Friday, June 12, 2009

Pet Peeve Phriday

(the return of pet peeve phriday - so Jo doesn't have to do laundry)

People who can't make change or do simple math without some type of computer.

Go to any retail store, especially fast-food places, and everything is computerized. Now this is not a bad thing in and of itself. It makes sales lines move along faster and its more accurate. But heaven help the store employees if the power goes out. The stores practically shut down.

As a test, next time you are paying for something change the amount of cash you are giving the cashier AFTER they have punched in the amount and the computer has told them the amount your change should be. If the total bill is $17.21 at first just give them a $20.....after they have let the computer tell them the amount of change, give them 21 cents and see if they can actually figure it out in they head.

Heck at fast food places they don't even have numbers for the cashiers punch in, they have pictures of the food.

4 comments:

momto5minnies said...

I know what you mean. I can still remember a few years back being in a HUDDLE HOUSE (like WAFFLE HOUSE) in South Carolina and the cashier could not figure out change. My then 2nd grader figured it out for her.

Jo Flemings said...

...in they head...(ROFL)
Go figure... well, duh that's what this post is all about- what I wanted to say is, so the solution to this dilemma is to issue academic homework to public school kindergarteners. Maybe if their parents get involved by intimidation in their education they will learn something. I don't know if this strategy works but it makes me sick because in my world kindergarteners should play and fingerpaint. In the meantime fourth graders do math drills because they are fun and they understand that knowing these facts like the back of your hands helps you negotiate with Mom and Dad for pay for those odd jobs you don't do around the house as part of your duty as a family member.

Thank you so much for rescuing me from Mt. Neverest....

Rob said...

Jo - ...in they head...(ROFL)

guess i should do a post on bloggers who have lousy grammar...can i blame my public school education? or i could blame Sam who was talking to me while i was typing up the post...she's very fetching you know

felicity said...

yeahyeah blame the little woman ;)