throwing money

  1. ok...ill admit im crabby. im in pain so much and not working is increasing my bytch level but i cant stand this and feel the need to rant.
    my honey and i went to barnes and noble to get a cd. we stopped to get coffee first. he likes the iced coffee there...it kills me to spend 4 bucks on 2 little cups of coffee but whatever.
    so we go to the counter and this guy and his two little kids cut in front of us.
    not in a hurry so no big deal. just rude but that seems to be the norm these days.
    this guy is dressed in what i assume are fairly expensive clothes. docker shorts...polo shirt...ugly short hair cut just so...you know what i mean. yuppie to the max.
    the clerk rings him up and gives him his total. he opens his wallet, takes out a 20 and THROWS IT at the clerk....as if to say...here you piece of crap that works at barnes and noble serving coffee.
    he didnt just toss it down...he THREW IT.
    ive worked so many retail jobs and this is something i could NEVER get over. i would put their change on the opposite side of the counter and make them walk to get it, i would throw it back, or i would just tell them to not throw things at me.
    i suppose this is a symbollic thing to me....money symbolizing status, power. throwing it at someone who is waiting on you is such a slap in the face to the clerk. he was cool about it. he didnt say anything...just picked the money up and counted back his change.
    oh this pizzes me off so bad.
    once worked at a sandwhich shop. customer threw his money at me...guy i was working with saw it, made his sandwhiches, came to the counter....called his number then threw the sandwhiches at him. they hit the floor and slid to his feet. the jerk picked them up and left, never saying a word. you could see he knew why his food was thrown at him. he never did that again.
    men do this almost exclusively. i dont know why.

    is it really that hard to be nice to each other these days?
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   slinkeecat
    People.... can be jerks..... it happens...... just try not to be one of those jerks!!!! take care katy
  4. by   zudy
    How rude!! but hang in there, there are still good people in the world. ( Like us!) My mom always says about people like that, "Too bad they can't take some of thier money and buy themselves some good manners."
  5. by   thisnurse
    lmao...yeah that should be first on their list of things to buy...they dont even have to be good manners...just manners.

    just because someone works in the service industry doesnt mean they are stupid or low lifes.
    we get the same treatment but on a different level.
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    The clerk might've added, as he counted the change, "Ah, I see you'll be wanting to check out our wonderful books on Etiquette today---right over that way"

    :chuckle
  7. by   live4today
    Originally posted by zudy
    How rude!! but hang in there, there are still good people in the world. ( Like us!) My mom always says about people like that, "Too bad they can't take some of thier money and buy themselves some good manners."
    AMEN ZUDY!!!

    I would have said something to him in the effect of "I see from the way you threw your money at me that you prefer the 'throw it at me' kind of treatment, so do I throw the bills at you and place your coins on the counter, or do you want it all thrown back at cha?" :chuckle
  8. by   RNConnieF
    I also worked retail for years and always hated when people wouldn't hand me their money. I always felt like they thought I was dirty or something and didn't want to risk touching my hand. When each of my kids was little, you know the first time they "pay" for something at the store, I waited to see if they put the money down on the counter. If they did-and usually the clerk would have already picked it up- I would excuse them, thake the cash back, give it back to the kid and insist they place it in the clerks hand. You wouldn't believe how many clerks thanked me for making them do this. Seems this is a pet peeve with a lot of us.
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by RNConnieF
    I also worked retail for years and always hated when people wouldn't hand me their money. I always felt like they thought I was dirty or something and didn't want to risk touching my hand. When each of my kids was little, you know the first time they "pay" for something at the store, I waited to see if they put the money down on the counter. If they did-and usually the clerk would have already picked it up- I would excuse them, thake the cash back, give it back to the kid and insist they place it in the clerks hand. You wouldn't believe how many clerks thanked me for making them do this. Seems this is a pet peeve with a lot of us.
    Cool! I thought I was weird doing this with my daughter. To me it is all about respect and courtesy - no matter who it is. :angel2:
  10. by   nrs2bme
    Im glad I'm not the only one! I used to work retail forever too, only because I could go to school at the same time and still have time for my kids... I always felt like those people who threw money or worse gave it to me all wadded up, thought I was there because I was an uneduacted, mismannerd nobody.... little did they know , I was only 22 managed to go to college, hold down a job and care for two small childeren... and treat the people around me with respect... too bad that after years of being well "educated" making 60,000 a year and not being able to cook a meal for themselves they hadn't even managed to learn basic courtesy... ha! This is a very touchy subject for me.... did retail too long....oh well, what comes around goes around...
    S
  11. by   misti_z
    I know just what you mean!! People can be very rude.

    I was getting my hair cut today at the mall. A very young girl, maybe 12, dressed like she was 21 in very expensive clothes with her mother (also dressed like she was 21!!) walked up to the counter. The stylist was on the phone with a customer, the girl says 'I'm here for my hair cut'. I'm standing back thinking how rude of her, it is obvious the stylist is on the phone! The stylist says, 'Excuse me I'm on the phone you are going to have to wait!' The look on the girl's face was priceless! You can tell it is rare that she hears the word 'no'. Unfortunately her mom did not tell her she was being inappropriate or RUDE!
  12. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by RNConnieF
    I also worked retail for years and always hated when people wouldn't hand me their money. I always felt like they thought I was dirty or something and didn't want to risk touching my hand. When each of my kids was little, you know the first time they "pay" for something at the store, I waited to see if they put the money down on the counter. If they did-and usually the clerk would have already picked it up- I would excuse them, thake the cash back, give it back to the kid and insist they place it in the clerks hand. You wouldn't believe how many clerks thanked me for making them do this. Seems this is a pet peeve with a lot of us.
    i,too, worked retail for a time...when people didn't place the $ in my hand...i then very pointedly placed their change/receipt on the counter..also usually just close enough to my side of the counter to make them reach... god i love being passive-agressive...
  13. by   thisnurse
    for the longest time in my retail career, i tried to understand the throwing of money...i tried to say ...maybe they just dont know....but yes they do know.
    and i hate that wadding of money as well...here you piece of crap...you unwad it.

    so many ppl do retail as an in the meantime thing...they are in college or going on to something else, but the general public sees them as "lower" than they are just because they are working retail.

    imagine taking all that crap from mostly cranky customers who are mad because they have to stand in line, the store doesnt have what they came for, parking was bad, store too crowded...whatever...and they get paid minimum wage with REALLY crappy benefits..if any.
    is it any wonder the retail industry has such a high turnover? its hard to get teens to work there these days.
    i have to laff when i hear ppl bytching about the self check outs...whats wrong? cant bytch at a machine? lol

    i think its cool that you made your kids hand their money back. i never let any of my kids have that ...im better than you attitude.
    (well ok my youngest does but i am working on it...endless job)
  14. by   mc40421
    I worked retail while I was going to nursing school and ran into my share of rude people. I had money thrown at me and I also had people tell me "just put the change on the counter, not in my hand." I knew if I said anything I stood the chance of being reprimanded by my boss so I more or less had to take the abuse. But I've always taught my girls to be polite and to not think of anyone being "beneath" them in any way, and now if I witness anyone being rude, I try to let them know in some way. Sometimes they will just reply with a smart remark and sometimes with that famous one-finger salute, but at least I can hope that maybe they will give some thought to what I said. To me there's no excuse for rudeness.

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