to wait, while they look at me like it's my fault.

Sorry if this rant went on too long, but this really does torque my @ss.

dendawg
09-14-2006, 01:24 PM
Not to be an SC, but I think the ultimate solution would be to have a Coin Star machine mounted in the counter. Got too much change? pay 9 cents on the dollar!:devil:

MystyGlyttyr
09-14-2006, 02:36 PM
My local Wal-Mart has this nifty little mini-bank machine in the front of the store...you can go to it and buy money orders, make payments on a Wal-Mart credit card, refill your shopping card, whatever. Sadly, I am a change hoarder, and the only Coinstar machine in town is literally 20 minutes out of my way. So, what I usually end up doing is going to this machine and putting all my loose change into it and putting the amount on a shopping card, so that I don't have to annoy any of the cashiers with my leftovers. I've actually had cashiers acknowledge what I'm doing and thank me for not taking up THEIR time with it!

You wouldn't think this would be a problem, but people still bitch to the EMPLOYEES about what I'm doing! "She's putting all her change in the machine, I wanna buy my money order wah wah wah." ...which wouldn't be so bad if this machine weren't in the lobby of the Wal-Mart Money Center and the woman they're complaining to who has NO LINE and a huge button on her vest that says "Buy money orders here!"

It irritated me enough one day that I turned to the complainer and snarled "You know, if you got shit to say, come say it to my face!" ...*sigh* They never take me up on that...

lordlundar
09-14-2006, 03:34 PM
Of course not. That's because you don't have to put up with their crap. They bitch and whine to the staff simply because the staff aren't allowed to talk back.

Dips
09-14-2006, 06:28 PM
Then he says he might have enough for another pack. I look at what he has left and he doesn't(YAY!). Digs in pocket again, more change AND his wallet. Which has a nice assortment of $1s, 5s, and 20s in it. Now I'm mad....he's just trying to get rid of the change(dimes and nickels). With other customers in line by now. I asked him if he could use bills instead. He insisted on the change so I got $3 out of my pocket and paid for them. He got mad about getting them free. Said he'd never heard of money discrimination before.

If there's a line behind them AND they have bills in their wallet, you can give them a choice. Either pay with the bills now OR pay with coins AFTER you have served the nice customers behind them. Their choice.

LOL at "money discrimination." The stuff these people come up with. It would be really funny to put up a sign:

ATTENTION:

[Name of Business] reserves the right to discriminate against the following forms of payment:

$100 bills used for small purchases.

$50 bills used for small purchases.

Any denomination of counterfeit.

Checks.

Coins used for purchases over $1.

If you feel your rights have been violated under our money discrimination policy, you may complain. It just won't do you any good.

Crazyredhead
09-15-2006, 12:43 AM
My big question is why would you wear all of your jewls and expensive stuff to go to the grocery store? Who are you trying to impress? I'm nervous wearing anything expensive for fear of drawing unwanted attention to myself.

stickycoins
09-15-2006, 06:03 AM
My local Wal-Mart has this nifty little mini-bank machine in the front of the store......

Where oh where can I get one of those?????????lolol I would kill for one.

Dreamstalker
09-15-2006, 02:14 PM
My big question is why would you wear all of your jewls and expensive stuff to go to the grocery store?
My grandmother used to dress to the nines to go to the grocery store; if I was coming along and I was in jeans and a T-shirt, I'd get yelled at and expected to change. Never did understand that :headscratch:

Seems like it could be some sort of generational thing, but I'm not sure what or how...

alphaboi
09-16-2006, 06:50 PM
The Coinstar where I used to work charged a whole 8.9 cents per dollar:eek: ! Oh and they couldn't pay for their orders with the voucher, they had take it to Customer Service and redeem it.

purplecat41877
09-17-2006, 07:23 AM
The Coinstar where I used to work charged a whole 8.9 cents per dollar:eek: ! Oh and they couldn't pay for their orders with the voucher, they had take it to Customer Service and redeem it.

The policy is the same where I work. When I've counted out tills, I've occasionally seen a coinstar voucher in a regular checker till. The checker who accepted the voucher probably didn't know the policy. Either that or s/he refused to follow it.:rolleyes:

Primer
09-18-2006, 12:35 AM
My big question is why would you wear all of your jewls and expensive stuff to go to the grocery store? Who are you trying to impress? I'm nervous wearing anything expensive for fear of drawing unwanted attention to myself.

Back in the days at the animal hospital, we had one woman come in just dripping gold jewelry. Her dog had been in a fight and needed surgery. When we gave her the estimate, she exclaimed, "I can't afford that--I can't sh*t money!" All we could do was stabilize the poor pup as best we could and refer her back to her regular vet.

(I still don't understand having animals {or kids} if you can't afford them.)

My grandmother used to dress to the nines to go to the grocery store.
Seems like it could be some sort of generational thing, but I'm not sure what or how...

I think it was. My mother used to shop at the same grocery store that Lady Bird Johnson frequented, and Mrs. LBJ was always dressed to the nines, also. No, it was not an upscale market; the lady was just frugal!
Seeing her being escorted by her Secret Service guys was always a fun experience when I was a kid.

JuniorMintz
09-18-2006, 06:03 AM
When we gave her the estimate, she exclaimed, "I can't afford that--I can't sh*t money!"

Classy.

I swear, rich people make me crazy. They have an assload of money but are too damn stupid to spend it on the stuff that makes *sense*, like taking care of your poor injured pup or getting yourself or your kids the glasses that you desperately need.

Of course, if they had their priorities straight, they wouldn't be able to own quite so many shiny things. :rolleyes:

Argabarga
09-18-2006, 12:50 PM
The Coinstar where I used to work charged a whole 8.9 cents per dollar:eek: ! Oh and they couldn't pay for their orders with the voucher, they had take it to Customer Service and redeem it.

The one at my work does the same thing, you know, when you're like me, and have hoarded $400 in loose change, you dont' mind the 9% tax because lets face it, are you really going to spend the time wrapping and counting it all yourself? I'll pay the fee to have it done instantly and immediately changed into bills.

The looks and comments I got from folks for voluntarily putting up with the fee was astounding, they treated it as if I was giving the machine my firstborn.

Anakah
10-26-2006, 08:19 AM
When I worked in an actual store I HATED it when they'd pay in change. These little old ladies would keep all their change in little plastic bags and pay like seven dollars in CHANGE.

Now I am lucky. I have a jetsort. Though you'd think with those things would be less annoying.... NOPE. This dude brought in two large containers filled with pennies, dimes and some quarters. Understandably yes, I dump them in a jet sort that sorts everything out but changing bag after bag after bag... Gets annoying. The dude had $575 in change! He could've paid my rent with all that change!

Or my favorite: They "accidentally" spilled their beer or whatever into the bucket filled with coins... I usually don't notice until I pour all the coins in the machine. Once we actually had to take the machine apart cuz there was so much liquid in it. I felt so stupid and mad because the customers were mad at ME for THEIR drink screwing everything up and we ended up shorting them money because it got stuck all through the machine.

Or people will completely confuse me when they hand me a quarter when all they needed was like a dime or a penny or something. Then I feel stupid because I have to add it with the voucher they have and figure out if they gave me enough or what their change back will be. THANK goodness they finally gave us calculators at each counter.

Sorry I got a bit off topic. At least now our casino doesn't accept coin in our slot machines--only bills. So it really minimized the coin intake. But it made it suck more due to the fact that I have to add (on an adding machine) 200 to 250 tickets every night... Along with all the paper work.

symposes
10-26-2006, 10:48 AM
i used to take my coins to the bank, theyd put it in a bag, tag it, and then 2-3 days later it would be deposited, no need for me or the cashier to count it. hehe

Drakstern
10-26-2006, 03:28 PM
The dude had $575 in change! He could've paid my rent with all that change!


Good lord! How in the world did he carry that all in? I mean, that had to be friggin' heavy!

CrazedClerk
10-26-2006, 04:49 PM
I've never been one to hoard change, usually my change gets used up at Convenience stores, fast food restaurants, grocery stores and thrift shops.

However my one beef with change SCs is a lot of times they say something to the effect of "I'm going to pay a bunch of this in coins so I can get rid of this change" except they say it so happy and cheery like that it makes me want to smack them.

It's not fun and games for ME when they pay in change, just means it'll take me longer to count the till at the end of the day. Keep your happiness to yourself pelase.

Seanette
10-27-2006, 02:06 AM
I cling to quarters for laundry purposes (also have been known to confiscate quarters in DH's possession if we're running low. BTW, the plastic tube those cute little mini M&Ms (I call them M&M seeds) come in is just right for quarters). Dimes and nickels get spent either for purchases (I don't think I've ever done over $1 in change that did not include quarters) or given to DH for use in vending machines. I unload pennies when paying cash for a purchase as much as I can, since the things aren't *that* useful these days.

XCashier
10-27-2006, 04:56 PM
BTW, the plastic tube those cute little mini M&Ms (I call them M&M seeds) come in is just right for quarters).
The plastic cylinders that 35mm film comes in works well for quarters, too. One film cylinder holds about $7.00 in quarters.

Tria
10-27-2006, 09:04 PM
I went yarn shopping the day I had the bank change that into easy to carry paper money.

Knitter or crochet?