02 June, 2012

Be warned!

Have you ever been in this situation?

Cashier: "Ma'am / Sir, we ran out of 5 cents (or 10/25 etc). Is it ok if your change is 5 cents short?"

philippine coinsOr worse, the cashier short-change you without even informing you that they ran out of coins? Why do they ran out of coins even in the morning when store just opened?

There was this one time when everyone ahead of me in the counter was short-changed. Imagine how much grocery stores "steal" every single day? Yes it's outright stealing because for the longest time that they've been in operation, they should have already “mastered” how many coins they need to have in their cash register each day to be able to give the exact change to all their customers.

Last time I bought a silver jewelry, I was ready to contra-battle their trick. I will never allow them to steal from me, I now bring 5, 10 and 25 coins in my coin purse. I'm a smart shopper, you should be one too.

12 comments:

Ric / Life N Canvas said...

Yes, they often do that. And you are right they should have mastered their coin requirements. Minsan sinasadya na yata..Anyway, good for you, you are now bringing coins! Nice!

Koko Tamura (Blogger Bark) said...

I'd like to carry coins but then, my mom collects the 5 and 10 cents... hehe but I agree with you... I dont like the feeling too... coz every cent counts

swexie said...

Honestly, I can forgive the cashier in situations like this. And honestly, there are times when it's me who has no enough small coins for the exact amount of my purchase and I'd be the one to ask the cashier that I'm 5 cents short. Luckily, the cashier would let me get the item even if I was 5 or 25 cents short. I think it's not really stealing when they have informed you right away that they can't give you the exact change. =)

Franc Ramon said...

This is one of the reason, I usually pay using credit cards plus it gives you a chance to review your purchases in a month because of the billing statement.

Unsugarcoated Reviews said...

It doesn't make much difference for one buyer but if you consider the volume of transactions they have in one day, it definitely adds up. :)

I wonder what will happen if a buyer pays them 5 cents short lol. Will they be ok with it as well?

Mavin Reyes - Nurse Critic said...

when this happened to me, i usually xdemand for the change, if they would give me the 5 cent or 10 ones, i usually gave this to a bantay bata can....

Markable said...

Ayy..nako, nakakainis yan sila.Ala mo yung kailangan mo pang pumunta sa mga ibang stalls/stores to just have your cash changed?

Mai Flores said...

I agree, the SM Mall in the Philippines does this on a regular basis, especially when we're done paying up for the grocery. But like you, I also keep my 5, 10 and 25 cents just in case they pull this line on me again.

Ralph Marcuss said...

Here in bicol the 5 cents and 10 cents are not accepted in any stores.

Kalabasa K. Kamote said...

I always make it a point to bring a handful of five-, ten-, and twenty-five centavo coins to avert those acts of "stealing."

athena said...

AGREE AGREE AGREE.
i get pissed off when they don't give the "exact" change kahit klaro naman talaga na may tinatagong centavos sa pouch. i also bring 25 centavos too lalo na for jeepney fare.

Karen said...

Well, you have a point here, sometimes people take 5 or 10 cents for granted. They never mind it's value at all.

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