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Review by bored_housewife54 on 2011-09-17
Not a complaint but certainly not a compliment...

I had a few items to buy at the Coles supermarket & my total came to $23.14 but as we don't have anything smaller in Australia than a 5c piece the total gets rounded up to $23.15

I'm not sure what was so confusing about what I did, but I gave her a $50 note. 3x $1 coins, a 10c coin & a 5c coin. She looked at me like I had lost my mind & gave me back everything but the $50 note & then made change for what I should get back...

Is it just me or would it not just have been easier to give me $30 back?
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-09-18
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-09-17:
LOL, this is what happens when people rely on computers and machines. i too have seen people not know how to count change and handle money.

welcome to my3cents bored_housewife54!
Posted by Johanna on 2011-09-17:
Just goes to show you that America does not necessarily own all the stupid people in the world :)
Posted by oldisgood on 2011-09-17:
kids nowadays can't do simple arithmetic in their little heads. This is why registers now tell them how much to return on a sale. This person obviously can't add to realize that she had $53.15. I did this once to a young cashier and she actually had to go to another cashier to ask what to do. I silently laughed the whole time.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-09-17:
Oldisgood, I think it's the other way around. Kids can't do math in their heads because they are handed a calculator at a very young age.
Posted by Alain on 2011-09-17:
This is the result of the, "There's an app for that!" attitude.
Posted by oldisgood on 2011-09-17:
that is why my kids could not have a calculator until they proved they could do the math either in their heads or on paper. Pretty soon we are going to have a whole generation of young people who do not know how to spell (texting jargon), do simple math, or write cursive. Somedays I am really glad I am old.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-09-17:
Oldisgood, cursive is not even taught in most schools anymore, and kids are required to have calculators in elementary school. I won't even get into the texting jargon because it's my worst nightmare.

I, too, am glad to be old.
Posted by Alain on 2011-09-17:
I'm in agreement with all of you, except I'm not old. I'm middle-aged and will remain so as long as medical technology let's me!
Posted by T on 2011-09-17:
I was going to opine on the dumbing down of America, but this is Australia. Looks like it is catching.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-17:
Kids already can't spell. I have several of my teenage nieces on my Facebook, and all their posts are full of misspelled words. I've never been good at math and I'm glad that when I worked retail, the registers told me the change to give back
Posted by T on 2011-09-17:
There was a recent news item that SAT reading scores are at an all-time low, I believe.

And we aint doing well in mathmatics eider.
Posted by bored_housewife54 on 2011-09-18:
I don't think it's a country thing, I think it's a generational thing! I'm only 34 but we were never allowed a calculator in school until year 8. It seems to be a common thread in just about every English speaking 1st world country...

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