Consum and the new math

Popular innumeracy and some weird automation at the local supermarket.

–That’ll be 9.91.
–Here’s 20.
–You haven’t got an extra 1 have you?
–What for?
–It’ll be easier for me to give you change that way. See, the till tells me that kind of stuff.
–I’m not a genius, but I can tell you that if I give you a euro extra you’ll just have to give it back to me.
–Have you got it or not?
–Here’s 21 then.
–And here’s your change, 11.09.
–Thanks very much!
–Bye!
She actually returned a different euro coin, so maybe the chain is laundering counterfeits, or dumping German issue, or something. Jesus.

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