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By BrokeAF - / Thursday 20 July 2017 05:01 /
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By  ohsnapword  |  18

Coins are legal tender. By law, they have to be accepted.

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By  ohsnapword  |  18

Coins are legal tender. By law, they have to be accepted.

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  Callyn  |  43

Only the government has to accept them. A business is more than within their rights to no do so. OP, that sucks but find a coin star next time. Paying in change is a huge hassle for a cashier.

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  feyrin  |  1

No, they don't. A merchant can refuse sale for any reason. If you have to pay before you pump the gas, they can refuse. Legal tender must be accepted for debts. As they haven't given you any product, there is no debt. A merchant is only forced to take legal tender if a debt is there, say by letting them pump gas first.

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  Britt125  |  15

This doesn't list a location so I dunno about wherever this was posted from, but not necessarily. Where I am coins are only legal tender up to certain amounts. I don't remember the amounts for sure but I think the general rule of thumb is that if it's enough to be rolled it's too much (even then, it doesn't say they're legal tender if rolled, they're simply not legal tender over certain amounts). A roll of quarters is 10 dollars, the cashier would have been able to refuse (if such rules exist where this happened). Most people don't seem to know about this act, but it definitely does exist. I probably would have take the 10 dollars anyway, personally. That's really not that bad. I mean, it can be if everybody wants to pay 10 dollars in quarters you will very quickly be swimming in them, running out of space in your drawer, and counting them all at the end of the day would be torture. But that chances more than one person is going to do so are pretty slim. Quarters can disappear pretty fast too, so I don't mind having lots available.

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  coolmike699  |  23

Oh, this stupid myth strikes again... No, stores don't have to take coins. Stores don't have to take any money at all. You can look this up on the Treasury's web site.

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  evilplatypus  |  35

From the US Treasury website: "The pertinent portion of law that applies to your question is the Coinage Act of 1965, specifically Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," which states: "United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues." "This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy."

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legal tender or not, they can refuse to count the change if they want, they don't "have to" take it just cause its legal tender. At my store, I refuse to take wet money, boob money or sock money, it's disgusting

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  GhostFox  |  33

Because it's the cashier's JOB. If OP did count it, the cashier would have had to recount it anyway. So not only is the cashier kind of a dick ("ooooh, counting to forth is so hard" says the person who didn't pay attention in math class. The cashier gets paid to count people's money and make sure the correct amount is in the still and safe. They're refusing to do their job and expecting to be paid In other words, they are shirking their.

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  chyiochan  |  26

Yes its the cashiers job, but setting them up in piles of 4 makes it a lot easier. Once he'd see one pile was 4, and the others were the same heights, he'd only have to count piles. Cashier was still lazy though. Quarters are easy!

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  RichardPencil  |  22

Pennies are legal tender, but they can be refused for amounts above some limit. I doubt either of us know definitively what the law says about paying debts in coinage.

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  chyiochan  |  26

Governments/banks are the only ones who have to accept coins as legal tender. Banks can require them to be in rolls though. Independent businesses are allowed to refuse as long as its not discrimination.

By  jks0308  |  22

as a cashier myself i would have been very appreciative that you only brought quarters. i have counted out coins totaling over $10 with a mix of quarters and other coins and i had no problem doing it. money is money, it shouldn't matter what you use to pay.

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  bartsj1988  |  7

Most of the time only one till is open and they have a line of other people waiting. It's not like retail where you could just go to another line if you want to.

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  jks0308  |  22

I work at walgreens and I don't know if they're set up the same everywhere, but in Illinois there's only one register open and one cashier so people can't go to another line. granted, we have one other register so if we need to we can call someone up to help ring customers up but there's no guarantee that someone will come up when called for help

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  bartsj1988  |  7

Ok? What's your point? That's not at all relevant here because OP did not use a pay before you pump. Are you sure that most places are entirely pay before you pump? I'm pretty sure most places have a combination of both pay before and pay after.

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  chyiochan  |  26

Agreed that OP's stated it was a pay before pump, because he said he couldn't get to work in the end. If he pumped first, the cashier would have taken it.

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