I know that, when you are someone who uses coupons, you get used to annoying cashiers. You actually start to get cynical about cashiers no matter if you are making a “coupon trip” or not. Because of this, I wanted to share with you a story that just made my weekend, and reaffirmed to me that there IS still good in this world!
My daughter had a birthday party on Saturday, so we went to Target on Friday night to pick up a Barbie for a gift. My Target has a Starbucks in it and I was in the mood for one of their Iced Tea Lemonades (try it – get the Passion Fruit one and ask for “half the sweetener”…it is AWESOME), so when I paid with my debit card, I asked for an additional $20. The cashier handed me my receipt and cash and I started to walk to the Starbucks.
On the way, Elizabeth asked if she could have a soda, so instead we walked to the area where you can get food & drinks. I ordered her a small soda, then opened my wallet to pull out the cash…and it was gone. Here was my conversation with the cashier:
Me: Wait – I just got a $20…it’s here somewhere!
Cashier: are you sure he gave you the cash?
Me: Pretty sure – maybe I stuck it in the bag with the receipt
(3-5 minutes of me tearing my “iPhone wallet” apart – I didn’t bring my purse in with me – and the cashier looking through my bag to see if I had stuck it in there. I was looking around the floor to see if I had dropped it, etc. Note: there was no line behind me – I wasn’t holding anyone up)
Me: well poop! I guess I dropped it and someone picked it up and left with it that quick. That sucks (pull out my debit card)
Cashier: are you SURE he gave you the cash?
Me: I’m 99% sure. I don’t want to say he didn’t because that wouldn’t be honest
Cashier: Here you go – get your daughter a soda. Would you like one too?
Me: Thanks but no – I wanted an Iced Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Maybe this is God’s way of telling me I didn’t need to spend $4.50 on an iced tea! (goes to swipe my debit card)
Cashier: (blocks the credit/debit card machine) Don’t worry about it!
After thanking her and getting my daughter a Sprite, I looked around, didn’t see my $20 and decided to leave. The cashier that waited on me was about 15 feet from me and I thought “hey – maybe he DIDN’T give me the money – no harm in asking!“. I went over to him.
Me: Hey – I was just here about 5 minutes ag…….
Him: You left your $20 on the counter…here you go!
Me: Thank you SO much.
I then promptly went over to where the other cashier had given my daughter the free soda and said “Hey! We found the $20! I left it at the register! Let me pay for that soda!”
Her reply? a smile and a “you have a nice night!”
The entire encounter lasted about 6-7 minutes total, but the kindness of those 2 cashiers (her for giving me the free soda and him for being so honest) just MADE my weekend.
Forget the annoying cashiers with whom you have come in contact. What did a cashier do or say to you that made you happy?