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Don't you just hate it when you go into a shop to buy, say, a can of coke and produce a tenner to pay then the person looks at you as if you've stabbed their dog and says "Have you not got anything smaller?" When you say no they roll their eyes, huff and puff, and then make a big effort of giving you your change in 20p pieces?

It's like this; if I pay with a tenner it's either because:

1) I've not got anything smaller. If I had anything smaller I'd pay with it because you may be surprised to learn that I'd rather have a £10 note than have a load of iron rattling around in my pocket.

2) I'm actually after some change. In which case I'm not going to let on that I've got anything smaller because then I'd have to use up what little change I've got rather than breaking into the tenner to buy a can of coke I didn't ****ing want in the first place but am buying to get some change for the pay and display machine. I'd then have to go to another shop and buy another can of coke that I don't want to get the change I still need.

Here's an idea if you run a shop that people come in and buy stuff: Some of them won't have the right money so get some ****ing change ready instead of having a hissy fit.
 

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Don't you just hate it when you go into a shop to buy, say, a can of coke and produce a tenner to pay then the person looks at you as if you've stabbed their dog...
:lol:

But Keithy, shops are run for the convenience of the staff, and not their customers. :)
 

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My wife was recently in hospital for a few days and the Pay & Display machines at the hospital Car Park (which you could only occassionally see as they were mostly obscured by prowling parking wardens.....) were (a) horribly expensive, and (b) didn't take notes or cards.

As it was (I think) 3.20 for the first hour, and 4.80 for up to 2 hours there was an endless stream of people walking around looking for change.

Just inside the doors of the hospital was a snack bar, and it was the first place most people headed for change (a tenner and a copy of the Sun in hand was most common). However - the shop had a specific employee who's job was to walk up and down the queue telling people that they didn't have any change for the parking machines. Anyone who failed to heed the warning just got dogs abuse when they got to the till if it looked like a suss transaction. On one of the days they were actually asking to see peoples items in the queue and how they were intending to pay so they could weed out the chancers.

All very useful.... It's a clear problem, so why don't they just stock up on an enormous float of change and take the business? They must be able to seel all sorts of sub 1 pound tat in there on the basis of offering change. I was actually think of setting up a market stall in the car park offering a change service for a 1% commission!
 

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Part of the problem is of course that the banks charge businesses for supplying change - just like they charge businesses to pay it in......and of course if you ran a business supplying change for a 1% commision you'd have to have a lot of small change to ensure you could give the right change. :cheese:

My stepson runs a few pubs and change is a per-ennial problem particularly at weekends.....very few people will pay for anything at the bar with anything other than a note.....and most people will find at the end of an evening out that if they'd checked, they probably could have paid for that last round in change...but when you're trying to juggle 3 pints, two G'n'Ts and a coke its a lot easier just to hand over the note and be done with it:)

I agree that hospital car park machines can be among the worst though - if only because there is seldom anywhere to get change - at least one of our local ones issues a ticket on arrival that you feed into the machine on departure to calculate the charge, and the machine gives change.....others effectively force you into over-paying because who knows how long they are going to be stuck in the hospital queues.....
 

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I hate parking charges with a passion, especially where you have to pre-pay. Biggest con going in my opinion, especially hospital car parks. First of all you're forced to pay to park, or forced to pay if you don't pay and get a ticket, then you have to come out again and pay more because you haven't yet been seen for the appointment you arrived for 10 minutes early, four hours ago, then you end up paying over the top because you have paid in seperate amounts at a hour a time instead of paying the cheaper four hour rate, then you end up paying more than you need to because you have run out of change and the hospital shop has none, or won't give you any, or has closed, then the warden pulls you on the way out because your ticket has an hour left on it you needn't have paid for and you were going to give it to the next guy but are not allowed to as the ticket isn't trasnsferable, so he has to pay again for a space that you have already paid for, all this after being told you have to make another appointment to see another specialist after the doctor you waited four hours to see has recommended you see another specialist.......grrrrr :rant:
 

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Great rant and so true.

On the subject of hospital parking, I think it's appalling that they charge for it. I had to take a relative to A and E at midnight on a Saturday. The car park was almost empty, it was cold, dark, hammering down with rain and not a soul in sight anywhere - let alone a traffic warden. But charges apply all day every day with the threat of a clamp and a hefty fine if you don't comply. Change required of course and not cheap.

In Bristol a few months back, a terminally ill cancer patient who had gone into hospital for some radio therapy was clamped for being 2 inches over a white line. This country needs a serious kick up the a**.
 

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Great rant and so true.

On the subject of hospital parking, I think it's appalling that they charge for it. I had to take a relative to A and E at midnight on a Saturday. The car park was almost empty, it was cold, dark, hammering down with rain and not a soul in sight anywhere - let alone a traffic warden. But charges apply all day every day with the threat of a clamp and a hefty fine if you don't comply. Change required of course and not cheap.

In Bristol a few months back, a terminally ill cancer patient who had gone into hospital for some radio therapy was clamped for being 2 inches over a white line. This country needs a serious kick up the a**.
Yes that's what annoys me the most about parking, we pay enough as it is without being fleeced again every time we get out of the car. I firmly believe that double yellow lines are placed absolutely everywhere just to give councils an excuse for charging us to park.

The main reason hospitals wind me up is you have no idea how long you are going to be, yet you have to pre-pay by the hour. I honestly believe that if you can't be seen for your appointment on time then you should not have to pay to park for any longer - it's THEIR fault so why should we have to pay? Just another way of ripping us off. :mad:

Given that I'm self employed I often wonder what the outcome would be if I sent them a bill for my time and additional parking fees when THEY are late for my appointment. I swear I'm going to try it one day.
 
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