Friday, April 21, 2006

Hundred Dollar Bills Y'ALL!!

Have you ever had a hundred dollar bill that no one would break for you? First of all I would love to have that problem, but that is a different subject entirely (me poor). Well, let’s make up a scenario: You enter a gas station and go to buy some gas and gum by pull out your hundred and the attendant won’t take it. The attendant says “ I don’t have enough change for that,” so you have to put it back in your wallet and with an annoyed look and tone you say ”Do you take card?” Of course you knew they took card, but in your annoyance you lashed out with a rhetorical question. You then go out for a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant. You place your order and pull out the same one hundred bill that was so rudely rejected by the gas attendant a short time before and to your surprise the fast food worker points to a sigh reading “NO BILLS OVER 20 ACCEPTED”. You say to yourself in frustration, “Don’t these people want my money?”

Well I am here to answer for them, NO!! Keep your stupid one hundred dollar bill and get something smaller. I worked at Kragen Auto Parts for two and a half years, and I would often be the opening cashier with a limited amount of cash. The first customer of the day would inevitably have a hundred to buy something inexpensive like an air freshener. Depending on how I felt that morning I would react in one of two ways. First, I would give then all my change and pray the next few customers would have smaller bills. Second, I would tell them I didn’t have change for a bill that large hoping they would decide to use a card. Instead of what I hoped, they would often reply, “This is all I have.” That ment I would have to go back to option one. Sometimes my first option was already used and I would have to call over a manager. The manager would have to walk the distance of the whole store just to open the safe to make change for the purchase of a stupid air freshener.

Those customers were the bane of my life. I would be happier to have my car get hit by a dump truck then to have to deal with another customer bring in a hundred during the morning. I know that to be true because my car was hit by a dump truck while I worked there and I was in a pretty good mood.

I am currently working at a bank where I have a supply of all the bills I need. My bank customers sometimes complain about how no place will take their money. I often want to explain to them from the workers point of view why that is, but I don’t because most of them are old and don’t want to hear it from some young whipper snapper.

So what side are you on? Do you sympathize with the Hundred Dollar Bills Y’ALL people or with the everyday worker trying to maintain a drawer?


Jamie J said...

I'm with the everyday worker all the way. First of all because I never have the opportunity to even have 100 dollar bills and I think other people shouldn't either! And secondly getting a hundred from a customer first thing does really ruin your day!

Carter said...

Or, you can do what I do, that is charge for my services in $100 increments, then get change at the nearest Kragen store after buying an air freshener

Spencer J said...

I would love to charge 100 dollars for my services, but I don't think any one will want to pay me that much for a new bank account. It would be a cold act if you went to Kragen just for change. Very very cold... you are on notice Carter.

Kristen J said...

Ha! Ha! Carter that was good.

I don't have a lot of experience with $100 bills. Usually I just beg Sam to loan me money from her super-fat wallet. I think she's the one with all the big bill experience in our house!