Often times when I buy and sell using cash.

As a buyer I would count the money in front of the counterparty to ensure that the whole sum is present, or if I don't count it in front of them, I ask that the seller verify the sum when I hand the cash over.

However as a seller, I wonder if it would be impolite to count the buyer's monetary payment in front of them, signaling that I distrust them and need to verify the amount in question.

Chances are, I am reading too much into it.

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  • This really borders on three reasons to close the question: off topic for PF, too broad, and opinion based. – RonJohn Dec 12 '17 at 2:14
  • I'll preemptively delete it if I see close votes. But at the same time, it is a cultural mannerism that directly impacts individuals and firms who handle cash money and needs to verify actual cash contents. – Frank FYC Dec 12 '17 at 2:18
  • Do you have a retail store, or are you just talking about occasional situations where you are selling some belongings to someone else for cash? – Ben Miller Dec 12 '17 at 2:27
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    @FrankFYC for what you mention, as the buyer, I'd count out the money as a show of openness/honesty. As the buyer, I'd recount it to verify the buyer didn't do any sleight of hand... – RonJohn Dec 12 '17 at 2:43
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    This question would probably be on-topic at Interpersonal Skills. – Ben Miller Dec 12 '17 at 3:11

IMNSHO "publicly" counting the money is an expression of sunshine: "it's my fiduciary mandate to ensure that you're doing right, and I'm proving to you that I'm not cheating you".

  • So the main limiter is impact on other people's transactions? – Frank FYC Dec 12 '17 at 2:19
  • I'm not sure if "main" is the right word, because you've got to ensure that you don't overpay, and the cashier must ensure that you don't underpay (which is why I think I'm going to remove that first clause). Still, don't be a dick and pay for something expensive with a pile of tiny bills... :) – RonJohn Dec 12 '17 at 2:25
  • Like this guy? huffingtonpost.com/entry/… – Frank FYC Dec 12 '17 at 2:27
  • No, because that's a "fighting City Hall" issue. I'm talking about someone who goes to the store and buys $100 of groceries with $1 and $5 bills. – RonJohn Dec 12 '17 at 2:32
  • Some industries and professions compensate workers specifically with $1's and $5's. But I get the idea. – Frank FYC Dec 12 '17 at 2:38

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