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Aug 7, 2012 02:20 AM

If the cafe only accepts cash should they get pissy if you want to include some coins in your payment?

Was buying a latte at a small indy cafe in upscale Doylestown Pa. I understand why they only accept cash, but the lady (probably an owner) was very reluctant to accept 1.55 mostly in quarters as part of my payment. The latte was 3.55 and very good but I'm thinking next time of crossing the street to the SBUX and just using my credit card that gives cash back. Sorry about the rant, I try to keep my posts upbeat, but I was wondering if anyone else has trouble with this.
There was a couple seated at a table and three employees in the place. It wasn't like I was holding up the line. /shrug.

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  1. I'm with you -- if you only accept cash, then you can't crab because it comes in coins.

    (I was in a store last week that stopped just short of falling on their knees and weeping because I gave them a fist full of coins. It was a Sunday, and a couple of customers had wiped out their change drawer early in the day)

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    1. re: sunshine842

      that's usually what happens to me when i pay in 1's/ quarters. makes it easier for them to give out change

    2. Let's see... my end-of-day pocket change accumulates in coffee cans at a rate of about $200 per year...sometimes I get lazy and go 6 or 7 years as cans pile up...Peter Luger is cash only...have never eaten there...little light goes on....

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      1. re: Veggo

        LOL...I'm sure they would accept it with grace, but the look on their face when you hand them a Folger's can full of nickels and dimes would be worth it.

        1. re: sunshine842

          Years ago I crashed for a few days with a group of friends who were all waitstaff, cooks, bartenders and sharing a large rented house. People were always coming and going due to shifts and were required to always put their allotted fee toward rent/upkeep in a coffee can and every month their landlord received one or two cans as need be of small change to pay he rent. It worked for them.

          1. re: sunshine842

            For fun I just weighed my change cans - 77 pounds with very few pennies. Time for a little field trip!

          2. re: Veggo

            You're going to be the only one in history to eat at Peter Luger and LOSE weight!

              1. re: linguafood

                While I would put it more delicately, yes this.

                It's been a while since I saw a cash only place and I can't think of a place that begrudged any money given to them in payment.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    I sure wish you'd stay what you're thinking instead of beating around the bush....

                  2. Just don't drop a bunch of coins on the counter.

                    Be good and stack up your coins, or go by demonination (quarters, 10c, 5c, ... ), it's easier for them to count!

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                    1. re: Maximilien

                      And if you help them make the coffee, they don't have to deal with anything.

                      1. re: Maximilien


                        I've been to places where even if you'd stacked them they wouldn't have the foggiest idea how to count them quickly.

                        1. re: latindancer

                          Throw in a half-dollar or dollar coin. Talk about foggy.

                          1. re: Vidute

                            we had a waitress refuse a Sacajawea gold $1 coin because it wasn't legal tender. (!!)

                        2. re: Maximilien

                          Wow thanks for all the awesome responses! Since there was no one else in line and they were still making the latte I stacked up the coins carefully and then handed them politely to her. Whenever I pay with more than two or three coins I have the habit of being somewhat apologetic. Usually the person taking the coins is sweet or even grateful.
                          Sometimes when I am laying out the coins the cashier helpfully starts snatching them up which confuses me and messes up my count half the time. I know the person means well, but I wish he or she would let me finish counting before they grab!
                          SBUX is sounding better for next time. Doylestown is a lovely little town but there are a lot of uptight people living and working there.

                          1. Since the earlier posts, I've established that, in the UK, payment by coins is only legal up to certain amounts. For example, a trader can refuse to accept 1p coins for more than a 20p cost and 50p coins for more than £10. Now I never knew that! So I withdraw my "cash is cash" remark upthread.


                            1. re: Harters

                              and IIRC, there have been lawsuits that "cash is cash" in the US -- somebody paid a utility bill in pennies, and the utility company refused to accept it. The homeowner sued, and won -- the utility had been a real pain (a cable company, maybe? don't remember) with equipment not working more often than it did work, missed repair dates, bad invoices, unrecorded payments, the whole works. The homeowner submitted the final payment in pennies, and demanded a receipt (which the receptionist gave them).

                              The court ruled that they'd been paid, even if they didn't like having to haul it all to the bank to be counted.

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                I think you may find more recent US cases which have ruled "No, a wheelbarrow worth of pennies is not satisfactory payment method" as the method of payment is not in fact designed to satisfy a cost, but to harass the assessor of the cost.

                                1. re: FrankJBN

                                  the last one I remember (mentioned above) was about 5 years ago. Not exactly ancient history. I'm sure it varies by the judge (and his/her mood!).

                            2. re: Harters

                              Can't pay your rent in cash. Can't pay your mortgage with cash at the bank, either.

                                1. re: SocksManly

                                  You surely can. Keep your receipt, you will need it down the road.

                                  1. re: SocksManly

                                    I've done both. Neither my landlord or the bank seemed to think it was odd. A check is just a promise of cash.

                                    1. re: SocksManly

                                      Some banks require than mortgage or certain equity loan payments must be made with a check because a signature of the borrower is requited. I can't pay my mortgage payment on line for that reason...... according to my bank anyway. I've never tried cash, but wouldn't be very surprised if it was not accepted.

                                      1. re: Midlife

                                        Wow! I have never made a mortgage payment any way OTHER than online! I wonder if it is bank policy or some sort of governance issue.

                                        1. re: CanadaGirl

                                          Must be bank policy. I'm in the US and pay my mortgage online all the time (both the original lender and the one I refi-ed with).

                                      2. re: SocksManly

                                        I paid my mortgage with cash all the time!

                                        1. re: mikepete

                                          And I'm sure your mortgage holder appreciates you showing up all the time to do it.

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            In this day and age, I'm sure the mortgage holder is just happy to get paid!