Weigh In: Is it Rude to Place Money on the Counter?


Before we even tackle is it a cultural thing let’s get right to the truth?

  • As a customer do you find it rude to place money on the counter? 
  • Do you place the money on the counter?


Now weigh in and share, I am sure that many folks in this world actually places the money on the counter instead of placing it in the clerks hand. My question is this” do you even realize what you are doing and what statement you are actually making to your customers?


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Desiray says:

    I will weigh in on this…I find it very offensive for a person to place money on the counter when I have my hands open to receive it. I have had this happen numerous of times and it’s simply rude. Even if it’s their culture actions speaks louder then words. The last time I had that happen to me I asked the clerk “why didn’t you place my change back in my hand? Needless to say the clerk didn’t respond but it made them think about the next person they checked out.

    Okay now share your thoughts. I know that some who reads this will not answer or comment, and that is cool. Maybe your one of those people who are actually being rude. But rather you see it not being rude or your not aware of what your doing. What would you do if it happens to you? How will you handle it.?

  2. Laurie says:

    Wow, I have to say the idea of this just kind of – blew me away. I always place money into a persons hands when I am paying, unless I’m dinning out and they give you a check/fold. I get that ready at the table and usually leave it to the side while we finish up with plans on carrying it (and handing it) to the check out. – What a concept. Why would someone place money on a counter? I’ve never seen or heard of this before. I guess – they are phobic? Pray for them 😉 ♥

  3. Desiray says:

    OH sis, I have seen it allot and had it happen to me.I think some people don’t even realize it if it happens to them or they probably don’t think that it matters.

    It will be interesting to see how others weigh in on this. It will also be interesting to see how others will start taking notice of it when they are out and about.

  4. Laurie says:

    I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with such bad manners. I can’t wrap my head around it. Sending {hugs}.

  5. I never thought about it before but they could do it because of germs?

  6. Desiray says:

    Could be…I know at walmart they wear plastic gloves

  7. Wayne Comer says:

    I have definitely thought about this question at great lengths. You might also say it’s one of my many “pet peeves” (spelling?). To spare all the details, here’s my take.

    As a customer, I am always waiting to receive change or receipt in my hand. It seems to be the more natural response. If a clerk places it on the counter it reflects that persons attitude is be a bit “hostile” towards myself, as if to say, “Here’s your change, now get…”

    As a clerk (employee), people are expecting courtesy and it’s my job to extend that courtesy in everything I do for the customer no matter how the customer might respond to that courtesy (kindness).

    As a Christian, I work for the Lord. Anything less than my best is not acceptable. Let me clarify, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”- 1 Corinthians 10:31

  8. Wayne Comer says:

    I keep meaning to say this…

    I love your blog. You always bring a fresh perspective into the day.

    May God continue to find favor in you and your family, bringing with it a new freshness of peace and understanding that only God can satisfy.


    Numbers 6:24-26

  9. Desiray says:

    When I first started in retail I saw first hand how people would place the money on the counter, during that time I just assumed that they didn’t want to touch my hand.

    As I grew up and I changed careers and went to other stores and still had that experienced I thought that they are just rude.

    My reason for posting it was to see if others were experiencing it and how they handled it. It really is one of my pet-peeves..as well. Thank you for sharing your story, I do appreciate it.

  10. Desiray says:

    I surely do appreciate that scripture you sent me. It’s one of my favorite that I hear allot from others when they encourage me.

    As far as the blogs I have to give credit to the Holy Spirit. When I sit down and to do a devotion the Holy Spirit tells me what to write. I’ve always wanted to give people life applications and what ever He gives me to share He speaking to me first about the message. And it sticks with me throughout my day. Sometimes I even see the reasoning for the devotion and sometimes I don’t. But I do know it’s for a reason even if the reasoning is just for me.

    Again thank you so much and God bless you and yours.

  11. Mike B. says:

    I manage college students working in retail and most have to be taught this important courtesy. I like what Wayne said about working for God’s glory. It is rude to not be respectful to everyone even if they lay the money on the counter. It gives us an opportunity to teach WWJD without saying a word.

  12. Carlene W. says:

    I have had the same experience when I worked in retail and it was very frustrating to me that they would not hand me the money when paying their “bill”. It never made sense to me, unless their hands were full with children and was easier for them to do that. I will say that I have never given it much thought. I have always tried to remember what my mother has always taught us growing up. “It doesn’t cost anything to be kind, and you may not know what struggle that person is going through.” So, when things like this would happen, or other times when I thought people were acting rude, I always try to remember that. You are right, however, in saying-now that you have brought the subject up, I will be much more aware. Blessings to you!

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