posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 12:47 AM
Yeeaah, sorry but it's true.
It's been true for many years.
Students apparently aren't taught how to make change anymore!
It happens to me so often, that I just expect now!
I bought something for $5.07 the other day.
I had a ten dollar bill, some pennies & a dime on me.
I wanted a $5 bill back. Gave her the ten and a dime & 2 pennies.
She stared at the money for awhile, then said, "You gave me too much!"
I said, I don't have a nickel. It's okay, I'll get $5.05 back!
She still couldn't grasp it. But she punched it in.
She looked surprised that I was right & $5.05 came up!
She handed me the change & was still frowning & looking puzzled as I left!
It happens every time I try to keep from getting a handful of coins back too!
The worst though, was once when I went back to a major chain grocery store,
with a receipt that had $13 worth of mistakes on it!
The produce item that I bought was rung up with the wrong code,
or she didn't know what kind of vegetable it was & guessed.
It was twice as much per pound as what I really bought!
Then there were a couple of things from the marked down cart that rang up at regular price.
And one thing on sale that rang up at regular price. And it wasn't the first day of the sale!
Which means that everybody else that bought it, paid full price too! Nobody else caught it?
I had already figured out at home what the right amounts should be.
I took the slip to the office, along with the items & explained what happened.
The girl working in the office didn't know how to do it, she called the manager.
He came & he couldn't figure it out either! I had to walk him through it.
He apologized profusely & seemed really embarrassed.
I was polite, patient & understanding. But really sad!
What has our educational system done to the younger generation???
When I worked in retail, (I started back before computer registers),
our cash drawers had to come out to the exact penny at the end of the day!
A couple of written warnings & you were gone!
They wouldn't be able to keep anyone these days!
We were trained for 2 weeks & also taught how to pack properly!
No bloody, dripping packs of hamburg on top of candy bars & magazines!
Or bag of flour in with damp, frozen food! Or eggs on the bottom, cans on top!
Or loaf of bread & a 2 liter beverage together in a bag! Sigh...I could ramble all night!!!
So...if something were to happen...there will be lots of problems.
Not the least of which will be people who can't think on their feet!
Plus aren't inventory & reordering done as stuff is rung up?
They could have someone in the aisles with a permanent marker to price things.
They don't have price guns anymore, except maybe for markdowns.
But where would they get enough people?
Plus people would probably cheat & mark their own at a big discount!
Nobody knows how to add large columns of figures anymore either!
Heck, not even small ones! (I have tales about this too, but I'll spare everyone!!!)
Not to mention them not being able to make change from scratch!
Some grocery stores do sell cheap calculators & batteries.
But they probably would have to go through all kinds of red tape,
& get approval from corporate headquarters first!
All sales would have to be final once you left the store!
The only thing that could save them would be training for that possibility.
But what big company would be willing to shell out money to train everyone,
for something that they might never need to use??? Or so they would say!
They would have to ration things & have serious security too!
Yep, I see a huge nightmare/ migraine in the making!!!