Thursday, September 21, 2017

Product Of Our Edjamacation System?

Making change without a calculator
mind boggling for this generation ....

Me Missus was doing her bit for the local economy with the purchase of a new piece of clothing from a local shop, which will remain nameless to protect the guilty.

The person on the til was clearly no longer of school age but of course not nearly as old as us. She was indeed pleasant enough and made the obligatory chit chat as she rang up my wife's sale.

The total sale was $53.26 for which my wife tendered a $100 bill. The clerk punched the numbers into the register which of course told her how much change was due the customer.

My wife then realized she had the $3.26 and gave it to the clerk which would mean she would then be due $50.00 exactly.

This concept seemed to completely blow the clerks circuits as she first responded that she didn't think she could do it, and also noted that the til tape would no longer be accurate.

After much convincing on the part of my wife who tried to explain to the clerk her til would balance at the end of her shift and that everything would work out, the clerk finally relented and gave my wife the $50.00.

My wife was not convinced that the clerk actually believed. her.

I would have thought this was an isolated incident except for the fact I have also seen the same drama myself when the person on the til has to do some mental calculations that might differ from what the til says.

But not to worry this generation is much, much smarter than previous ones. Or are they? They do have smarter gadgets than I had, but I'm not so sure that has anything to do with being smart.


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