Parents are always sending their junior league howler monkeys up to Customer Service to get change. Change for the vending machines, change for the rocking horse machine thing, change for the phone, change so the kids can try to get a stuffed animal out of the Claw machine. Whatever.
Usually the parent will wait a few feet away by their buggy while Junior or Seniorita comes up to the counter, smiles a gap-toothed grin and asks for change. Really, I don't mind. I was just hatched once too.
Sometimes the parental units are a bit more protective and accompany the kids - but let them do the talking. Remember that old Bill Cosby routine? Cue the Sunday morning fun.
Tiny little boy dressed in blue shorts and a cute little sailboat shirt. And a little hat. And either dirt or the remains of a chocolate bar around his mouth, on his hands and on his nose. He's not howling, so he's one petit garçon très mignon. He has to crane his neck up to look over the counter. He's got three dollar bills in a grip that would make a wrinkled crone looking for a 10-cent coupon on a package of Dulcolax proud.
"CanIgetthreedollarsinquartersplease?" Yuppie Father smiles indulgently. Aw, how cute. You are teaching your howler monkey to say please.
"OK. Let me get them to open my change drawer." And I get twelve quarters.
I lean over the counter so I can give him the quarters directly.
"One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. That's three dollars. Have fun." He smiles at me. Ah, to be young and free and blessed with what seems to be untold riches.
So Yuppie Father is trying to work on today's lesson on manners - because they're obviously not at church. "What do you say?"
Howler Monkey: "All Right." Big grin.
Yuppie Father rolls eyes at me. I chuckle and give him a "It's your kid, I'm really not offended" look. But Yuppie Father decides to wade in again and goes "No. What do you say when someone does something for you?"
Howler Monkey: "Yeah. Thas right."
Yuppie Father retires in shame because his child knows no manners. At least the howler monkey wasn't howling.