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Old 11-07-2018, 05:47 PM
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My guess is it's only people over 80 who want every little penny counted back to them.

Why not just count it yourself?
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:09 PM
 
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Yeah, I haven't seen anyone able to actually count back change in a loooong time. The register tells them how much I should get back and they tell me that amount. They don't know how to do the math to figure out if my bill is 15.75 and I give them a $20 bill, they should get 4.25 out of the drawer and say, "Your total was 15.75." Give me a quarter and say "16" and then count the one dollar bills into my hand as "17, 18, 19, 20." This concept is utterly lost on the recent generation.

When those registers go down or malfunction, they are totally lost, bless their hearts.

I think we should all start using cash again, write in cursive, and drive manual transmissions. We could cripple an entire generation!! :-)
You forgot to mention how to cook with out a microwave and change a tire.
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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My guess is it's only people over 80 who want every little penny counted back to them. Why not just count it yourself?
Can you imagine the annoyance when everybody has to wait extra time in line while each person has to count their own change because we can't trust that the person with their nose in their phone gave us the right change. Counting back change is a double check for the cashier and helps the customer at the same time.

I used to work for a large housewares company. We were setting up a large display at a store. We needed to put together 2 items for a combo. The girl doing the display stood there with a puzzled look on her face and was fretting that she needed a calculator. I, about 30 years older than her, turned around and in about 3 seconds I gave her the total. She looked at me with an amazed look on her face and said "You did that in your head?" My response was, yeah when I went to school we actually had to learn to do math in our heads as we didn't have calculators.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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My guess is it's only people over 80 who want every little penny counted back to them.
Bzzzzt. I'm 54. And having a cashier count the change back properly serves as a QC check for both parties that the amount returned is correct.

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Why not just count it yourself?
Because I'm the customer. The "burden of proof" isn't on me.

Dang, why so argumentative over a preference about how to receive change? Which hardly ever happens anyway, as most people use credit cards or debit cards or other electronic payments most of the time.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:19 PM
 
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Um, sure. I love to socialize. But nobody has to work at a fast food restaurant to "get out and meet people." There are many other ways to do that.
Well, duh, of course there are ways to “get out and meet people.” But these workers get paid to do something where they interact with others.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:27 PM
 
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But they'll be able to "count it back." And I don't mean just count the change.

Anyone here who had a HS retail job in the '60s knows what I mean by "counting back" change.
Counting back is not the thing that throws young workers. It is when the clerk takes a round amount of cash, say $20, for a total that the register shows change due on, say, $15.23. Then the customer says, “Here is a quarter to make things easier.” The customer figures the clerk can figure change is now a fiver and two pennies instead of four ones and a fistful of coins. Should be easy, right? Yeah, it should be easy, yet I can’t count (ha ha) how many times this has absolutely befuddled workers too dependent on push-a-button-no-brainwork machines.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:17 AM
 
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If older people WANT to and CAN work at a fast food place to augment their income or just as something to do, more power to them. I think a lot of the suspicion/caution comes if it's someone who has some noticeable physical issues and is probably doing it just to pay for their medicine or something.
Ever hear of the ADA? There is this novel thing called discriminatory hiring practices too...

suspicion/caution? So maybe someone NEEDS to have the money because social security isn't enough. That is now a reason not to hire someone?



Older people and/or people with "issues" as the above poster stated, are often even BETTER workers than the teens. They have a great work ethic because they truly need to have the money.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:20 AM
 
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It is both good and bad. Good in the sense that the work is available for them should they need it. Bad in the sense that so many seniors are ill-prepared for retirement. I know some older people do work to pass the time and prevent from being bored, but I think the majority are doing it because they need the money and/or insurance the job provides.

Not as rosy when you look at it like that, especially when you consider what the likely result will be when we do have an economic downturn.
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:00 AM
 
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I doubt insurance has anything to do with it. Very few if any food service places provides health care for part time employees. In fact very few companies over all still do.
I work for a national company worth billions. They don't even provide health care for part time employees. I was contemplating staying there and working part time when I retire but threw that idea out the window when I inquired about health care for part timers and discovered it wasn't offered. Once I go to part time, my hourly pay rate will decrease significantly and my healthcare benefits are gone. So staying there for any length of time after i start social security at 62 isn't worth it.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Bzzzzt. I'm 54. And having a cashier count the change back properly serves as a QC check for both parties that the amount returned is correct.

Because I'm the customer. The "burden of proof" isn't on me.

Dang, why so argumentative over a preference about how to receive change? Which hardly ever happens anyway, as most people use credit cards or debit cards or other electronic payments most of the time.
Yes, I can't remember the last time I paid cash for anything. When it comes to fast food, it would be nice of they just got the correct food in the bag the first time. It's a rare day that we go to a drive-up, mostly just on a road trip, but half the time have to stop and go back in because something was missing.
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