I went to Walmart just to pick up a few things and headed towards the cash register. I was greeted. I greeted the cashier back. The cashier scanned my items and put my items into the bag. I recieved the total and began to pay my items. I pulled out my wallet and took put a five dollar bill and put it on the counter because I wanted to count out the coins. My hands were getting full. I found the thirteen cents, three pennies and a dime. I placed on top of the cash and was about to put it into my hand and physcially hand it to the cashier. The cashier swiped the money and proceeded to lecture me on how my actions were rude. She proceeded to tell me, "you know that it is considered rude to just turn in money like that on the counter. You should know that you NEED to hand the money and change to the cashier."
I apologized. I would have just let it go and left but she just kept talking.
She then began to question my ethnicity and upbringing. "Were you born here?" She asked whether or not I was born in America. I didn't really respond but she kept going. She also said that placing money on the counter would be fine there but not in Amercia. "In Asia that would have been alright but HERE it's different."
I kept apologizing and said I would not to be so inconsiderate or rude in the future. However she just kept lecturing me in front of the other customers. She basically had the last word by saying I had no excuses at all. I grabbed my items and left. I was already late and basically didn't believe on wasting time on someone who obviously wanted to start something.
This was at my local Walmart and she was my cashier before and I was nothing but civil to her. Obviously cashiers see many people during their shifts so I didn't except this behavior from her.
My usually behavior in paying for things is to place the cash in front of the cashier, get the change, and then give it to the cashier. It just takes me a few seconds to finish the transaction especially if the total has very few cents.
Most places I go to such as bookstores, movies, gas stations, other stores have never complained about this. They usually say that it's nice since I don't use such large bills, fiftys or twenties to pay for purchases that are only for a few dollars or when it's a total with just one cent.
I do not use any type of card at my local Walmart because it creates a hassle because sometimes they will not take the card. It is because my cards just require a signature and picture identification and no PIN. They will not take it so I just use cash and change to purchase my items. The cashier was nice to the customer in front of me but completely changed her mind over such a small issue. I don't know if it was just because of her work shift since it is. 24/7 Walmart but the behavior was uncalled for.
I'm just going to avoid her at my local Walmart and go to other grocery stores instead for a bit.
I wish that Walmart exployees were at least better surpervised with employees and their hospitality. Working as a cashier isn't the most glamorous job but acting like a complete ignorant person is not entitled to anyone.