To limit the use of small change, a new measure has been introduced in Belgium: tradespeople may henceforth round the amount of your cash register receipt.
You have no doubt heard about this: tradespeople may round the amount of your purchases to the nearest five cents. In practice, if the total amount ends in one or two cents, it will rounded to zero cents. If it ends in three, four, six or seven cents, it is rounded to five cents and if it ends in eight or nine cents, it is rounded to 10 cents.
This rounding is of course subject to certain rules and a symbol must be displayed by the tradespeople who practise it.
A series of conditions are provided for in order for the rounding to be applied: the payment must be made with the consumer physically present; rounding is carried out on the total amount of the cash register receipt and not product-by-product; tradespeople must practise rounding systematically, which means upwards as well as downwards, in accordance with the rounding rules; tradespeople who practise rounding must display a specific symbol in a clearly visible manner. RTBF