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by Abigail Van Buren

Grandma Looks for Guidance to Tame Happy Wild Child

DEAR ABBY: I work in a candy store where things are pretty fast-paced and always busy. Please tell me how I should handle customers at the register -- mothers and daughters, couples, friends -- who fight over who should pay for the order. Two people will wave their cash at me and tell me not to let the other one pay. They actually expect me to choose!

From whom should I take the money in these pairs of people? If the store wasn't constantly so busy, I'd let them squabble among themselves, but that's not the case. I need to get the line moving in order to help other customers. Please advise. -- GIRL WITH A "SWEET" DILEMMA

DEAR GIRL: Handle it this way: Smile and say, "While you two are trying to decide, I'll help the next customer!"