Receipt for a coffee.
Or a danish, or a hershey bar. Do they think I need this for tax purposes?
Yesterday I had a similar issue: I puchased a small jar of white out from Kmart, and received two long receipts which dwarfed the item I purchased. It's happened with a stick of gum as well.
i'm afraid i have to weigh in on the other side of this issue. i'm a grocery store cashier and am amazed at the lengths people go to in order to avoid leaving the store without a receipt, as if it's kryptonite. when i hand it to them, they crumple it up and throw it on the counter. when i put it in the bag, i've actually had people reach in, take it out and leave it on the counter. we're required to give our customers receipts so that they won't be stopped by security as shoplifters, so they can make returns and so they can complain about or praise us (our names are on the receipts). what's the harm of just taking the damn thing. i swear to god it won't hurt you.
It's good to hear the other side of this. I still think it should be optional for small purchases. In general, there is way too much additional paper and plastic coming from the cashier - though it's the management and a history of problems that makes it that way - not the cashier alone.
i totally agree about the waste of paper. of course, the cup the coffee is going in and those cardboard cup sleeves are probably an even bigger culprit, in that situation.
People often need receipts for expensing stuff for work.
— jmc posted 9/4/2009
But maybe they could ask if you want the receipt, or you could ask if you want the receipt. Otherwise, it's like "here, throw this out for me!" and you end up carrying it around in your pocket forever.
— Biffy posted 9/8/2009
on the flip side of this, you NEVER know when you may need it. it seems innocent enough for a small item, but one time i went to a restaurant and spent $5 on my meal. i didn't think anything of it until a few days later when i noticed a charge from the restaurant for over $60! their system had a huge glitch and if it wasn't for me saving the "worthless" receipt, i wouldn't have had any proof. you never know when something may go wrong, even for something as small as a candy bar.
— kc posted 9/15/2009
I use my debit card for everything so I need receipts - even for small purchases - to balance my checkbook.
— JR posted 10/27/2009
this is a mitch hedberg joke...I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughtnut... I don't need a receipt for the doughnut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, 'Don't even act like I didn't get that doughnut, I've got the documentation right here... It's in my file at home. ...Under "D".
— mitch posted 3/16/2011
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