do you still ask for your change even if it's only a cent?

Philippines
October 28, 2008 2:26am CST
I've responded to a discussion with regards to change so it gives me the idea to make a new discussion. thanks to you. cashiers on one of the stores here in eastwood don't give the exact amount of change into their customers. (I just don't want to mention the store's name but it's one of the biggest store when it comes to beauty and medicines).. anyway, this store gives an incomplete change to their customers. there's this one time that I bought some medicines with my boyfriend.. then my change should be 1 peso and .25 cents.. she just gave me 1 peso. I just ignored it for it's only .25 cents. but my boyfriend go back to the cashier and ask on why my change is incomplete. the lady just told us that she doesn't have .25 cents that is why she can't give it to us.. my boyfriend got mad about it for whenever we're giving an incomplete amount, they keep on asking it.. I don't know if I'll get shy about what he did.. I mean, it's only a .25 cents. why give a damn about it..? then he explained to me, what if that store is doing the same thing to others? if they can get .25 cents into all of their customers, they can earn with that.. and they are actually fooling all of us.. the lady apologized with us and my boyfriend explained to her that it's OK if she inform us that she doesn't have .25 cents.. and whenever I buy something in that store, they are really giving an incomplete change.. that is why I am wondering if this is a modus operandi..LOL. anyway, I just keep asking for my incomplete change so that they'll be aware that someone is noticing on what their doing. [b]how about you? do you still mind to ask for your change even if it's just .25 cents?.50 cents?.10 cents? do you also have the same experience as what I've experience?[/b] thanks for sharing!
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I'm not sure about other countries or mom and pop stores, but here in the US, they're actually all over the employees for being over in their cash drawers! If I forget my change, the cashier would actually remind me and give it to me! They're monitored and counted down quite a bit, so, I usually don't have a problem at big stores! Now beauty supplies and small stores, I tend to be on top of it, cause that can be my savings, not theirs! Taripre$
@owlwings (37692)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 08
I agree that the US stores do seem to be ultra-meticulous (well, I'm talking about Ralph's, Trader Joes and one or two others - maybe not Rite-Aid and maybe I was just lucky). As a UK visitor, I can say that the cashiers always (well nearly - see my comment above) give you a smile, which is like a breath of fresh air. I really think I wouldn't mind being shortchanged with a genuine, friendly smile.
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
that's good. and I hope that all cashiers would do the same way. after all, it's the right thing to do.
@taripres (1499)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Shortchanged with a smile, now that's a good one! I believe businesses would try n cheat u for the simple fact, whatever they get goes right to the bottom line! Taripre$
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• Philippines
28 Oct 08
HI. Yeah I ask for my change because without 25 cents or 50 cents or 1 peso, one hundred or even one thousand will not be called as such if even a cent is missing. Your boyfriend is right about it. If Watsons is what you are refering, well I have experienced it too. But I commend the my school because during enrolment, if your payment has an excess of 1 cent to 99 cents and they have no change for it, they will enter it in the records as advance payment which will be deducted the next time you enrol. Godspeed.
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Yeah. that's good. same here. whenever I pay bills on my sun cellular lines, even if it's a cent, they will credit it to my next bill.
@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I actually don't know if I would notice if I was given incorrect change. I don't sit and count it, usually just toss it in my purse, so probably wouldn't even notice. The cashiers around here usually hand count out your change to you so you know you got it all though, for her to say she doesn't have it is dumb. They should always have extra coins wrapped up that they can open when needed. Usually though, I use credit cards so it doesn't matter anyway. That's the best way to go!
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
well, not all people has their own credit card.
• United States
28 Oct 08
I shouldn't even have to ask for it. I have had waiters and waitresses ask me if I want my change, and I think that is rude. If I don't want it, I will tell you.
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
that's is so right.
@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
"Watson, what can be your deduction on the matter?" - from some known detective.. Well, your boyfriend's right on the what if, I mean, its not impossible to happen and with a store as one of the biggest when it comes to beauty and medicines. Then again, cash registers are always provided with an ample amount of change to tackle such transactions. I mean, with a store like that, they have to be conducting surveys on how much should each cash register have with change so that it can function well on transactions with customers in a given time span. And if they can't return an exact amount with change after a customer's purchase, they always have to inform the customer and not wait for them to complain about it. That's why even cash registers still have to carry those centavos of tens and fives. Well, with experience, I often complain and sometimes let it slide. Whenever they reason out that they don't have the change to give me an exact amount, I'll trouble them with my loose change of tens and fives so that they would give me a peso.
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
you've got it right. it happened for me for so many times.. that is why I am wondering if they're doing it intentionally.. but of course, I never said that "all watsons" are doing the same thing.. I don't know why the cashiers of eastwood branch are doing this.
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Hehehe, I was just guessing so I made a pun on the name of Sherlock's known companion.. (^_^ ) Well, if you experience that whenever you deal at that branch, you might as well ready yourself on paying the exact amount but if you don't like carrying those centavos.. I mean, too many coins would seem inconvenient for others since it adds weight to the things that one would carry.. you might as well ask them everytime for the exact change until they recognize you for that customer who always asks them for the exact change.. so that you wouldn't ask for it on later transactions...?
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• Philippines
3 Nov 08
well, I always ask them for my change, well, I hope that they remember my face every time I get to ask my change.
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@don_naces (464)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
We have the same experience. I really appreciate your boyfriend for what he did. He is right. I am shy in asking for change especialy if it's less than 25 centavos. But sometimes when I get mad, I will ask the cashier. It would be very unfair to us. Good if the cashier informed me maybe I can understand. Perhaps you're right in saying that it's a modus operandi. Let us make them aware that we don't like their practice.
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• Philippines
30 Oct 08
I admire those cashier who give change even if it's only 5 or 10 cents..
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
30 Oct 08
I agree its almost like they have a little self respect and human deciency. :)
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• Philippines
3 Nov 08
those cashiers knows how we feel, for they are also a buyer for sometime.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
31 Oct 08
IN singapore, we will always get back full change because it's the practice here.. Whatever coins or money which is unusable, the government is bound to let us know and abolish the usage of it ^_^ Thus, the smallest change we will ever get back is 5cents.. And though it's small, the cashier will alwasy make it a point to return us, unless we, the consumers, tell them to forget about the change ^_^ hehe BUt no matter how, our cashiers will not shortchange us on purpose, but there are pel whom will short pay on purpose.. lol
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
that's good. at least they are so strict with regards to that.. and don't let those cashier get your cents OK?
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
3 Nov 08
haha.. They will never get it.. Because i will wanna keep those small cents and accumulate them into a huge amount, so that i can use them to pay when i meet with an attitude staff.. lol =D That will be so fun.. hehe
• United States
29 Oct 08
if it was 25 cents i would ask for it but if it was like 5 cents i wouldnt.. which is silly to really care but i dunno.. i never carry cash anyways so i dont have to deal with it.. if this store is doing it constantly i think i would turn them in to some one since its just out right theft.. even when they dont have the money they could make some way of getting it to you later or something.. never heard of not having it!!
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
oh! how I wish I also have credit cards so that I wouldn't have to worry.
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• United States
31 Oct 08
i use my debit card all the time and love that.. when ever i carry cash or my hubby has cash when he empties his pockets he leaves change around the house and never remembers it so we keep thinking we have no money left when who knows how much is lying around in change lol
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@owlwings (37692)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 08
If the cashier doesn't have the change, she should certainly tell you. To give the wrong change without saying anything in the hope you won't notice is dishonest (and you can be 99% sure that she notices - and removes a dollar/peso from the till when she has made four such sales!
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@owlwings (37692)
• Cambridge, England
28 Oct 08
If it's somewhere I shopped regularly, I would make a point sometime to quietly inform the manager that, although 25 centavos is a very small amount, they seem not to keep adequate change in the till and that this means that many customers are shortchanged. I would ask him straight out if the money went into his pocket!
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• Philippines
29 Oct 08
that's it. she should have inform me. and yeah, if that happens for so many times, I think you should give them an action and a lesson for them to learn.
@patzel88 (3311)
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
i dont mind to get the change especially when i go to the shopping malls for they are not giving you the little cents. but i have a friend who always asking his change because he believe that the money will never be $1 if the cents is missing. so it is important to him to have his change even it is a cent, Sometimes when he ask to buy foods by his maid and his maid will have to endorse the change because he will never give the trust that he have given to his maid.
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• Philippines
3 Nov 08
your friend is somewhat right. so every cents is important to come up with a 1 peso or dollar.
• United States
3 Nov 08
Why do they price things in a way to have it come out so the change is not exact. Why not round it up and give you the extra money. I am with your boyfriend every little .25 is adding up and they can potentially make a mint of that money. Here in the USA a lot of people drop pennies or through them around and do not pick them up. I see them and pick them up. Yes they are only 1 cent but by adding every 1 cent up you can make a little bit of money. It does not cost me anything to stoop over and pick up the money. Good luck to you.
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
Yes. that's right. every little cent is worth something when combined.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
31 Oct 08
i have never heard of anything like that before. that's just crazy to me! i have never had that happen to me and would not be happy either.
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
that's right!
@excellence7 (3418)
• Mauritius
31 Oct 08
Yes I do, because money is money whatever the amount is. We must respect the value of money and we must never compared it to the amount.
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Yes. small or big.. they need to get back our change complete.
@rosedust82 (2079)
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Hi zerocharly... Well... I guess it depends on how much is missing. There were times when I would overlook something like that because I know I'd feel embarrassed asking for a very small amount. If it's more than one peso, I'd probably ask for it but if it were like .25 cents or something, I'd forget about it.
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
even if that happened for you for so many times?
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
31 Oct 08
Is is just certain cashiers or the store itself? I am a cashier and it is just wrong to do that! If it is a big store, then the clerks should have plenty of change available. I work in a smaller but quite busy store. If I took just one cent from each customer per night, I'd earn about 5.00 per night. If I did that each night, I'd be earning an extra 20.00 per week. Now if I kept even more than that, I'd be doing quite well. I would ask others if they have the same problem. If so, I'd bring it up to management. It could be that the cashiers are just pocketing it. A mistake is one thing but constantly trying not to give back change is stealing.
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
Yes. you are so right. so don't let some cashiers do that.
@kissie34 (2296)
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
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Nope! i don't mind at all of the cashier didn't give me a change of 25cents, 50 or 10 cents and even 1peso.. I really don't mind at all.. Yes, i had also noticed that some of department store don't give the complete changed of their customer.. Well, I had experienced someone in the cashier who is in front of me (an old lady).. She is really particular to her changed.. The cashier didn't give her a complete change, i think it is lacking about 50 or 75 cents.. Then she told the girl in the cashier that her change is lacking then the girl told her that she don't have a centavos.. The old lady get mad with her for not giving a change.. She told the girl that "in every department store she go they always asked for a complete payment even it cost only 10 cents but when it comes to change they don't give the exact change.. Since they know that they need to change their customer centavos then they should do something about it and not keep on asking in all of their customer to keep that centavos change since accordingly they don't have a centavos.." Well, I really understand the old lady and she have a point.. We all know that in every store or grocery that we go, they always asked the complete payment to their customer.. But when it comes to changed they always don't give the complete changed.. Sometimes they will changed it into a piece of candy.. It is sometimes unfair.. It is okay if it happen once or twice but all the time isn't good already.. All the supermarket, groceries, and stores knows that they were selling some items with centavos so this means that they should have already centavos for the changed.. But they don't give a damn about it.. They were thinking that some of their customers will just give in their changed since centavos here in the Philippines don't really have so much value.. But if we think about what your boyfriend told you we can conclude that he is very right.. They can earn so much from getting the changed of their customer.. Oh well! I don't know if we can still do something about it..
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
in every country, even 1 cent is important. well, I guess those people who doesn't value cent that much are those who doesn't work hard for it. I know the feeling of the old lady, for it happened to me for so many time. but after that incidents, I never let it happen to me again.
@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
Hi zerocharly, Before when i use cash in purchasing i still get the change even in centavo if the cashier will give if to me, But now i use credit card in every purchases , so i get the exact amount of it is being charge and no need to have a change. Happy mylotting.
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• Philippines
30 Oct 08
I hope I also have a credit card so I wouldn't have to worry.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
30 Oct 08
There are times when cashiers do not have the correct change but in the United States as a cashier in most places you are to ask the person to whom you are giving change to to wait as you don't have it in your register but you will alert your supervisor so that they can give you the change they need. If a cashier doesn't do that it looks bad on them and the customer can just as easily talk to the supervisor or person at the customer service counter and you could possibly be fired if you do that more then once.
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• Philippines
30 Oct 08
wow. that is so strict! I hope that it will also have the same policy here in the Philippines. well, I guess, cashier wouldn't have the chance to do that.
@successlog (3172)
• China
29 Oct 08
hello friend,i think it just depends on what it is.for instance, when i go to shop in the market to buy the food or other daily things.when there are some change to me, i will tell the vendor to sell me a little more things as the value of the chane.lol.i feel it is better to both of us.of course, if i buy the things in the supermarket.it seems i have to get the change due to the rule of the market.so for me, i just try my best to convert the little change to the useful things,i don't want to keep them in my pocket.lol good luck
• Philippines
31 Oct 08
oh! what if your change is only 10 cents? how will you convert it into things?
• Qatar
29 Oct 08
I want my change back no matter if its .25 cents. here in my place, When cashier is lack of .50dirhams they inform us...or they are telling us Ma'm/sir, I dont have .50dhs.. can i give u candy or gum in exchange...? just like this approach.. They inform us... AS we are giving or paying the exact amount so in return they shud give us our change thou its .25 cents. Happy mylotting.
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• Philippines
31 Oct 08
oh! that's it! so in return, they give you candies. well, that's OK, rather than not.