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What kind of fool am I?
It pains me to think of it.

 12:22 am on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I was raised wrong. Don't let this happen to you. I have been carrying around a $100 bill for about a week; needing to break it, but with enough cash that there was time. As it turned out, I was never in the right kind of place or spending enough in one shot to break the bill. Down to my last $10 in 'spendable' money (plus the $100), I stopped at the grocery on the way back from a walk and got a couple of things. Only $7 and change, but I asked the girl to take the $100, and joked about how I was running out of spendable cash. Turned out to be no problem. Must have been nearing shift end because the drawer was stuffed with cash.

She asked if I minded taking a $50 as part of the change. I really did not want a $50 but wasn't going to say no when she was doing me a favor. (There was a lot of money in her drawer. Don't know why she wanted to dump the $50.)

Instead of $92 and change, she gave me $112 and change; an extra $20. I saw it instantly. She had no clue. I see the TV, follow the news, I now how America works, the god blessed American Way of screwing everybody you can for all you can. Like a schmuck, what did I do? I spread the bills out on the counter. She isn't stupid. (I don't know her, but know her by sight from shopping there.) It took her half a second to see that $110 in change was kind of a lot when I gave her a $100 to start with. So I lost $20, plus I had to actually pay for the stuff I got. What kind of person pays for something when they can screw somebody instead? So - a $27.00 loss by any current standard accounting method. I was raised wrong. Don't let this happen to you. It's too late for me. Save yourself. Cheat your neighbors, customers, and community whenever possible. I'm a bad American example.



 1:47 am on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Instead of $92 and change, she gave me $112 and change; an extra $20.

Just think of the profit you would have made if it was a counterfeit $100 bill :)


 2:36 am on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

A few years ago, I returned a cheque for 500.00 that wasn't owed to me (I'd already been paid in full). If it had been a tax rebate I'd have taken it but from a smallish company that was just a bit confused - no way.



 6:19 am on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm a big believer in karma. The Universe will pay you back one day.


 7:57 am on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

The problem with this is that you may not have been cheating the grocery chain. Sometimes operators have to "till up" at the end of the shift and they can be held liable for any shortages.

I would have done the same. ;)


 3:17 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Back in the 90's, (my AUTOMOTIVE Days), on one sunny Wednesday I picked up a customer who was just looking around the parking lot looking at Heavy Duty Trucks. The dude was very negative by nature; he was cursing left and right and throwing around bad comments about how all car sales people were very bad.

Make a long story short; after about 2 hours of haggling with the guy about the pricing he gave me a down payment(a stack of Cash) for a brand new truck. When I went to deposit the money with the Cashier, instead of $3000, as we discussed, there was $3050. My first thought was that the dude is testing me again. So I returned to him and told him about the problem. He was very surprised and told me he made a mistake, thanked me, and gave me an Extra $100 bill and saying that it was a Tip along with the first 50 due to me being honest. The next day 2 of his friends showed up(no not with the baseball bats) and purchased similar trucks from us. Over the next 3 years between his growing construction business and his friends they have purchased over 40 trucks from us.

What goes around - comes around! Sometimes on the spot and sometimes a bit later.


 3:57 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

What kind of fool am I?

First class!

:-) Sorry, I'm an old Firesign Theatre fan, couldn't resist . . . .

Not a fool at all, these small rays of honor are signs humanity is still out there, somewhere. I do this stuff all the time, even as far as, stopped at a red light, risk getting shot and tell someone their rear-left is almost flat.

It's good to hear (about you, not the flat . . . uh, yeah . . . )


 4:05 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Maybe I should wait a trip or two (so as not to appear obviously manipulating and exploitative) and then hit up on this girl. She's nice, sweet and already knows me to be a fine and worthy man. (There seems to be a severe shortage of women looking for that, but I've already got $27 and change invested in her:))

(I've never gone for the "treat 'em terrible" bad boy approach that seems so popular and effective (until the divorces). What hath my parents wrought?)


 4:25 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

-- severe shortage of women looking for that --

Just don't tell her that was your last 100 beans and you'll do just fine ;)


 10:16 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

The problem with this is that you may not have been cheating the grocery chain. Sometimes operators have to "till up" at the end of the shift and they can be held liable for any shortages.

Its standard procedure in retail that the person on the cash register is responsible for stortages. Otherwise, nothing is stopping them from handing out extra cash to their friends all day long. Unless they are the honest type.... like Mr. Blackwell.

Automan Empire

 12:11 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

--I've never gone for the "treat 'em terrible" bad boy approach that seems so popular and effective (until the divorces). What hath my parents wrought?--

I had the same problem; the only solution is to wait till they grow out of wanting those bad boys; the 40s are better I find. I'm in a good relationship, but I have to beat them away with a stick now.

Sounds like a Valentine's Day dinner a few years ago. The harried waitress left a bill that looked too cheap by almost half; turns out she forgot to add the bar tab. I called her on it, and she was grateful, and my date was impressed. (See good relationship above ;) )


 9:50 pm on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I would never knowingly leave a cashier in a position where the till wouldn't balance at close of business.


 10:57 pm on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I would never knowingly leave a cashier in a position

Me neither. I was at Quizno's once, and handed them a $20. I'm pretty sure that I saw the cashier place the $20 bill in the $10 stack, and then give me change for a 10. She balanced the whole drawer while I watched, but I still wasn't convinced. She gave me the extra $10, but she was disgruntled.

I feel bad if I was wrong, and I should have paid more attention to the bill I handed her. I was sure it was a 20 only because I keep my wallet in numerical order.


 11:28 pm on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

We do not have any retail outlets, but we do shows on occasion. On a transaction that requires change the money goes to the side with a fancy little silver weight on top. The money does not go into the till until the transaction is completed. Without this in-between step (which takes no time) either side can make an innocent mistake, and then neither side can be absolutely sure about trusting the other if there is a question. (Depending upon the show, and the type of people that it attracts, this is also a fraud prevention tool against moneychangers.)

We have a no exceptions policy for CC handling also. They NEVER leave the hand. From the customer's hand to ours, and back to the customer. It is never to be set down for any reason whatsoever. Let them lose it somewhere else because somebody else did not take simple and proper care.


 11:42 pm on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I was working at a non-profit event a while back, and I wasn't familiar with the CC machine. I swiped a woman's card, gave her the tickets, and she went inside for the tour. Then the machine said the card couldn't be processed (because the phone line was dead). The woman who was supervising me was pretty uptight about it, but I grabbed the patron and asked her to come back and pay after the tour.

The supervisor was sure the $30 was gone, and I told her I'd pay it out of my pocket if necessary. She got defensive and said 'no, I wouldn't make you do that'. Sure enough, the patron returned a little while later and I re-ran the card.


 4:32 am on Feb 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

I once recieved $10 too much change from a small business- a sandwich shop near where I worked. I pointed out the mistake to him, and like you, had the evil fleeting thought "what did I do that for? I coulda made ten bucks."

But it made the guy's day. Seriously.
Maybe up to that day, he was thinking that the world was a mean and selfish place and there were no nice people left any more.
Literally for years, every time I walked into that shop or past it, he would smile and wave.

When you do a good deed, it makes ripples.
When you do a bad deed, it makes ripples too.

You did good.


 4:41 am on Feb 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

If it makes you feel better, here's a fictional scenario of the evening after your encounter at the shop:

"How was your day, sweetie?"

"Oh the most amazing thing happened. This guy came in with a hundred dollar bill, and wanted me to break it. and I guess I got confused because I haven't been doing the job very long, and I don't normally have to give out that much change. So anyway I gave him too much.

"Oh no... that's a disaster."

"No it's not. Do you know what he did? He laid it all out in front of me, all the money, and showed me my mistake."

"What an awesome guy! Most people would just take the money and say nothing."

"Yeah I know. The exact same thing happened to Chris last month, except the customer didn't tell her. She had to make it up out of her own pocket."

"So you would have had to pay for the mistake if he hadn't told you?"

"Yep, that or get fired. Or both. And I don't get paid until friday, so how the hell I would have put gas in the car this afternoon, I have no idea. That guy saved my ass."

"Thank God there are good people out there."

"You bet."


 4:57 pm on Feb 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

People need to learn to count, I can't tell you how many times I have to demand more money in change or give some back. The worse part is when they are wrong in their favor they usually get indignant like I'm trying to rip the off.

I was in a local retailer around Christmas and handed the girl a $50 bill. She closes the drawer and hands me back change for a $20. I kindly told her about the mistake but she insists it was $20 and gets loud about it to boot.... was quite satisfying to see her open the drawer and find that $50 on top of the $20's.

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