[Tutor] Ingenious script (IMO)

Dick Moores rdm at rcblue.com
Tue Aug 7 05:32:35 CEST 2007


At 08:38 PM 8/6/2007, Tiger12506 wrote:
> > The modern way seems to be to look at the change amount given by the
> > cash register and count that out starting with dollars...
>So true... tsk tsk.
>
>That's because the teenagers that give you the change do not know how to
>count it back. What a great idea to write a program that can show them how!
>Or perhaps the excuse is more the truth - it's faster to throw the change at
>you. I know that many old-timers would be very impressed to have their
>change counted back to them. (It's required sometimes-my father told stories
>of a blind man that knew how much money he had and where in his wallet it
>was by how the cashier counted it back).
>
>I imagine that however exactly it is phrased when you count back change is
>dialectual. Some people do it some way, some do it other ways. In my part of
>the US, the "proper" way is:
>
>$10.00
>Say "5.77"
>"3 makes 80"
>"20 makes 6"
>"and four makes 10 dollars"
>"Have a nice day"
>
>While handing out the described amount at each line break. Sometimes,
>especially in important applications, like in a bank, they will count and
>hand the bills out to you individually - i.e. "and one, two, three, four
>makes 10 dollars"
>Of course, the "have a nice day" is optional, but it makes a nice touch ;-)
>Among the elders, it is considered very courteous to count back the change,
>but so often this is not the case that it is no longer considered rude to
>skip the counting...
>
>Anyway, the python part of this discussion is to point out that the method
>varies, so it would be even more of a challenge to provide options for how
>the change should be counted.

OK, I'll give it a try. Thanks for the challenges.

Dick

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