Shawn (my nephew) had just written about these coin machines when the later story happened to me. I hope Shawn doesn’t mind my using his blog for explination purposes:

I have never really been a fan of the automated coin dispenser. You know, the machine that has a little cup where the coin part of your change appears when you pay with cash at the grocery store. It doesn’t save much time. I’ve worked cash registers at a retail store before, and it doesn’t take very long to get change for people one coin at a time. I don’t like them because I often forget to take my change. The cashier hands me the bills and it often doesn’t occur to me that half of my change is just sitting somewhere else waiting for me to take it.

Today I bought a couple of things at the grocery store and the coin machine gave me what seemed to be a lot of coins as change. Here’s the breakdown

  • 1 Quarter
  • 5 Dimes
  • 1 Nickel
  • 5 Pennies

I don’t know about you, but that don’t make a lick o’ sense to me. I suppose that it’s possible that the machine only had one quarter and one nickel in it when I got there. That’s the only explanation I could come up with. What happens to the next person, then? Isn’t the cashier alerted when coin levels in the machine are low? It just seems like one more thing to go wrong.

This is so true!I hate these machines, too! I went to Smith’s here in Vegas last night.I handed the cashier my bills, and she promptly handed me back the bills I was to get in change. Then I remembered Shawn’s blog I had read just a few days earlier when I realized there was no change with the bills and so started looking for the stupid change machine. It was rather hidden, but I found it and then as I swiped my hand in the dish, I realized it was empty! At least Shawn got something! I stood there for a second or 2 wondering if I still needed to wait for it to come out. Then as I looked at the cashier she was starting to ring up the next guys stuff. I asked her if there was supposed to be change and she looked at the change machine and said “I don’t know what’s wrong with this thing” and mumbled something unintelligible while getting my change (78 cents I might add) out of the register. She apologized and I commented how I hate those machines!