questionshave you seen this story about chipotle mexican…

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I have noticed that the total at Chipotle is never something that doesn't end in a 0 or 5. I assumed they intentionally set their prices so that the price of anything plus tax is a multiple of 5 but I guess it is rounding. Good for them! I'll gladly pay $.02 (since it will never be more than that) to have the line move faster (although the stores near me all have automatic change dispensers). Why can't everyone just pay with a credit card?

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Glad I have never paid to eat there. Don't like it anyways.

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If they just ALWAYS round DOWN, they get the same line speed up and EVERYONE is happy. I'm sure they shouldn't care about losing 2 cents on every sale to speed up their line. Not sure why they had the dumb idea to round up or down depending on the amount.

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I agree...if you want to take it upon your self to do away with pennies...then you need to take the loss. Round down, never up...

What would they do if someone came in with a bag of pennies to pay? :)

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@djohnson64055: That would be a poetic way to protest this.

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I nearly got cheated out of $0.03 at Wendy's one day because the cashier didn't want to break the roll. I just about jumped through the drive-thru window when she asked me if I wanted my $0.03.

I know $0.03 will not affect me one way or the other, but dammit, it's MY $0.03.

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People realize that you'd have to eat there over 300 times, with every single one rounding up from $*.03, to equal a single meal lost? They really should have just announced they were doing it instead of sneaking it in but really, if you would have know that your meal was going to be 2 whole cents more expensive would anyone have eaten somewhere else? No, of course not. Rounding works both ways so that's what they did. If you read the whole article it says they only round down now.

We should have done away with pennies long ago and anyone who throws a fit about 2 cents extra on their bill should be slapped.

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@apocello42: There's a principle involved. Falsely advertising a price comes to mind. It doesn't matter how big a difference - the fact is that you can't trust their numbers.

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Don't be surprised when the penny goes away and this happens anyway. Canada's is already on the way out and it doesn't make sense for us to spend more money to make a coin than it's worth. It's really not that hard to round up or down, basic elementary math skillz is where it's at.

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As long as they round down when applicable it should even out for all parties eventually - should we ditch the penny. Something tells me businesses will only round up - which should make consumers go through the roof

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@apocello42: I could use a good slap. It might wake me up a bit.

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@omnichad: Whenever anyone says "it's about the principle" like athletes negotiating their salary, it's never about the principle.

But I get you though it's not false advertising but them doing it without disclosure or permission.

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@first2summit: Recent example. I went to a grocery store I never really go to. I wanted to buy the Kraft parmesan cheese. It had a suggested retail price of $3.49 marked in huge letters on the product, a shelf tag that said $3.49, but the "sale" tag said 2/$7 (a penny more).

They spent 10 minutes getting in a manager over it. And they told me that the price went up and they hadn't gotten new shelf tags left. I walked over a penny, and it was definitely on principle. I could never trust them again after that.

So on top of not giving me the penny off, they wasted at least $1 of payroll time "helping" me.

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I'm in NJ and my local Chipotle has always priced their menu so that the items, after tax, end up on a round (0 or 5) number. I guess if you have a couple of items it could get messed up, but I never noticed it.

Who cares? It's 2 cents. Literally.

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And, not to mention, it will most likely even itself out in the long run - your rounding could go either way. Even if you went there every workday of the year (call it 250 of them), and ordered the same thing each time that ended up in a 2 cent loss, you're talkin 5 bucks over the course of a year. Switch up and order at all though and you're probably breaking more or less even.

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@omnichad: Gotta pick your battles. If you're arming up for $0.01, then you're going to waste your life over meaningless and petty things.

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chipotle is like starbucks... overpriced & trendy product that only tools and douchebags enjoy.

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@first2summit: I had time to kill. But I was quite civil about it. This was one of two items that were ridiculous. They also tried to sell me a sale item for 20 cents more than the sale price. I walked them over to the shelf and pointed at the big sign that said the price. They walked me down the aisle and pointed at another small sign with a higher price.

They finally agreed to the correct price on the 20 cent difference, but couldn't let that cheese go for the penny less they have the sign advertising it for.

By the way, DQ cheats you out of a two pennies when you buy two chicken wraps around here. 1 of them is $1.49, but they are 2/$3 on the deals menu.

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I understand about "the principle of the thing", but my time spent not arguing about 2 cents is worth more than 2 cents to me. YMMV

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I'm thinking that in most states/counties this would be illegal. Intentionally overcharging by even a penny here in California would get them fined big time by the county office of weights and measures.

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It's like "Office Space" but in reverse.

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@omnichad: I've got a potential solution: Buy better cheese. It's more expensive but you're worth it.