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To expect my 2p change

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jakeinabox Tue 26-Sep-17 19:01:21

Me and dd went to the annual book fair at school today and brought 2 books totalling £10.98. I handed over £11 and waited for my 2p but the lady just served the next person. It was only when that person questioned her for her change that she told her they had no 2p or 1p. Should she at least told me they had no change rather than just taking my money? I know it’s only 2p but ‘look after the pennies’ and all that...

bottlesandcans Tue 26-Sep-17 19:02:20

Rude to not even tell you and just start serving someone else

Peachyking000 Tue 26-Sep-17 19:03:17

At my local garage if my diesel comes to eg £50.02 they just ask for £50 so I am happy for it to go both ways. YABU - sorry!

existentialmoment Tue 26-Sep-17 19:04:24

You bought two books. And 2p? YABU. She probably didn't imagine anyone could possibly care about 2p.
in shops where I live prices are rounded up or down to the nearest 5c, nobody deals in coppers, they are worthless.

glitterlips1 Tue 26-Sep-17 19:04:28

Hmm yes it is rude but it wouldn't bother me if it was the school. If I were in a shop it would because i know they wouldn't let me off 2p therefore, I'd want the change.

notacooldad Tue 26-Sep-17 19:06:03

It wouldn't take occur to me to hang around for 2p!

Aeroflotgirl Tue 26-Sep-17 19:06:28

It is rude, she should have told you, if she did and said that she had no 2 or 1p and she will give it in half an hour once she has some more change, you would have told her to forget it, I hope.

Glumglowworm Tue 26-Sep-17 19:06:30

It's rude not to tell you but I really couldn't get worked up over 2p

Papafran Tue 26-Sep-17 19:08:45

they need to abolish 1p and 2p coins

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 26-Sep-17 19:08:52

YANBU. 2p is 2p. That could be the difference as to whether you can buy a loaf of bread of not. Also would you have been able to hand over £10.96 and walk away with the books

MuttsNutts Tue 26-Sep-17 19:09:54

It's the school so I really wouldn't have given a monkey's about 2p but I suppose that yes, it would have been polite to tell you they had no change <meh>

What I find more extraordinary is that it has played on your mind sufficiently to come home and start a thread on the internet about it!

Do you work?

AfunaMbatata Tue 26-Sep-17 19:09:54

YANBU! It's your money! Some days coppers make all the difference to if you can eat or not.

kissmethere Tue 26-Sep-17 19:10:06

This is happening a lot now it I think it's really rude to presume the customer doesn't want their 1 or 2 p change. "Pennies make Pounds" why should your pennies build up another businesses pounds?
However at the book fayre I'd let it go.

existentialmoment Tue 26-Sep-17 19:11:55

Some days coppers make all the difference to if you can eat or not

A 2p coin hasn't fed a person in a hundred years.

TashaRomanoff Tue 26-Sep-17 19:12:59

It's 2p not the end of the world YABU

Viviennemary Tue 26-Sep-17 19:13:35

Yes she was cheeky. This happened to us in a café a while ago and to the people on the next table too. They took an embarrassingly long time to bring our change. We usually leave a tip but didn't because of their attitude. Not on.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 26-Sep-17 19:14:51

"They need to abolish 1p and 2p coins".

I wouldn't mind a skipful of themgrin

SnowBallsAreHere Tue 26-Sep-17 19:15:59

I volunteer a shift at a charity shop and most people want the coppers to go into the donation pot. Which is lovely. And slowly does add up towards the charity's £1500 current target.
But we do always offer their change back to the customer first.

stitchglitched Tue 26-Sep-17 19:16:10

YANBU. They should stop pricing things at .99 if they don't want to bother having to give coppers as change.

SnowBallsAreHere Tue 26-Sep-17 19:16:42

Posted too soon- The charities would miss out if we abolished coppers.

WishingCarrot Tue 26-Sep-17 19:17:00

existential course it does!

What if you wanted to buy a tin of soup for 40p but only had 38p???

SnowBallsAreHere Tue 26-Sep-17 19:17:42

I'm often given a piece of bubble gum instead of small change abroad.

jakeinabox Tue 26-Sep-17 19:18:29

Obviously I wouldn’t have minded if she told me before I paid. What annoys me is that I couldn’t purchase something if I was 1p short! To the poster who asked if I worked, yes I do , why?

existentialmoment Tue 26-Sep-17 19:20:22

What if you wanted to buy a tin of soup for 40p but only had 38p???

If I was down to my last 38p in life I think I'd have bigger problems to be honest, and I wouldn't be buying a tin of soup. i certainly wouldn't have spent my other last 10 quid odd on books at the school book fair, would I? hmm

Earlyriser84 Tue 26-Sep-17 19:22:55


It's the presumption that's rude, it's polite to say there is no change sorry. I put all my coppers in the children's money boxes which go into their savings account when full. So yes, i want my change back please even if it is coppers !

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