The Change Cup
The facility I work in isn't very large. We have a cafeteria that's only open a few hours at time. For lunch we have two entrees, soup or the grill. Just like everywhere else I've worked, we all complain how expensive it is. When you check out, there's a small cup for pennies. The cup rarely holds just pennies. There are usually a few dimes, nickels and even a quarter. It's never empty.
At first I would drop in the pennies I got in change. Then I started adding more. I'm afraid I'll be short one day when buying lunch. I put more in so I won't feel guilty if I have to rely on it to make up the difference. Now I probably put in anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar each week.
A few days ago I was behind someone who was 20 cents short. The woman was going to run back to her purse and get the difference. The cashier grabbed the difference from the change cup and told her not to worry. When I checked out a few minutes later, I added the difference to the cup from my change and told her not to worry.
Since that time, I've seen the same thing happen three times. Now I know why the change cup is always full. We're all putting in extra change to cover everyone else.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could do that on a larger scale?