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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.
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.
What kind of fool am I?
:-) 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 . . . )
(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?)
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.
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 ;) )
I would never knowingly leave a cashier in a position
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.