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    Not All Customers Are Sick

    | Minneapolis, MN, USA | Awesome Customers, Health & Body, Top

    (A customer comes up to my counter.)

    Customer: “I have a fascinating offer to make you.”

    Me: “Uh-oh?”

    Customer: “If you let me use some cleaners, and give me a free water from the fountain, I’ll clean up the mess I just made throwing up all over your bathroom.”

    Me: “Oh… Well, the fountain drinks don’t have water, but I’ll get you some. [Coworker] over there is actually cleaning the men’s room right now, so you can talk to him.”

    Customer: “Thank you. I’m sorry.”

    Me: “Oh, it’s alright.”

    (She does indeed borrow some cleaning spray and some towels, and disappears into the women’s restroom for a few minutes. My coworker approaches.)

    Coworker: “What was that all about?”

    Me: “She didn’t say?”

    Coworker: “She just said you said it was okay to borrow the cleaning supplies.”

    Me: “Oh. She said she threw up and wanted to clean it up.”

    Coworker: “Really?”

    Me: “Yup.”

    (She comes back out at the end of this conversation.)

    Customer: “Again, I’m really, really sorry.”

    Me: “Most other customers would have just left it there and not even told us. You told us, apologized, and helped us clean it. You can come in here and throw up every night for all I care. Hope you feel better!”

    Paying It Forward

    | QC, Canada | Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Top

    (I work as a secretary in a community center where children can attend day camps. They also have to pay in advance if they want to attend a special activity outside of the city. A mother calls.)

    Me: “Community Center, how may I help you?”

    Mother: “Hi! I know this must be difficult to do, since you have a lot to do with all the day camps, but I have a request.”

    Me: “Yes?”

    Mother: “Well, my daughter was registered for the activity that will be Friday on next week. I have already paid, but she won’t be able to go because we’re on vacation that week. I would like you to transfer her reservation to another child please.”

    (I think that she wants to get her money back, like most of parents when they call.)

    Me: “So you are asking me to give you back your money for this activity?”

    Mother: “No, no! Of course not! I know it’s a bit complicated, but I would like you to transfer the reservation to another child that would like to go there, but doesn’t have the money for it.”

    Me: “Oh, wow! Now I understand, and it’s very kind of you! May I have your name, your daughter’s name and your phone number so I can call you back—”

    Mother: “Oh! I don’t need you to call me back; just to know another kid will be happy makes me happy! But my daughter’s name is [name], so you can remove the activity in her file. Thank you very much for doing this!”

    Have Your Cake And Eat It

    | Canada | Awesome Customers, Food & Drink, Top

    (I am working the counter at a bakery. An older customer comes up to order.)

    Customer: “Hi, can I get a chocolate croissant and red velvet cupcake please?”

    Me: “Oh, good choices! The red velvet cupcake is my favorite. I was actually going to get one on my break.”

    (I go to grab his order, and realize there’s only one cupcake left.)

    Me: “Lucky you, you got the last one!”

    Customer: “Oh… are you sure you don’t want it? I can get something else.”

    Me: “It’s okay, sir; that’s just the luck of the draw I guess.”

    (He reluctantly accepts. Once he pays for his food, he takes the cupcake and puts in on the counter.)

    Customer: “For you, my dear.”

    Me: “What? No sir, it’s really okay. I can always get one tomorrow!”

    Customer: “Well, I’m leaving it on the counter and walking away. What you do with it is up to you. Have a good day!”

    (True to his word, he leaves the store. I have to say it was the best cupcake I ever had!)

    Future Technology

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Awesome Customers, Geeks Rule, Technology

    Me: “Hi, my name is [name]; thank you for calling [company]. How can I help you?”

    Customer: “Hi, I’m calling because my internet is, uh, working… again. Huh.”

    Me: “Well, I am prescient. I do usually try fix the problems before people call, but I am running behind today.”

    Customer: “Dude, that’s awesome. Keep it up.”

    (Later, we get an email about how “the tech who can see the future” should get a raise.)

    Taking Account Of The Nice Attitude

    | FL, USA | Awesome Customers, Technology, Top

    (I have some problems with my cell phone bill being charged almost double what it is supposed to be.)

    Me: “Okay, my account number is [number], and it says I’ve paid everything off!”

    Customer Service #1: “Uh, no ma’am. That account was closed.”

    Me: “What? When!”

    Customer Service #1: “On the 13th. It says right here. Now, you owe $300 for account number [different number]. Honestly, you can see this all online.”

    Me: “Um, no I can’t. I can see the info for account number [first number], but I don’t have an account with [second number].”

    Customer Service #1: “Oh, you can’t see it? Let me transfer you to someone that can help with the website.”

    Me: “What? No! Don’t transfer me!”

    (She transfers me before I finish talking. At this point I am extremely annoyed. When the next person comes on the line, I am more than a little rude.)

    Me: “Okay, here is what is going on…”

    (I explain the whole long process.)

    Me: “Now, why is there a different account number there, than what I have?”

    Customer Service #2: “Okay, I see here that you put in a transfer of ownership, yes?”

    Me: “Yes, it was my brother’s, and now it’s mine.”

    Customer Service #2: “See, that’s why. Since you transferred it to your name, we had to cancel the old account and create a new one. The contracts transferred as is.”

    Me: “Oh, that makes sense. I wish someone had told me that would happen, though. But why is it so high?”

    Customer Service #2: “Let me see, huh. With your plan and discount, it should only come out to be about half of what you’re being charged. That is weird. Oh, here it is. For some reason it charged you for last month as well, but you paid that off on the other account, right? It shows a zero balance to me.”

    Me: “Yes, I paid off last month, and that month was higher because I got a new phone.”

    Customer Service #2: “Let me talk to my supervisor, and see if we can fix this issue for you.”

    (I am put on hold for a few minutes.)

    Customer Service #2: “Good news! My supervisor okay-ed me to remove the excess charges. Your new total comes out be $200. The reason it’s still a little high is because of the transfer of ownership fee, and your late fees for not paying on time.”

    Me: “Thanks, but is there anyway you can remove the late fees? I’ve always used the automatic payments, and didn’t know I’d have to link to a new account.”

    Customer Service #2: “Okay, since you were not notified you would have to make payments to this new account, and it shows here you have never been late with your payment before, I can waive those too.”

    Me: “Oh, my God. Thank you so much.”

    Customer Service #2: *a little surprised* “Uh, no problem, ma’am. I’m here to help.”

    Me: “No, seriously, I know I was very rude and short with you before, and you’ve been nothing but patient with me.”

    Customer Service #2: “Uh, you are very welcome, ma’am. Um, is there anything else I can help you with?”

    Me: “I think that’s everything, but thanks again so much for helping me out.”

    Customer Service #2: “You’re welcome, and have a nice day.”

    (I think she forgot to disconnect the call at the right time, because I hear this right after:)

    Customer Service #2: “Hey! The lady I just got apologized for being rude to me earlier, and thanked me for helping her!”

    Customer Service #2′s Colleague: “Really? That’s never happened to me!”

    Customer Service #2: “I know right?”

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