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“I make large cash purchases all the time,” explained Miguel. “I never have to fill out some form. It’s easy…I hand you my cash, and you place my order.”
“Look, Mr. Martinez…”
“Call me Miguel.”
“Okay, Miguel, I can’t answer for what other stores do. If they let you skip IRS Form 8300, that’s between you and them.”
The customer opened his mouth to speak, but Derrick continued. “Legally, we have no option if you decide to pay cash. We must report cash payments over ten thousand dollars to the IRS, or we risk being fined.”
“I’ve done this at your other stores,” Miguel said. “They never made me fill out that stupid form.”
“I heard you the first time,” Derrick said. “But my store follows the law. As Annabelle explained, if you pay with a money order, check, or credit card, you don’t have to complete the form. If you want to pay cash, the law requires a Form 8300.”
Miguel shifted his weight from one foot to the other. “Why do you insist on making this complicated? All I want to do is give you my money, and you persist in giving me a hard time.”
Derrick glanced over his shoulder. Annabelle, Sheila, and Allison were watching
Miguel stuck his hands in his pockets. “So how are we going to do this?”
Derrick resisted the urge to raise his voice to this idiot. “You have two options,” he said. “The same two options that Annabelle has already explained to you. Fill out the form, or use a different form of payment.”
“I don’t want to fill out the form,” Miguel said.
Derrick nodded. “That’s fine. Then we will be happy to accept a charge card, cashier’s check, or money order.”
“You don’t understand,” Miguel said. “I don’t want to fill out that form.”
Derrick looked down at his feet. He was getting tired of running in circles. Besides, who the hell carries thirty thousand in cash?
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