We all have those wonderful people that come through our lines and want to "round off" that 21.98 by giving us two pennies. I'm all for that. If you don't stand there digging around in a purse large enough to hold provisions for a family of four crossing the Australian Outback, plus a can of hairspray, snacks, keys, a cell phone, a beeper, receipts from every store you ever shopped in the last eight months and a baby's pacifier. Which inevitably gets slopped across my counter as you hunt for those blasted two pennies. LET ME GIVE YOU THE CHANGE. We've got a whole freaking cash office full of it.
But I digress.
I had a perfectly lovely woman - comes in to shop all the time - spends a ton of cash at the Wal-Mart - give me reason to absolutely loathe her and her little daughter too Sunday.
You all know how I feel about Sundays - especially when I'm trying to run the Service Desk by myself.
So this woman and her kid were trying to avoid the lines out on the registers. Her daughter wanted to buy a couple of toys and a some Fruit Roll-Ups. I scan the stuff and give her the total. I remember it VIVIDLY. It was $18.98. And she looks at her daughter and says "Get out your money."
The daughter puts her My Little Pony backpack on the counter, reaches up, unzips it and brings out a grape jelly jar of dimes, nickels and quarters. It was just raining fun this Sunday!
She handed the jar to me and I was thinking "Oh no, I don't want to do this here." There were at least six people in line, all starting to shift from leg to leg and get antsy. What could I do? It IS money.
I dumped it out and started counting.
There were only eight quarters in the whole jar. So that makes $17 dollars in dimes and quarters. I made little piles and then had to double-count the whole thing. OH MY GOD. I swear I don't know what was worse -- huge money orders in small bills or that whole episode. And she still had a good handful of change left.
I finally get done and give the little girl her two pennies in change -- and she asks me "Can I get the rest of this in bills?"
I'm like "No sweetie, I'm all out."
I wish we would get one of those CoinStar machines just to avoid disasters like this.