Earlier this week, I had a guest come into the shop at 5:30a wanting to purchase a cup of coffee for her and her husband and a pastry. The total for all of this was under $5.00. She placed a hundred dollar bill down on the counter and preceded with her conversation with her husband. After a couple of "polite" throat clearing sounds, she looked back at me and I informed her that I didn't have enough change to break her bill, and ask if she had something smaller or a different payment option. Now before I continue, I will say I was actually being polite, we as polite as I could be for it being 5:30 in the morning.
So she gave me this look ( you all know the look) and said, "what do you mean you
cannot break this, you didn't even open your register." Now, the E.J. you all know and sometimes love... had to come out. "Well Miss, I did open the store this morning and I know how much is in the register. And since we just opened 30 minutes ago and there were four guest before you, I might have just a little idea on how much is in the register." She gave me one of those 'Orange County housewife' grunts of discust and pulled out her credit card, paid and left.
We are living in a world where there is not a need to carry that much cash on you. Just use your bank card or carry small bills, then you know that you will not have troubles with places not being able to take your hundred dollar bill.