Cash or Credit?

I’m experiencing a problem here in Germany.

They hate anyone who pays with plastic. For an American this is like eating spaghetti with your hands. Using a credit or debit card (responsibly) just makes sense. It’s a lot easier and it saves a crap load of time.

If you attempt to pay for something with a credit card the most common response you’ll get is a scoff and then a scold saying, “we don’t take that here”. Although in German it’s a lot less polite.

To make matters worse, they also get extremely offended by very small change or large bills. So, if one doesn’t have anything between 1 euro or 20 euros, then one is up the figurative shit river without a paddle.

You’ll hand them your card and then they’ll get pissed and outright refuse. Then you hand them the 50 euros the ATM automatically gives you and they’ll at first refuse to break it. Saying, “I can’t break that”, or “Fuck you”.  As you plead your case they finally concede to taking your legal tender, and open their drawer which you notice is stuffed full of 5’s, 10’s, and 20’s since it is clearly the only thing they like using.

I really can’t explain their irrational hatred for large bills or credit cards, or why they get so upset about breaking larger bills. If anyone has any insights about this, I would love to hear about it.



Filed under complaining, insanity

2 responses to “Cash or Credit?

  1. byrdee150

    it’s true! cashiers get SO mad! geez. they also don’t like when i count change at the register. it’d be different if the ATM gave you all fives and 2 euro coins but they don’t so… deal with it? when i first got here to Germany i would lay a ten on the counter and begin counting the exact change but they’d snatch up my ten and start giving me change for the 10 instead even though i clearly was still getting ready. now i know, don’t lay your money on the counter until you count out exactly the right amount!

  2. kristinbethea

    Germans have to get pissed about something ridiculously tedious, or else they wouldn’t be Germans.

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