WARNING - BOB is my alter ego - Bitchy Old Broad.
BOB's adventures are basically rants - some funny - some silly - some stupid - some sad - some just plain bitchy - depending on your point of view. (If you haven't already - you may want to read my post - Meet BOB.) If you prefer not to read rants - STOP READING NOW!!
BOB went to Target one day. The total came to $9.87. I did some quick math in my head and figured I would get 13 cents change from a ten-dollar bill. I don't like pennies - and I don't like dimes even more - so I gave the clerk a ten-dollar bill - and - twelve cents.
She looked at me - she looked at the money I had given her - she looked at the register - she looked back at me - she looked at the money I had given her - she looked at the register - about three times.
I could see that the ten-dollar bill didn't bother her - she had expected that.
It was the twelve cents that she didn't understand.
She started to give it back to me.
BOB told her to "Just key it in." - so she did.
When it popped up 25 cents - she gasped and said "How did you do that?"
Before BOB could decide whether to explain the arithmetic -
or to say -
that while she (the clerk) had probably slept though math class - I had actually paid attention -
my husband said, "Magic!"
I think this story is sad. Some people just don't know simple arithmetic or how to make change anymore - and I think that's sad. If it doesn't show up on the register - they can't figure it out.
I think that's a real shame. Now if I only knew what to do about it.
Maybe if they taught math in school???
But then again - it's probably just me.