This is just a little rant, and not exclusive to the Dominican Republic as it happens everywhere and yes … even in Canada … eh!
Yesterday I stopped at one of the local supermercados to pick up bread and sugar. Not a big deal and not a large purchase. Watching the cashier’s monitor I see that my change due from 500 pesos tendered is 393.07 pesos. Imagine my surprise <sarcasm> when the screen was immediately ERASED! She returned my change, of 390 pesos and no receipt. I politely asked for my receipt, scanned it in the event that I was wrong in my thinking before speaking out. NOPE I was “dead on balls,” with my assessment. That’s an industry term.
I asked for my 3 pesos. She refused to look at me, told me, “I have no pesos.” Her bagger was a man of about 50 years old and glared at her. He said not a word. That’s OK because though it’s only 3 pesos, it’s my 3 pesos. My response to her was, why should I absorb a 3 peso loss, it’s not my fault you are lacking 3 pesos. If you don’t have, you substitute or give me 5 pesos. Now, given the circumstances, I know full well that this was a scam. You DO NOT end the transaction on the monitor until the change is rendered, that, is against most supermarket’s policies. And, you immediately give the customer their receipt. Or, you say, “I have no pesos for change, do you happen to have 2 pesos so I can give you a 5 peso coin?” This was blatant thievery.
Yes it was only 3 pesos. However, multiply that by 100 customers (not an unreasonable amount for a busy supermarket for an 8 hour shift).
Let’s do the math shall we:
8 hour shift
3 x 100 = 300
5 x 300 = 1500
4 weeks (roughly one month)
4 x 1500 = 6000
52 x 1500 = 78,000
That is a whole lot of pesos! Roughly $2000 USD worth of pesos. Yes, they make very little money in DR for salaries of menial jobs. However, stealing is stealing. I have my receipt, with the clerk’s name. Am I going to publicly name the supermarket or the clerk? Nope! Only because it happens at all of them. My purpose with this is to promote awareness, however, privately, I sure will tell all those I know. DR may be a paradise, but it is a paradise with parasites. I tell it like I see it.
Moral of this story is, get your receipt, count your change, and stand up for what is rightfully yours. You are not being an ASS in doing so!
Listen to the palms…
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