skip to content skip to search skip to navigation Listen Live skip to logon
Tuesday 30th September 2014
Max 21°C | Min 16°C

Why do you get change note first then coins?

Question

When you buy something with a note and get change, why do they always give you change with the note first, then the change, which then slips off? Why not give us the coins, then the note?
Susan, Pall Mall

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Kim, Harrow
Qualification: I’ve been to shops
Answer: It’s very practical, as when you get given the change that way, you can count it in one glance. If the change was below a note, you would not be able to change it. Plus it stops the note blowing away.

Comments