Daily English 1240 - Giving Correct Change

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Evelyn:  If you want a job here as a cashier, you’ll need to be able to give correct change.

Hank:  Don’t you use a cash register here?

Evelyn:  We do, but when it’s not working, we have to be able to calculate change in our heads in a pinch.

Hank:  Oh, I didn’t realize that.

Evelyn:  Okay, let’s see how you do with a simple sale.  Let’s say I’m purchasing these two items and I’m paying with a $20 bill.

Hank:  All right, give me a minute…the total is $9.36.

Evelyn:  Make sure you count back the change.

Hank:  I’ve never done that before. I’m not sure I know how.

Evelyn:  Count up starting with the coins and working your way up to the paper money.  Count out loud so the customer gets a running total.

Hank:  Okay, but first I have to do the math.  The change should be...Can I have a piece of paper to check my work?  I don’t want to short the customer or give them too much change.

Evelyn:  You won’t have time to do that with each customer.  Math wasn’t your favorite subject in school, was it?

Hank:  You’re right about that.  Maybe I need to work on my math skills.  In the meantime, I’m handy with a mop.

Evelyn:  Good to hear.  There’s a cleanup on aisle three that’s got your name all over it.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

Category: Business|Money

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