From Retail Death webcomic creator, Austin:
I used to get this one ALL the time in my retail underworld. The customer pays in cash, and you say "that'll be two dollars and sixteen cents, please." You hold out your hand to graciously accept their payment, and they COMPLETELY SNUB YOU, plopping their crumpled bills and tarnished coins down on the counter. You're left hanging there, as though they had asked you to "give them five", only to move their hand and tell you that you were "too slow."Germaphobes and the X-Man Rogue may be excused from the following rant.
Listen, if you're a customer, and you pay in cash, and the cashier holds out their hand to accept your payment, PUT IT IN THEIR HAND. Failure to do so can and will be considered extremely rude. Why would you not? There are a few reasons. You might consider the cashier to be beneath your notice, the gesture of their outstretched hand too lowly to ping your radar. This would make you an egocentric asshole. You might notice, but not consider them important enough to honor their request. This would make you an arrogant asshole. You might just not notice at all, in which case you are an oblivious asshole. Or you might be afraid to touch people in general, in which case you might be either a germaphobe or Rogue, in which case that's okay. But say something first.
What I always found funny was that after picking up those little dollar bills, and prying the coins off the counter with my FINGERNAILS, then putting the money into the register, the customer would usually hold out THEIR hand to accept either their change or their receipt. This is one of those rare, golden opportunities. One of those shining chances to throw the customer's dickery back in their face with total impunity. Take the change, take the receipt, and plunk those little babies down on the counter. Let them pick it up. See, if they didn't put the money in your hand, they must be avoiding this contact, right? So surely they don't want you to put it in THEIR hand.
I love that.