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October 20th, 2005

No Receipt

While I’ve improved on what receipts I keep and what receipts I shred, one thing that irks me a bit when places either offer receipts when I don’t need them… or don’t offer them when I do.

For instance, every so often I’ll go to BankOne/Chase/whatever and make a withdrawal with an actual person (mostly in cases where I need 10 bucks, which I can’t get from the ATM). And every time I do this, they don’t give me a receipt. That would be helpful, considering I took money from them and all. In one instance I asked my otherwise nearly-silent teller, “Can I get a receipt?” “No.” “Why not?” “We don’t offer receipts.”

Of course they do offer them – just not for simple withdrawals. I guess the money is the receipt, or something.

On the flipside is something my wife experienced: too much receipt-giving. Let’s say you head to a bagel shop and get a bagel with an iced tea, and pay in cash. After you pay, people at some shops actually get huffy about giving you a receipt. Why? Why do I need such a receipt?

I think that’s all a little backwards. Chase/BankOne should be giving me the receipt, and the bagel shop should be quietly phasing out receipts (at least, for cash purchases) unless you ask. We could save a tree.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday October 20, 2005 -- 11:19:39 am
I used to keep all my receipts for six months to a year. These days, I almost never save a receipt unless I've purchased something that I *may* have to return. The exceptions: electronics, which I keep indefinitely, and grocery receipts, which I keep for a week in case we, say, open up a yogurt and find it's moldy.

Bagel places, or any restaurants really, don't need to give receipts unless requested. Banks, though, I always like to get a receipt just to get an up-to-the-minute view on account balance.

FROM: mhmd
DATE: Thursday October 20, 2005 -- 5:52:38 pm

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday October 22, 2005 -- 3:17:52 pm
Agreed. I recently had to get a receipt from a sushi shop because it was food for a "working lunch". The best they could do was the cash register thing that listed out the prices -- but no details, no date, no proof that it was that restaurant.

But if I head to Chinatown and get a bit of ginger for $0.20, they forcefully hand me a receipt. (recently they got into trouble for not providing receipts that could "prove" they were collecting sales tax)

And the recent trend in ATMs to print out your balance rather than display it on the screen when you request it is very annoying. Yes, I want a receipt, but half the time the paper is jammed or the ink has run out. So I cannot see my balance. I could call them, but they charge $0.75 just for a machine to read off my balance to me...

saywhat October 24, 2006, 10:57 pm

I hate receipts, I recycle them.

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