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‘Brain literally reboots’: Cashier calls out customers who use change

'I'm not a calculator.'


Brooke Sjoberg


Posted on Apr 17, 2024   Updated on Apr 17, 2024, 10:20 am CDT

A cashier called out customers who give them change far too late.

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Cashiers are expected to be mathematically inclined or able to make quick and accurate calculations in their head. Many point-of-sale systems help out with this by letting cashiers to enter in an amount of money a customer gives to them do the math on their behalf. But if a customer decides to provide additional change after this calculation has been made, it’s understandable that a cashier may struggle to make change without that crutch.

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One cashier, TikToker Olivia Byrnes @_olivia.byrnes_, went viral for admitting that she personally struggles with this.

“This is a warning if you see me as a cashier,” she says in the video. “If you hand me money, and I put it in the system, and the system already did the math, and you hand me quarters, you’re there for another five minutes. I don’t care. I’m not a calculator. I can’t do that. I can’t.”

In the caption of her video, Byrnes adds that her “brain literally reboots” when a customer does this. The video was viewed 413,000 times since it was posted on April 8.

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The Daily Dot has reached out to @_olivia.byrnes_ via TikTok direct message.

@_olivia.byrnes_ Brain literally reboots #cashier #cashierproblems #relatablehumor #relatable #humor #funnytiktoks ♬ original sound – Livvyシ

Her video resonated with current and former cashiers.

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“I literally refuse the change cuz I’m not gonna be the reason the register is short,” one commenter wrote.

“I tell them i can’t take it,” another commenter wrote. “If you wanted to give me change you should’ve said something.”

“I have dyscalculia,” another quipped. “I’m refusing the change.”

Being a cashier can be especially frustrating when it comes to money handling policies. Sometimes giving incorrect change that results in a shortage or overage can result in severe consequences for employees. For example, a young McDonald’s worker was forced to pay out of pocket after their drawer was short $32. Naturally, this may make some cashiers a bit cagey about being paid in not-exact cash.

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*First Published: Apr 17, 2024, 6:00 pm CDT
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