Yeah…. but giving him the extra $5, just to get it right back, makes no sense.
I hate to admit it, but $2.14 for $1.89 DOES make sense to me…but I stopped doing it when I realised it only flustered people.
It shouldn’t…. these days they just punch in $2.14 cash tendered, and the register tells them to give me a quarter.
And if any cashiers would count the change UP, the old-fashioned way, it wouldn’t fluster them either…
“OK, that’s $1.89, you gave me the 14¢ …. that leaves $1.75 from your $2…here you go… 25¢. Thank you.”
I did it that way myself, at the register… and I trained people that way…. it’s hard to make a mistake if you do it one step at a time.
But at some point I started seeing nothing but terrified stares from kids behind the counter….and I knew it was a lost cause…and even sounds obnoxious to the math phobic….
So now I hand them a five. like everybody else, and pocket the pile of loose change.