The language barrier bit me in the ass today, or rather, caused me to bite someone else in the ass, I suppose. I went to the market on the corner for meat for dinner and a couple other small things. I had baby Maggie strapped to me with the Moby. Several people stopped to ooh and aah over her - usually in German, so I just nodded and smiled a lot, since I'm sure they were going on and on about how adorable she is. Duh.
When I got to the register, I realized I forgot my bag, so I needed to buy a new one. No biggie. The people leaving the register ahead of me and the cashier did the German ooh and aah thing, so I smiled and nodded some more. Once my stuff was rung up and the cashier had put it in the bag for me (which doesn't usually happen) while still ooh-ing and aah-ing, she said the total. I looked at the screen and swore it said 12,02 (Germans use commas instead of decimals. No idea why.). I gave her 15 euros. Now here's where it gets dicey. She kept talking. In German, of course. I thought she wanted the two euro-cent, which I didn't have. I tried to tell her I had only one euro-cent. Finally, she just sort of shook her head and waved me off and put the money away. But she didn't give me any change. I didn't feel comfortable trying to argue with her, since I still knew no German.
On the way home, I was kind of annoyed that she had ripped me off. I felt like a dumb American who couldn't do anything to defend myself. Whatever.
When I got home and unpacked everything, I saw my receipt. The total was actually 15,02. I stole 2 euro-cent from the nice cashier. I'm the bitch :(