How do you hand money to a cashier?

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  1. DGirl

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    I never thought about this until I started working at my job off of the Navy base. I used to work at Popeyes chicken on the Pearl Harbor base. Then I left the job after I got a bit more pay at a job out in town. I am used to folks handing me the money, and I handed it back to them. They always handed me the money at any other job I have worked ( Over seas and the USA).

    But, I was taken aback when I found at my job ( in Hawaii) that the customers sat the money down even if you have your hand out. I have had customers pile up wads of dollars and other money, then the loose change is spread all over and under the money pile. I have had these folks look like they were gonna hand you the money and actually dropped the damn money on the counter. Hell, today I had a customer put the money on the conveyor belt . I usually ask the customer to please not do that, because it will go in the belt ( DUH!!!). But, I was shocked to see that the guy was a NON- local. They also want to get angry that I don't hand them their change back once they make me pick it up from the damn counter. Or they get all impatient because they have to wait for their damn receipt. They wound not have to wait if they just hand me the damn money.:mad: It takes time picking up all those damn wads and unfolding them. I can't put them in the reg like that!! My boss would have my ass, or think I am NUTS.


    I just want to know how do you hand your money to a cashier? Or it does not matter to you, cashiers are just dirt and they should be happy to even see your face and get YOUR money?

    How do you feel about the ettiquette of handing money to and receiving money from cashiers? - Yahoo! Answers

    Why don't customers hand the money? (serious answers only)? - Yahoo! Answers
     
  2. D_Tintagel_Demondong

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    I make them beg for it. Then I don a Hazmat suit, carefully lean over and lay it on the counter.

    Honestly, I never gave it any thought until now. I just put it in their hand. Our hands usually end up touching. Maybe that's a bad thing with all of these new flus, but I don't like the idea of dropping money, even change, into somebody's hand. It makes me feel like I'm sending the message: "I don't want to touch you."

    Edit: And I always say "thanks" when I receive my change.

    Isn't Japan more conscientious about infectious disease? What is the etiquette there?
     
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    i hand my money all the same direction heads up, from smallest to largest i worked at a casino so i know what you are talkin about, actually for the longest time i would count my money out at the little register thing in a rainbow form because that's how we had to at the casino so the cam could see what we were giving out in case there were any problems later on....i've worked loads of cashier type jobs and so i always try to be considerate even if the cashiers at walmart are bitches (i'm so glad they got self check out at ours now because alot of the women especially my age and younger act like it's an inconvenience if i pay with anything other than a credit card and have the worst customer service ever)
     
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    I am in Hawaii.
     
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    Sorry, D. I thought you once lived in Japan.

    Cheers.
     
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    I lived in Japan before here. The folks in Sasebo were really good and nice folks. Never had a problem with them.
     
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    Is this something that perhaps is a carry over from when people traded goods, put money down on a table before the exchange was made?

    I handled money at jobs before and I always laid it out on the surface, rather that into their hands.
     
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    I usually just put it on the counter, so they can take it when they're ready. I always stick my hand out for the change tho for some reason :S dunno why.

    The cashiers/bus drivers who make eye contact w/ya tend to put the change in your hand - whereas the more distant ones just drop it on the surface, lol.
     
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    for me it depends...i usually prepare my money while the cashier is checking and ringing up everything, that way i can be as efficient as possible both mor myself and for the cashier.

    i always says "Hello, how are you?" when i approach the checkout wherever i am...since the cashier is usually bagging my things, and i have my money already on hand, i usually place it down out of my money clip, neatly, in order, so it is easy for the cashier to count and place in the tray. and i place the change, if necessary, on top of the bills, or if the cashier is ready and has picked up the bills, i place the change in hand.

    basically i play it by ear, but have a basic, sincere, friendly and polite way of doing it in hwat i think is the most easy and convenient/polite way as possible...if the hand is out, i place it in the hand, but usually i find that due to my own efficiency, i am ahead of the cashier a bit, who has more to do, than i do, in terms of ringing up, sorting and then bagging/etc/

    not to mention i am the type who rings up everything in my head before i get to the station, factor in the tax roughly, and i am usually right to within a dollar or so of my estimate, so i have everything ready usually...it is easier on me and on the cashier and of course i always say "thank you very much, have a nice day"

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    I always hand them the paper money and drop the coins into their open hand. In my 20s, I worked as a cashier at a grocery store and struggled to pick up coins from the counter because of very short fingernails. When customers saw the drama with the coins, some of them would say "Sorry. I should have handed them to you!" Others were indifferent. IMO, it's inconsiderate to just throw the money on the counter, especially if the cashier has his/her hand out.
     
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    I usually pay by credit or debit card, but If I'm paying with cash, I take the cue from the cashier, If they don't extend their hand I lay it on the counter.
     
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    Normally I used to sometimes put the money on the counter so that the cashier could take it when they were ready. One time while on vacation in Florida I was at a Walgreeens and the lady was really slow to take the money. I set it down on the counter for her and she made a point of setting my change roughly on the counter. I should have complained to her supervisor, but I let it go.
     
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    If the cashier's hand is outstretched, I'll always place the money into their hands. Paper first, then coins. If their hand isn't outstretched, I usually just leave my hand hanging in the air, holding the money waiting until they're ready to accept it. And then I keep my hand out waiting for the change and always thank them.
     
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    I used to put the coin in the cashier's hand first then the bills. If the coin is on top of the bills it slides around usually landing on the floor. Happily the cashier takes the cue and passes change back the same way.

    For the last few years I've taken to using plastic for all purchases because I was feeling overwhelmed by the urge to punch people in the neck when they licked their fingers to separate their bills. I mean really, why not just lick the casheir's hand and the hands of everybody in line behind you (And while it's lovely you were raised to cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing perhaps you could use the hand NOT holding the money you're about to pay with).

    I'm no germophobe but people can be really disgusting.
     
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    I put money in the hand because that is the easiest way to receive small objects.
     
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    I haven't bought anything with cash in years.

    In casino table games, protocol for "buying in" to a game involves laying your money out on the table and allowing the dealer to pick it up...but that's so the eyes in the sky can get a clear look at everything taking place.
     
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    Depends on the cashier. If he/she is turned away attending the register or bagging my goods, I place cash/coin on the counter. If the cashier is facing me, or his/her hand is out, I give the money to him/her. Bills first, then coins separately. Irritates me when change is placed in my hand bills first, coins on top ... the coins usually fall off. I've been told the reason for coins on top is so the customer can visually verify the correct change was given ... but it's still irritating, and unnecessary IMO.
     
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    When I was in retail, I'd do this. If the purchase total 16.98 and they handed me a $20, I would say "16.98 out of $20." That let them know I knew it was a twenty plus I would lay it on the side of the register tray until the transaction was complete.

    If they happened to be talking to a friend or other customer or on their cell phone, I would hesitate and wait.

    I always put any change in their hand and then the bills on top. I hate it when a clerk hands me the folding money first and then drops (or spills) the change on the counter or pavement if it is a drive-thru.

    I like to put the change in my pocket first and then place any bills in my wallet.

    ALL store managers should teach/make personnel give back money this way.
     
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    I used to be a cashier for a retail store and always kept the habit to give the bills and the change separately, its easier to put it back in the wallet and to count for the cashier. It annoyed me when a cashier would hand me my bills and then add the change on top of it, I always end up dropping some of the change and got to pick it up, a real pain.
     
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    I usually put it in the cashiers hand. However, that was not always the case. I grew up near a large Orthodox Jewish community in NJ and I think they have a rule about not touching a woman to whom they are not related or married. Anyway all the stores in Lakewood have a little ledge that stands 6-10 inches up from the counter. This way they can put the money down and the cashier can then push it into her hand with out having the aggravation of picking up change from a flat surface.
     
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