Thursday, January 08, 2009

Watch Your Change!

Over the weekend, I was out with some friends in what I would term a “ghetto” neighborhood outside of San Francisco. My definition of a ghetto neighborhood is one where there are Bail Bonds businesses around. We stopped at a convenience store where we purchased a small item. One of my friends handed the cashier a $10 bill for the $3 goods. The cashier tried to shortchange him by only giving him $2 back. My friend immediately told him that he had given him a $10. I was nearby, not paying too much attention. My friend said the cashier purposely tried to shortchange him since the cashier immediately provided the correct amount, without even thinking about what bill he had received.

Afterward, my friends and I were talking. The cashier probably often has people stop by who are picking up alcohol on their way home. I bet he tries this trick with a lot of people, especially those who are not sober.

So the lesson is be aware when paying with cash (and credit)!


J. money said...

i hate people like that. it happened once to me when i was living in NYC taking a bus trip to Atlantic City - handed the witch a $20 and she gave me back changes for a $10.

i complained, but little ol' scronny and naive me let it go w/out much a fight. never again!

"fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. It fool me. We can't get fooled again."