O.M.Gosh! I just went through a fast food drive-thru and I gave the cashier exact change. I thought I was doing them a favor. Plus, I was getting rid of some excess change. I even made it simple by giving her the least amount of coins possible.
Unfortunately, the exact change contained a half-dollar.
She started counting the change.
When she said "what a pretty quarter," I thought the shiny quarter I had thrown into the mix was a new one with a pretty design.
But then she started recounting.
This time she started off saying "seventy-five" and I thought she was on her way. Until she stopped.
And restarted counting.
Around the third or fourth recount, I finally rescued her.
I said, "there's a fifty cent piece, a quarter, a nickel, and three pennies--which makes $0.83."
She didn't believe me.
So I started to walk her through the process of adding up the change. "The half-dollar plus the quarter is seventy-five, and the--"
"No it's not."
"Yes. It is. Fifty cents plus twenty-five is--"
"This is a seventy-five cent piece."
"No. We don't have a seventy-five cent piece. What I gave you is a half dollar."
"Half a dollar is seventy-five."
"No. Half a dollar is fifty cents."
I think the lightbulb finally went off at that point because she counted it my way and came up with $0.83. facebook.com/marylou.robinson33