A question to a native speaker of English

@yanzalong (9944)
Indonesia
August 17, 2017 9:26pm CST
What would you say when the change you get from a cashier is more than it should be. This is the opposite of "the change is short." I believe there is a phrase for that as you also have the phrase "the change is short". Just wondering.
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@yukimori (8708)
• United States
18 Aug
I'd probably just say "Oops, you gave me a bit too much!" while handing the extra back to the cashier. Or maybe "I think you might have miscounted." I can't think of a phrase that would be used offhand like we have if a cashier shortchanges us. @owlwings is really good with questions like this, so perhaps he'll be able to help out here.
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@yanzalong (9944)
• Indonesia
18 Aug
It happened twice a cashier gave me more change. Of course I returned it to him/her. Thank you.
@owlwings (38425)
• Cambridge, England
18 Aug
I would say; "Excuse me, I think that you gave me too much." There isn't really an equivalent idiom to "short change". Many people would use the phrase "short change" as a verb: e.g. "I'm sorry, I think you have short changed me!"
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@yanzalong (9944)
• Indonesia
18 Aug
It's probably because more people tend to short-change instead of the opposite. Thank Owlwings.
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@1creekgirl (9573)
• United States
18 Aug
I would just say they gave me too much money back. If someone didn't give you back enough change, you could say they short-changed you.
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@SonjaRae (4902)
• United States
18 Aug
I normally remind them how much I gave them. So instead of hey you gave me too much change I say I only gave you a $10 bill
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@poehere (17796)
• French Polynesia
18 Aug
Normally you would tell them that they gave you back too much and return the extra. There is nothing like you over paid your you are shot.
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@PatZAnthony (11969)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
18 Aug
The change is too much. Hope this helps some @yanzalong
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