Who doesn’t know this: When someone sticks out cash at the checkout at Aldi, Lidl and other supermarkets when paying, other customers in line usually get annoyed.
Cashiers at Aldi, Lidl and other retailers are also not fans of paying small change because they want things to go quickly at the checkout. The supermarket employee couldn’t contain her dissatisfaction.
Aldi, Lidl & Co: The cashier reacts annoyed
While many customers want to pay for their purchases at Aldi, Lidl and other markets quickly and easily with a card, others rely on tried and tested cash – including coins that are billed in cents.
But the cashier didn’t like it at all, as one customer reported on X (formerly Twitter). “Hey, you stupid cash cow… I’m allowed a small sum of one euro in change… no matter how upset you are.” “I’m Anja” writes user X named. But is this actually true? Are customers allowed to pay any amount in the supermarket in cents or are cashiers allowed to refuse to accept very large amounts?
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Aldi, Lidl and Co.: The cashier is allowed to refuse to accept change
In fact, the obligation to accept coins is regulated in Article 3 of the Coin Code. This sets the maximum amounts that can be paid with small change.
Therefore the maximum amount a customer can pay retail with Euro coins is 200 EUR. Regardless of the amount, the maximum number of 50 coins per payment may not be exceeded. For amounts exceeding these limits, money changers may refuse to accept change. They have to accept anything less.
In principle, supermarket employees could accept larger amounts of change if they had the nerve to do so. In the case of “Ana Anga” it is clearly a legitimate amount anyway – and makes the cashier’s reaction unnecessary.
By the way: If you can’t drop your coins at Aldi, Lidl and other retailers, you can contact the German bank Deutsche Bundesbank. They are obligated to accept larger amounts and more coins.
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