Do you count your change before leaving the counter?

Singapore
April 23, 2007 10:37am CST
Or wherever? Whenever a salesperson hands you your change do you always count it? Sometimes, I tend to forget to count it specially if it's only a little amount of money. I tend to pocket my change quickly and get out of there because I really hate holding up the line. It's really a big problem specially if the salesperson has inadvertently handed me too much and he has to call me, I feel embarrassed because people might think that I'm a dishonest person when truthfully, I didn't even know how much he handed me in the first place.
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45 responses
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
yup. i still do. but sometimes i really forget aboutit because of some reasons such as being busy or rushing. but most of the time, i really count my change or if i feel so grateful about life, i just give the change as tip to the cashier, only if it is a coin, of course i wouldn't give so much, it would be foolishness. but yes, i do count and i believe in the principle that a dollar cannot be complete without cents.
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@Dumpertaker (1188)
24 Apr 07
I don't check my change for the most part as the cashiers usually count it out into my hand, but if they do not then I do check it.
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@unisis (1674)
• Indonesia
24 Apr 07
i always count my change and it is good practice to count before leaving the counter,I have been seen before when they count and I was not too happy about that,there have been one times where I have not counted my change just because I was in a rush and I just entered it into my pocket. I do not think I would feel embarrassed because some people are really trusting and do not see a need in counting the change ,but when I have been in my house the change is different is less,but I can not come back to that store again and complain about that.
@kevin88 (48)
• United States
24 Apr 07
no never. its a waste of time. whether your short changed or given too much it all evens out in the end.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
yes, i count my change everytime I buy or goin anywhere using cash. Nowaday's, it's hard to find trustworthy people, some may convince you, apparently their about to pool and steal you. So I better keep focus, tending to be strict and certainty to secure myself.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
I confess that although I know that I should count the change when I get it, I tend to forget most of the times. My problems is not as much worrying about holding other people on line, it's just that I simply forget. I've been trying to really pay attention and count all the money that is given back to me as change, but I still have to work more at it :)
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Not really because I usually put the left over change in the tip jar.
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@letzap519 (408)
• Philippines
23 Apr 07
yes i really count my change before leaving the counter well i always do that coz for me a writing should be read numbers and money should be counted... ^_^
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@mailovee (265)
• China
23 Apr 07
Pretty much like you, the mainly reason I dont count my change is that might hold up people behind me which really embarrass me.But when comes to a lare amount of money I will count it.but when I'm in a bank I never do that I think the clerks are much better counter than me,haha.
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@rodeotexas (1154)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I always count my change before I leave. I have been shorted before and I was not too happy about that. There have been times where I haven't counted my chnge just because I was in a rush and I just shoved it into my purse. I don't think I would feel embarrassed because some people are really trusting and do not see a need in counting your change. I may be one of those people so if they called me back over there I wouldn't feel dishonest or anything because I didn't count my change in the first place.
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• Malaysia
23 Apr 07
erm. .it depends on how much change the salesperson actually hand to me.. if it's alot.. then i'll have to count it.. since money is very precious nowadays... but if it's just small change of $1 - $6.. maybe i'll just grab it and put it into my pocket.. without realizing i might get the over or too litle change.. do you think it's a must to count our change? i think if i get more from the salesperson.. it's not my fault.. because he/she does the calculation.. and if there's any mistake with it.. they'll just have to bear the losses.. do you think so? :)
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• Singapore
23 Apr 07
My friend has the same philosophy. But for me, I always try to give back the extra...if I got to count the change, that is.
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• United States
23 Apr 07
I can't say that I ever count the change... mainly just the dollars. I use my debit card alot so even if there is "change" to be returned it is usually a $10 or a $20. My coins typically get tossed into my purse. I feel bad holding up the line to put my money in my wallet or my debit card back in the slot. Drives my husband crazy! He can't figure out why I don't ever write anything in the checkbook. It's not because I'm too lazy, I just feel people staring at me if I'm holding up everyone trying to write the numbers down.
• Singapore
23 Apr 07
Oh same here. I envy my friends who has the time to fix the bills properly before putting it on their wallet and doesn't feel intimidated by the persons behind them. My purse is usually a mess of bills and coins after I'm done shopping coz I usually put it all there and don't bother fixing or counting the change because I'm so worried of holding up people behind me.
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• Canada
23 Apr 07
Yeah i always count the change and it is good practice to count before leaving the counter.
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@Netmoney (144)
• United States
24 Apr 07
A good practice indeed. I once bought something that totalled $85. Do you know I had a department store employee (I won't mention the name) who did not know how much change to give me when I gave them a $100 bill?!??! Always count your money because you never know how intelligent the person behind the counter is even when they have a register in front of them to do the math.
• United States
23 Apr 07
Most of the time I don't count the change unless I spent 5 bucks and gave them a 100. Then I tend to count my change. I hate holding up the line too so I tend to throw it in my pocket and put it in my purse later. If I do find out that I was handed too much change later, I will go back to the store and give it back.
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• Singapore
23 Apr 07
Well, that's the thing, I wouldn't know if I was shorted or they gave me extra because I don't even count my money when I get back home. LOL.
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• India
24 Apr 07
HAI NATALIE My friend, I do count the change in hurry,which the sales person hands me over, and convinces myself that the sales person would have handed me the correct amount and pocket it immediately, even it comes 10 bugs short or extra. Many times it turns to be correct and on some occassions it back fires,When i check the same after i had left the place.
@evlo173 (435)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I always count my change; I don't care if i hold up the line. It is important to count change and If I have less or more in my change, I have to tell the cashier so she/he can adjust my change. Those people behind me in line can wait an extra minute. It is not like they are in a rush to get back to wherever they came from.
@emisle (3823)
• Ireland
24 Apr 07
I don't check, I just stick it straight into my pocket/purse. If I've been short-changed it hasn't been by much, and no one has ever called me back for giving me too much.
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• China
24 Apr 07
I always count the change at the counter to see if there are any mistakes,though it's only a little amount.I am a poor student,I know it's hard to get some money.
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@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I don't count the loose change, but I usually count the dollar bills really quick. Or if I can see the cashier counting out the dollar bills and I count along with her in my mind, then I know the amount is right and I usually don't double count it.
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@denden (803)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
I do count my change before leaving the counter because i make sure that the change is enough or right.Because i know whats the value of money right now and we have to work for the money too.I have my experience that i forget to count my change and i have no money left here in my pocket its only 5 pesos so i a walked all along going to our home.