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Children at my counter

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CindarellaPop Dec 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I understand, dear parents, that you want your children to be independent and brave and that they need to learn how to talk to the nice lady at the snackbar counter by themselves eventually, but if you're going to insist on sending them out to get food for the whole gang alone, at least glance over our prices to make sure you gave them enough money first.

It inevitably happens that a small child waits patiently in line, rattles off a huge order to me, and then when I finish it, realizes that he's short money. It happens literally ALL THE TIME. And this isn't just short a few cents or a couple dollars, this kid was short ten bucks. Ten whole dollars. Because his parents failed to realize that this is a movie theater and our prices are jacked through the roof and you sent him out with ten dollars but he ordered twenty dollars worth of food.

And then he stares at me for a minute as if I'm going to magically pull ten bucks out of my ear and give it to him. (The worst part is, some parents try this intentionally, thinking we can't say no to a cute little kid. They're wrong.)

Needless to say, he ran off without any food at all, meaning I had to throw his entire order away. :stare: It's a gigantic waste of food, my time, the kid's time, and the time of the people stuck waiting behind the kid.

tl;dr
Don't send your kid to buy food if you don't give him enough money. He's nine, he ain't got a job, he ain't paying for that shit by himself.
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Stormofshadows Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank goodness that kind of thing really didn't happen much in my old job(I no longer work retail). I feel sorry for kids whose parents use them in this manner, these kids are lucky if they don't grow up thinking scamming people is an acceptable thing to do.
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=( how annoying for you and I feel horrible for the kids whose parents subject them to that. The parents should really be going with them to the counter :| have you every seen a kid spill half the food whilst trying to carrying it away from the counter by themselves?
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CindarellaPop Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Only EVERY DAY. GAH. Poor itty bitty toddlers can't hold a tray of popcorn steady and yet mom and dad insist that they carry it and then look so shocked when it ends up on the floor. I'm just like "Why you lookin' at me? You made him hold it."
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I work at a grocery store that's within walking distance to some neighborhoods and apartment complexes, so we get kids sent on errands all the time. Except once in a while they get sent with food stamp cards, and I guess the parent neglects to tell them how it works. They either have no idea what a PIN number is, or don't know what they can get with it. I had two kids try to buy dog treats. And every time there's a problem, they just look at me. :saddummy:
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CindarellaPop Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's really annoying. :C
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Puccoon Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fucked up.
... Working at a movie theatre sounds like balls.
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CindarellaPop Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It has good perks and it's not terrible work, I just wish it payed better.
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Puccoon Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you get free candy or soda? I'd be fat as he'll if I was around that food all day.
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CindarellaPop Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I get free drinks and popcorn, as well as free movies. Any candy I have to pay full price for, but I usually bring my own in so that's not a problem.
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xRooke Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's actually pretty stinking good. O: Definitely worth it.
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