For several years now I have picked up odd shifts at a local music venue, working the door collecting the cover charge. I only work as a sub when the regular person needs the night off for one reason or another, but over the course of several years I’ve done the job quite a lot. When I’m not often needed it still works out to at least two shifts a month and there have been a few spells when I’ve worked 12 to 15 shifts a month. So, it has amounted to quite a bit of field research.
It is a cash only situation. The cover charge is almost always $6.00.[ul]
[li]Many people pay with a $20 bill[/li][li]A good number of good people pay exact change:[/li]of these, most pay with a $5 bill and a $1 bill
BUT it is not rare for someone to pay with six $1 bills
[li]Some people pay with two $5 bills[/li][/ul]
It is VERY VERY RARE that anyone ever pays with a $10 bill.
In a four hour shift, often I will not receive a single $10 bill. Not receiving $10 bills then, of course, means I don’t have $10 bills to give as change when someone pays with a $20 bill- in which case I make change by giving two $5 bills and four singles. Thus, the cycle continues: these people who did not have a $10 bill to begin with, still don’t have a $10 bill because I had to make their change with $5 bills.
Why don’t people ever have $10 bills?
IF the answer is as simple as: Cashiers (like me) don’t get $10 bills so they have to give change in multiples of $5 bills, therefore people who did not have a $10 bill to begin with, still don’t have a $10 bill- THEN aren’t $10 bills more pointless than the penny, which so many people want to eliminate because “pennies don’t circulate”?