I Don’t Like Change

Much like every other human being I am a creature of habit. Although I can easily adapt to a change in my daily routine every once in a while a deviation from the normal path keeps me lost in the woods for a bit. Today was one of those days.

When working in the pharmacy we have a lot of standard operating procedures (SOP’s) to help govern what we do, but to also keep us on a good work flow pace. Occasionally a wrench gets thrown into that, but we can normally adapt to that. Today however, I had to participate in a conference call in the middle of my shift in order to prepare for a project that I am attached to. When I finished with it I tried to return to my normal operations, but found myself kind of walking around with the constant feeling that I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to do.

In all reality I pretty much have most days planned out start to finish of what I am going to do. Just makes my life easier. Normally I just use my mental punch list of things that need to be done, but occasionally I will make a more complex list for myself just so I don’t get distracted and keep on grinding. At the same time though I also keep time built into my day to allow for the unexpected deviations that may occur. I also find it helpful to place assign a priority level to the days tasks just incase I find that I need to shelf or way lay something due to time needed to be dedicated to other tasks or again the unexpected getting in the way.

To illustrate my point here’s Stewie from Family Guy.

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It’s All About The Benjamin’s Baby

If you are going to pay for goods and/or services with large bills, 100’s, 50’s & 20’s to a certain extent, there a few things to consider. Please be aware that you are most likely going to screw the cashier because of the amount of change that they are going to have to hand to you. Especially if we are talking about the weekend as well.

Yes, I know businesses should be able to calculate correctly for larger bills, but lets be honest here. Businesses aren’t banks and shouldn’t be expected to break your large bills for you. It is with this in mind that I have come up with some rules or general social conventions that I believe should be followed.

First off, let me reiterate any given business is not a bank, unless it happens to be a bank, and the expectation that we should break a large bill is not realistic. I know I mentioned 20’s earlier and the reason I bring it up is because of the jack offs the use a 20 to pay for something that costs 58 cents. In most instances this shouldn’t cause an issue, but if you hit that magical time of day where there mostly 20’s, 1’s, and change in the draw and one of the managers hasn’t had the chance to do a bank break yet. That’s where it gets you.

Second, if you are going to use a large value bill for your purchase your total should be at least half of what the bills value is. That way you won’t zap the drawer of all its change. Let’s be honest here, if you hand me a 50 for a $1.73 total you have earned the stink eye.

Finally, it will not cost you anything to ask if the large bill can be broken. (Normally the answer will be yes and we will just call to the office for change.) Whose the bigger asshole if you hand over the large bill to the cashier and they just say no. Like I said before, there is a sweet spot in the daily grind of things where there just won’t be enough change to go around.