"By the way, when you close out the cash register tonight, you're gonna be $1.42 over. JUST SO YOU KNOW."
Dramatic pause. Everyone stops
"Because that's what you owe me. $1.42."
She proceeds to defiantly thrust the receipt in the cashier's face and point out the egregious mistake.
The cashier, unfazed, apologizes but makes her wait for her coveted less-than-two-dollars. She doesn't make eye contact. She just seethes as she calmly rings up my groceries.
Meanwhile, receipt-lady just seethes as well and holds a cashier, a bagger, another cashier who was helping the other cashier out and me, the next patron in line, hostage to her anger.
As the cash register opens, the cashier pulls out the paltry sum and hands it over. The woman almost snatches the change out of her hands and turns her heel.
That was so uncomfortable I just had to tell you guys out there in blogland.
Yes, I know it's a whole buck forty-two. But aren't there nicer ways to point out that someone has made a relatively trivial mistake? It's not like the bagger placed a ripe watermelon on top of her eggs, you know.
The cashier made a mistake that can't even get anyone a meal at McDonalds, and yet this was no laughing matter.
Maybe she had a case of the Mondays.