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Spending more to receive more

Retail assistant: That comes to ¥550.

Customer (placing ¥1,000 in a tray on the counter): Here you go.

Retail assistant: Do you have another ¥50?

Customer: I thought that you said it totals ¥550? … Oh, wait …

— Drug store, Toritsu-daigaku, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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