On 7/2/18 3:49 AM, Peter Duncanson [BrE] wrote:
> On Sun, 1 Jul 2018 17:38:31 -0600, Jerry Friedman
> <***@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> On 7/1/18 2:37 AM, Stefan Ram wrote:
>>> *** The following text might be something ***
>>> *** that sensitive minds want to avoid! ***
>>> I read on a Web page:
>>> |It became one of the first self-service items in American
>>> |retailing history after it was strategically placed on
>>> |countertops with a special payment box so that the woman
>>> |didn't have to ask a clerk for it and touch hands.
>>> . What does "touch hands" mean here?
>>> Does it mean that the woman does not have to touch the hands
>>> of a clerk?
>> That's how it's written.
>>> She surely still has to touch the product!
>> She might not like to touch a man's hand while talking or thinking about
>> something so intimate. Or as Tony Cooper said, it might be about a
>> man's possible aversion to touching a woman during her period (see
>> Leviticus 15:19). The woman might be being considerate of the clerk's
>> feelings, or it might be a badly written sentence saying that the clerk
>> didn't have to touch her hand.
>> Or it might just be wrong. There's no source for the sentence in the
>> Wikiparticle. Other articles I can find on the Web say only that the
>> reason Kotex was self-service (take a package from a basket and drop in
>> 65 cents) was so women could avoid the embarrassment of mentioning it.
> That sounds logical.
> I've seen reports of money being passed to the clerk and change back to
> the customer by putting it on the counter, or in a dish/bowl on the
> counter, so that the customer and clerk didn't touch hangs. However, I
> don't recall seeing that during my lifetime. It might have been done
> in previous centuries. It might still be done by some as a religious
> requirement or preference.
Haredi ("Ultra-Orthodox") Jews, for example.
> I have a vague distant memory of seeing a wooden bowl on a oounter for
> passing cash between customer and clerk, but I don't know whether that
> was in real life, in a movie, imagined in my mind, or whatever.
I have definite memories of cash registers that make change
automatically and roll it down a track into a little bowl. I assume the
main purpose of that, after fascinating children, is to avoid mistakes
with the change. I pay for almost everything with a card these days, so
I don't notice change-making methods, but I think the Walmart here has that.