Things that just bug ya?

Discussion in 'Community Center' started by 22-rimfire, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I hate that an entire generation of cashiers insist as a matter of standard procedure to give you all of your change, coins and bills, PLUS the receipt to you in one hand while you're fiddling with your wallet in the other. I'll sometimes smile and say, "I can't manage that right now" and get a blank stare or even hostile scowl.

    It wasn't always this way.
     
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  2. annr

    annr

    Nov 15, 2006
    I get annoyed with the cashiers who can't even compute the change and if they do, they can’t count it correctly out of the drawer… then they figure out (after I tell them) that they need to give me ALL the change, and they can’t figure out how to reopen the drawer…and what should take 2” takes 15.
     
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  3. taldesta

    taldesta Retired :-) Time is the Gold Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Applied math competency does seem to be a challenge, not so surprising in these days ... and I feel so bad for the kids staffing such as the ice cream kiosks without tech equipment to help them. They are at a loss .... so I do try to explain to take the cost and count up to the 'cash offered' to make the change, and they are grateful for some forbearance ... but not necessarily the wiser. I have lots of hope that they know much more other stuff that I don't and never will. In fact, I am confident that they know much more other stuff that I don't and never will
     
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  4. taldesta

    taldesta Retired :-) Time is the Gold Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Good grief, I am the same coming through the till ... billfold open, keys in hand, hoping to clear the crowded gate quickly, take my parcels and be out of everyone's way. Yet my organized rush never seems to be sufficient to get me out of the way of the next customer.

    Well. to heck with it. Cashiers ... just stand back and enjoy my smiling face as I proudly collect my plastic and purchases that pay your salary. Of course, I am quietly activist in all this - but it counts :D
     
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  5. annr

    annr

    Nov 15, 2006
    I am not as charitable as you, considering that the register usually tells them what the correct change is. I am understanding in the sense that I know we all make mistakes. I mainly place the responsibility or blame on the employer for not properly training, equipping, and supervising the employees and putting the onus on the customer.

    But truly, some of the staff should be utilized elsewhere or have to pass a basic skills test. Try ordering 1/3 pound of something! Depending on the employee, you have a long training lesson in store!
     
  6. taldesta

    taldesta Retired :-) Time is the Gold Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    I agree, preparation and practice in the basics, training ... are lacking.

    In my example there was no register ... very young kids facing customers, scooping ice cream and calculating in their heads probably as a first for them - yup, I felt for them. I am of a generation that learned math 'the old way' and used it every day - and still enjoy a facility with fractions and decimals that I rarely see practiced - then came metric. Ah yes, divisible by 10!

    But, having my feet in the imperial system, I still feel wind chill in degrees F and speed in mph.
     
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  7. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Heck, I remember my 6th grade teacher called us up one by one to his desk and we had to “test” counting change back to him.
     
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  8. annr

    annr

    Nov 15, 2006
    Yes! The woman (at least 30
    years old) I was thinking of worked in the pharmacy (where think accuracy matters).

    The trouble I’m seeing is that the register may say the change is $1.35, and the employee can’t compute that that means $1 + .25 + .10 = $1.35. Or a 1 dollar bill, a quarter, and a dime. (Or some other combination if they are out of any of those units.)

    (She also commented that the $800+ medication was “free.” Um, no, I’m pretty sure someone is paying for that one!)
     
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  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    If the cash register tells them the change, they can usually handle it. But.... try to make their lives simpler like a purchase for $3.15 and you hand them $4, then go for the pocket for $0.15 to make it even money, they are often lost as they simply can't count in their head and hand you your $1 back. Another twist.... $3.15 purchase and same deal; then you hand them $0.20 because you want less change in your pocket..... huge mistake!! They can't figure out that they owe you $0.05 or in this example hand your $1 back with $0.05 change....

    Most young people don't know how to count out change to a customer. That's a fact. Most can't add 35 + 25 in their head with certainty.
     
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  10. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I’m going to write my congressman to propose common sense legislation regulating the use of umbrellas on crowded sidewalks. Surely they have put out more eyes than knives ever have.
     
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  11. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Yep. Ordered something that cost $3.28. Handed cashier a $5 bill and 28 cents. She seemed baffled for several seconds till I told her: "Give me $2 back."
     
  12. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    That happens more frequently than one would imagine. At least in my experience.
     
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  13. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    But it shouldn't happen at all. I could deal with such things when I was in the 2nd grade.
     
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  14. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    Entirely due to the education system as it existed then and as it is since. Preschoolers are being given devices as a matter of course. Never mind not being taught cursive handwriting anymore. They won't be able to block print the alphabet, never mind learning to count. Or memorize multiplication tables. Or ... or ... or ...
     
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  15. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide

    Aug 20, 1999
    Sunday night was game night. Learned to make change playing Monopoly :)
    Learned to count with dice playing Mensche Agre Dict Nicht (the German version of Parcheesi). Addition? Blackjack :)
    My parents did more than their fair share in my education.
    As I did with my daughter.
    Going to supermarkets and stores (before registers that told you the amount of change) I was encouraged to beat the cashier to the the amount.
    My folks made learning fun.

    The thing that irks me is that Subway makes their sandwiches "upside down" If the bread is right side up the lettuce, tomato, mayo are on the bottom and the meat is on the top.
    I know this shouldn't bother me, or matter, but I growl about it at least once a week.

    That and people who don't put down the chalk right side up on the pool table.
    Just plain wrong!
     
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  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I don't like any of them. Possums will eat most anything in terms of meat. Dead rotting worms.... yum yum.

    On the Subway comment above.... I always place my meat first on the bread for a sandwich and to my knowledge Subway does the same. I suppose they could stack the meat on the lid or top half and build the sandwich if you asked them.
     
  17. Ebbtide

    Ebbtide

    Aug 20, 1999
    If I asked them, and they did it, what would I growl about?

    :D
     
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  18. annr

    annr

    Nov 15, 2006
    This is minor: people talking about their course stones.

    Can't decide if it bugs me, makes me laugh, or merely stops me for a moment.
     
  19. Catdaddy2

    Catdaddy2 Gold Member Gold Member

    289
    Jan 12, 2019
    May sound crazy but I can slow burn when I hold the door open for someone and don't get a thanks.
     
  20. Catdaddy2

    Catdaddy2 Gold Member Gold Member

    289
    Jan 12, 2019
    While I'm on a rant another thing that bugs me is prepaying for gas. It literally kills me to stand there for 30 secs for the last 50 cents to spin off.
     

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