Total cost at chemist: $34.05.
Hand sales assistant $50 note.
Dig in purse for five cent coin.
Sales assistant has already punched-through the $50, with the resulting change automatically calculated.
She graciously accepts my addition of the coin.
Stares befuddled at the cash register.
Dives under the counter for a calculator.
Spends a good two minutes punching numbers into calculator.
Finally provides me with correct change - $16.
Spends another minute writing very seriously on my receipt and her copy.
Hand written amendments on receipt:
- $50 crossed out and replaced with $50.05
- $15.95 crossed out and replaced with $16
No. She was not young. Around thirty-ish.
One of these days, her generation will be running planet Earth, not to mention explorations beyond Earth.
Days like this I wish I had my very own deity.
I would have said a little prayer.