Monday, June 30, 2008

I Guess That's What I Get

Last week I spent a day of work in Charlottesville learning about the foreclosure crisis. A group of us drove down together. On the trip back up we stopped at a gas station, and I decided to buy a Gatorade.

I paid in cash, and I knew I had exact change, so I dumped the coins from my wallet (there's a coin compartment in my billfold) into my hand, set them on the counter and quickly sorted out the right ones. I then slid them rest of the way across the counter to the teller, who, apparently, was having a bad day.

"How do you like it when people throw money at you?" he asked.

Slightly confused, I jokingly responded that it would probably make me happy.

"You should not throw money at people! That is very rude," came the teller's stern reprimand.

Still confused, I stood there with a puzzled look, going over my movements in my mind. At no point did I throw money at him, or treat him rudely in any way. All the same, I decided the best policy was just to apologize. "I'm sorry," I said.

"No! You are not sorry. You are rude!" was his retort.

At this point I realized there was no point in standing there, since I had my drink and the cashier had his money. I just walked away, but he kept yelling at me the entire time until I was out of the door.

Crazy stuff.

I walked on up to the guy behind the counter and he says,
"Yeah, whaddaya want?"


empeterson said...

This is why I think Minnesota nice is true. People would not do that kind of thing here. At least I have no experience or knowledge of that.

jacob said...

That guy was obviously nuts, but I'll admit that one of my pet peeves at jobs working cash registers was when people would place their money down on the counter instead of handing it to me. Sometimes there's a reason for it (like, in your case, counting change), but it often comes across as dismissive.

Matthew B. Novak said...

The thing is, the total came out to a dollar and some odd change, so I first handed him the bill, and then did the change thing. So even without the reason for putting the coins on the counter, it's pretty hard to say that I was dismissive or otherwise rude.

Jeff said...

Oh well, it led to a blog post with a Weird Al quote... so all's well that ends well, right?

patric said...

the job would be great if it wasn't for the customers.

Mike said...

Thank you, Jeff! That was driving me nuts.

Sing it with me now: "A! L! B! U! ... Querque!"

Ben said...

I once was on the other end of that. When I worked at the movie theater, during one of the big rushes when I was exhausted, I was reprimanded by a customer for throwing money down on the counter instead of handing it to her.

I apologized, handed her the money, and went on with my job. For all I remember, I might have tossed down the money for the next person.