Got Change?

The Puzzler

RAY: This is from my money and finance series, and was sent in by Frank Ford. He writes:

"I work in a small music store that specializes in stringed instruments. We generally don't have many, or any, customers early in the day. But one day, recently, there was fellow who walked in right at 11 A.M. when I opened the door for business.

"He bought a set of light gauge guitar strings and an assortment of flat picks and a few other things. The bill came to $13.59 including the sales tax. He opened his wallet and immediately began to apologize.

"He said, 'Oh, I'm sorry, all I have is a 50-dollar bill,' implying that my cheesy little music store probably couldn't make change this early in the morning.

"'No problem,' I said as I grabbed the bill from his hand. I was a little suspicious, however, so I checked his $50 over carefully. It was legitimate. As I gave him his change, we each noticed something that made us both smile and say, 'Hey, that's kind of cool.'

"The question is, what did we notice?"

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