Hello, RHU. This is my first submission. I've been reading this site for a while (well over a year) and hitherto, never had anything that seemed postable. Until today.
I work at a waterpark foodstand in a resort area. It's a local place, not all that well known unless you've actually had the pleasure of staying there. I normally work the cash register or 'push out' food, or, if there's no one on the grill, work that.
On this beautiful day, a coworker was working the cash register, ringing up a man. He was buying a bottle of water which costs a dollar and six cents (due to taxes). The man pulled a one out of his pocket (along with some other bills) and puts it on the counter. He then reaches into the clearly marked tip jar, pulls out a quarter, and hands it to my coworker!
She stares at him stonily for a moment before beginning to count out the change. The entire time she's counting the change, the gentleman is pointing to the tip jar (a common way of saying put the change in there).
I have never seen anything like it! He was completely casual the whole time- never apologized, never asked if it was OK, never even said thanks for the water! I know it was a whopping six cents that he took, and, really, in the general scheme of things, is not all that important. Still. It was shocking.
Has anything like this ever happened to you?
How do you handle such situations?