Or your two cents?
Today I stood waiting in a shop for two cents' change. After about five seconds, I realised that they weren't coming and, at precisely the same moment, the shop assistant realised what I was waiting for and scooped a two-cent piece out of the till for me. A friend of mine had an almost identical experience last night, so I got to wondering: what's the protocol in situations like this?
If you just walk off without waiting for your coppers, is that not a bit blasé? A bit "the extra few seconds of my precious time that I've saved by not waiting is worth a lot more than two bloody cents"?
Or is it perhaps courteous to leave those cents with the shopkeeper, particularly considering the recessionary times we're living in? Maybe all the cennies will build up and help to postpone liquidation just that little bit longer?