Sometimes, you get that rare moment to change someones life. A simple exchange of knowledge executed in perfect timing can make or break a teaching moment.
Here is a story that does just that.
A sales girl/boy just began to give me back my change from a purchase I just made.
SIDE BAR– Pet peeve –how people count the change they give back to you.
The first thing I do, is stick out my hand, low and behold I get a wad of three singles, a five, a ten and five pennies stacked on top of my bills, while girl bellows “eighteen dollars is your change.”
I ask what is the final price of my items. RESPONSE: Two dollars and ninety five cents and you gave me a twenty.
I gently drop the change to the counter as it rolls off the wad in my hand. I begin to count out loud– the change makes three, the five fifteen and the ten twenty. She/he looked at me for a few seconds and said “wow, I never thought to count change back to people that way.”
I say Thank you very much and sashay away.