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Is Math a Lost Art????

A few weeks ago I was picking up a quick item at Walgreens and thought it was just an average trip to the store. As I approached the cash register I had 4 bottles of Diet Peach Snapple which were 2 for $4.00. At this point the conversation got a little funny.

Within seconds the cashier (who was VERY pleasant) said that would be $9.56. My response was “that seems very high since the items are 2 for $4.00 and I don’t believe the tax is that much.”

She then proceeded to tell me in order the transaction was $16.00, no actually it was $32.00. When I then question that, she voided the transaction and said “I’m so sorry I have it right” and proceeded to confidently tell me that I owed her $4.00. I must admit I did chuckle a little and I didn’t have the heart to pay $4.00 since I knew it was wrong so I said “I don’t believe that is correct, I owe you $8.00 plus tax.”

The rest is history.

Not much else to do until I decided to write this post.

  • In today’s generation it just appears that people in general, not just cashiers, don’t have the same feeling for numbers as they used too?
  • Have you noticed this as well?
  • Is it because they are always on their electronics – most of which have calculators?
  • Shouldn’t people be able to do an easy calculation like that?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

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