Torture a teen today! More and more kids working in shops and fast food places simply can’t make change without mechanical help. Poor dears. I’m doing my little bit to help; won’t you? When I’m at the counter paying cash I like to hand over my bill, pause just long enough for the cashier to punch it into the register, then say, “Oh wait… I have a quarter!” Then the fun begins.
They stare at my quarter, then at the register, and then I get to watch the wheels start turning as they try to figure out how much change to give back now that the register can’t help them. Sometimes I can almost see smoke coming out of their ears. “Twenty dollars… and twenty five cents… minus fifteen twenty-three. Are you kidding?! Figure that out in my head?” I figure they just need some practice, and I’m more than happy to help with that.
And yes, I realize that not all the arithmetically-challenged people are under the age of 24. But it’s just sad, especially when part of your job involves running a cash register.
We need to increase awareness. Maybe we need a National “Oh Wait… I Have A Quarter” Day!