• Michael R (unregistered)

What an honour. And am I even frist?

• Kal (unregistered)

Standard day for you brother

• Kal (unregistered)

Standard day brother

• Mr Bits (unregistered)

Looks like he was in dire straits with Just Eat.

• Mr Bits (unregistered)

Spreading your reward out across every item on the receipt is something that Kohl's has been doing as long as I can remember, and it's infuriating.

• (nodebb)

How do you make a 1.5 bottle? That seems like a topological question.

• (nodebb)

French Vodka? What's this craziness?

• (nodebb) in reply to mynameishidden

I take it there are no fractions or non-integer values where you're from? Your computers must be very fast not having to cope with all those additional calculations.

• (nodebb) in reply to DonaldK

The problem isn't the fractions, but fractions of a bottle. A half a bottle is a glass, if it's the bottom half, a tube if it's the top. I'm not sure what you call it if you slice lengthwise.

Presumably what they meant was 1.5 litre bottle, that's more WTFery.

• (nodebb)

What is an ancient grain roll? Do Lidl not sell fresh rolls?

• Dr, Pepper (unregistered)

Spreading out the discount among all the items allows for returns. Just the portion of the discount that was applied to the item being returned is refunded to the purchaser. It makes total sense to me; and is not a WTF.

• RLB (unregistered) in reply to Dr, Pepper

It makes total sense to me; and is not a WTF.

And at least it adds up. I know supermarket chains where it wouldn't.

• Álvaro González (github)

It's worth trying entering a negative amount in the gratuity field.

• dusoft (unregistered) in reply to Dr, Pepper

Exactly that. Also, it works for financial data analysis as all items are discounted a bit a no discount is provided separately from what is bought. Pure analytics, baby.

• dusoft (unregistered) in reply to mynameishidden

1.5 l, captain non-obvious

• Lily White (unregistered) in reply to Dr, Pepper

Another theory is that this makes consumers think they get more discount. Because, er, they see a lot of discount and they think they get more than 2 pounds.

• Camber Arnfield (unregistered)

You can have any gratuity you want as long as it's 12.5%

• Fa (unregistered) in reply to Mr Bits

• markm (unregistered) in reply to Barry Margolin

Unless it's for the entire party, a 1.5 liter bottle is huge (over 48 ounces). But what else could the unit be in modern London? Even 1.5 Imperial pints (30 ounces) is grossly large for an individual drink. 1.5 millilitre would be even more ridiculous.

The basic issue is that any number without a unit is meaningless.

• markm (unregistered)

On second thought: was "1.5" the price, not the volume? It would be uninformative to list only the price and stupid to list "1.5" twice, once with the pound symbol and once without any symbol, but not as uninformative and stupid as to list the volume without the units.

Perhaps a Brit might know about how much Pepsi you should get for 1.5 pounds in London. But when you go international, such assumptions become hazardous. My brother-in-law had a story about buying pizza as a US Navy sailor on leave in Italy. Neither he nor his buddy had one word of Italian, but the sign said "pizza", it showed a picture of pizza, and it had a list of prices in Lira, which they knew how to convert to an approximation in dollars. But what did the words beside the prices mean? Well, they went to the "El Supremo" on the bottom, converted Lira to dollars, and in the states that was a fair price for a pizza large enough for two hungry men. The shop owner goggled a bit when they ordered "El Supremo", but it was clear that was what they wanted, and they had the cash. When the pizza came out, it was huge. It overlapped the outdoor table top. So what could they do? They started waving at people passing by and asking if they spoke English. Everyone who could manage a few words of English got a slice, and it turned into an impromptu party. (Even including the man in Royal Navy uniform, whose response was, "Yes, I speak English. What's that you're speaking?")

• (nodebb)

I'm not sure what you call it if you slice lengthwise.

A boat.