Yes it's amusing....I'll give you that.
However, I worked for a major retailer in college as a customer service manager and had pretty much the same situation. A guy came in to purchase
some car audio equipment and said the only method of payment he had was gold. Personally, I think he just came to prove a point, but whatever. So,
he goes to the car audio department, picks out his items, and gives the kid at the counter a bunch of gold coins. The kid tells him we can't take it,
and the guy proceeds to launch into a speech about gold. The kid, not knowing what to do calls me
to come talk to the guy. Now, why he would
pull out a handful of gold coins for car audio equipment which at most would have been covered by one, maybe two with change due to him is why I think
it was staged, plus his speech seemed a little prepared, but good of him for finding a way to kill an hour.
Yes, I was aware that gold is legal tender for purchases, however the vast majority of stores today use computer based systems with company approved
pay types, gold/silver/various precious metals are not on the list of pay types and therefore the transaction can not be completed. If people want to
start some huge campaign to change that be my guest. However, due to market fluctuations and the inability or unwillingness to teach people how to
spot fakes I doubt there will be much success. It is not the responsibility of the lowly clerk to debate payment methods, they have their job and the
rules of their job.
As for this guy, he just wanted to make a funny youtube video. Taco bell (at least in my area) has signs posted that they do not accept anything
larger than a $20. The price of gold (last I checked) was about $1475 an ounce. I doubt they had $1474 to give him back as change anyway, and I can
say with a good amount of certainty that they didn't have any other precious metals in the vault to trade or make change. Stores rarely keep more
than $500 in a till and fast food restaurants are often less than that.
Yes, ha ha very amusing, but I don't really think it's amusing to give the poor person in the drive through grief to prove your little point.
Obviously that person already has the most rewarding job on the planet, why not go be an ass to the fast food worker and make that person look like
edit on 17-3-2011 by searching4truth because: (no reason given)