“Do you have smaller bills?”
“Ma’am/sir, do you have smaller bills?”
How many of us have encountered this? This is an all-too familiar scenario. You go to a high-traffic grocery, buy something, give a PhP500 or PhP1,000 bill and the cashier asks, “Ma’am, do you have smaller bills?” or “Sir, do you have PhP3?”
It’s quite annoying and disconcerting at times when you hear cashiers ask this. I find it odd that establishments that have a high volume of people (like groceries, fast food) often ran out of loose change. Isn’t it the store manager’s responsibility to ensure that the cash registers always have enough change?
I know that individuals buy small items from groceries to get smaller bills. When you have a PhP1,000 bill and you have no small bills to ride the bus, you go to a fast food store or grocery, buy the cheapest thing possible, and hope that the cashier would give you loose change. But once you reach the counter, you get asked with “Ma’am, do you have smaller bills?”
I myself do this. At times, it’s okay. At times, when I’m not in the mood, I just want to snap and say, “Obviously, I don’t!” But I just keep quiet.
How about you? Have you encountered this? And what do you do?