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Posted by Joe P. on 12/3/2013
At some point an employee of National Cash Register Company invented a cash register which operated by a small motor, however the first registers were cranked by hand and did not print receipts. The way the invention prevented theft was in that the register cash drawer would only open when a sale had been entered into the register. To alert the business owner that a sale was being transacted, a bell would ring from the register whenever the “total” button was pushed. This is where we get the expression “to ring up a sale or purchase.”
The cash register was and is still designed with a drawer featuring separate compartments for each denomination of bills up to twenties. Bills with higher denominations are routinely placed in the drawer, and beneath the tray containing the separated bills.
Today’s cash registers are usually attached to other devices such as scales, barcode scanners, checkstands and debit/credit card terminals. While they continue to serve a purpose, they are large and cumbersome and are not able to provide business owners with the security and user friendliness of general purpose computers with POS software.