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    Category: Awesome Customers

    Gonna Party Like Its 1595

    | Australia | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Bizarre

    Me: “Okay, that’s $15.95.”

    Customer: “I remember 1595. ‘Twas a good year; Hastings was a changed place, that’s for sure.”

    Me: “And the maidens were young and fair?”

    Customer: “Yep. The biggest news story was these two young people who got married but succumbed to a tragic murder-suicide. And some young ‘un going by the name Shakespeare was top of the charts. Yep, an interesting year for sure!” *wanders off with his purchase*

    A Sweet Gesture

    | Aalst, Belgium | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers

    (I am at the register. An older lady, visibly shaken up, approaches me.)

    Me: “Can I help you, ma’am?”

    Lady: “Yes, about half an hour ago, I bought my groceries here.” *shows me her receipt* “But when I was in the aisle, one of my bags broke. And to have my hands free I put this bar of chocolate in the pocket of my coat. I didn’t notice it until a few minutes ago.”

    Me: “So you’ve come back… to pay for it?”

    Lady: “Yes, I feel awful about it.”

    Me: “Wow…  Just, wow. You are the first person to do that since I have worked here. I didn’t know people would do that!”

    (I finished her transaction. If it hadn’t been company policy to not give things away, I would have given the chocolate to her for free. Thanks, lady, for showing there are decent, albeit unusual, people out there.)

    Smiles Can Go Miles

    , | DE, USA | Awesome Customers

    (I work mostly morning shifts at a mall food court. I love it, because it’s slow and I can people watch, and most of the time when I do get customers, they’re either senior citizens, mall employees, or moms with babies, and they’re all wonderful. I’ve been working there for a couple of weeks when an old man walks up to me.)

    Me: “Hi, how are you?”

    Customer: “You know, I’m in here pretty much every day, and I see you watching people and smiling and laughing, and it always makes me happy. I just wanted to make sure you know that there’s a lot of bad stuff going on in this world, but if you keep smiling, things will start to get better.”

    Me: *beaming* “Thank you.”

    (He nods at me and walks away. My manager walks up from the back and grins at me.)

    Manager: “Keep smiling, my friend.”

    (I’ve been working there for four months now and that’s still the best thing that’s happened to me on the job.)

    Back To The Uber

    | San Francisco, CA, USA | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Geeks Rule, Transportation

    (A large group of us are going from a house party to a club, so we order two separate Ubers. My group gets into the second Uber just as the first one is pulling away.)

    Me: “Driver! Follow that car!”

    Uber Driver: “Awesome! I’ve always wanted someone to say that!”

    (We pull away and start following our friends in the first Uber.)

    Uber Driver: “So, why are we following them?”

    (My three slightly tipsy friends and I all answer simultaneously.)

    Friend #1: “Kidnapping.”

    Friend #2: “Terrorists.”

    Friend #3: “Aliens.”

    Me: “Time Travelers.”

    Uber Driver: “So… time-traveling alien terrorists have kidnapped someone?”

    Me: “That’s right!”

    Uber Driver: “Well I have a flux-capacitor in the back!”

    Me: “But this isn’t a DeLorean!”

    Uber Driver: “Yeah, Uber wouldn’t let me use the DeLorean for fear I would get the passengers to their destinations before they even left their point of origin. Temporal paradoxes and all that. But I still have the spare flux-capacitor, so don’t tell them!”

    Me: “Your secret is safe with us.”

    Uber Driver: “So shall we time travel to stop the evil alien time-traveling terrorists from their fiendish scheme?”

    Friend #1: “I see a problem with that plan.”

    Me: “What’s that?”

    Friend #1: “Good luck hitting 88 mph in downtown San Francisco…”

    Cold Day, Hot Chocolate, Warmed Heart

    | Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Awesome Customers

    (It’s early January and I am the lot attendant for the local grocery store. It is bitterly cold outside, with the thermometer hovering at about six degrees and the wind chill pushing it down further. Snow is everywhere. I have just come in for my break. We have a little cafe area near the entrance that sells hot chocolate. I would get some, but the line is eight customers deep, and I only have fifteen minutes. I resign myself to a very unpleasant shift and head for the office. On the desk is a steaming hot cup of hot chocolate with a Post-It note attached. The note reads: “For the poor man out there dealing with the carts.)

    Me: *to myself* “Best customer I never met.”

    (To this day, I still don’t know who left that for me. Whoever you are, thank you so much for the hot chocolate. I don’t know how I would have gotten through that shift without it.)