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    Should Have Maintained Radio Silence

    | USA | Awesome Workers, Criminal/Illegal, Technology

    (I work in a stereo shop in a not-so-savory neighborhood. We see stolen radios A LOT. It’s really obvious when one is stolen. We also log EVERY serial number sold, just in case.)

    Customer: “I just bought this from my friend. I need it installed.”

    Me: “Okay, what kind of car is it going into?”

    Client: *gives car info: an older Nissan pickup*

    Me: “Well, this is from a Toyota, so we can’t reuse the parts still on it. We’re going to need new install parts. It also looks like the main radio harness is missing, as is the faceplate.”

    (Faceplates are removable as a security feature. They basically cost as much as the radio does, just to prevent theft. Harnesses are almost always left behind when stolen because they unclip and thieves think ‘how much could it be?’)

    Me: “Check with your ‘friend’ if he has them. Otherwise it’s $150, plus $65 for the install and install parts.”

    Customer: “$150!? Are you f***** kidding me!?”

    Me: “No, sir. $40 for the harness, $110 for the faceplate. I can have them here in three-to-five days; it’s a special order.”

    Customer: “Well, how much is this radio?”

    Me: “They’re on sale right now for $129.99. Install is the same price; I still need the same parts.”

    Customer: “That’s f****** crazy! I just paid $50 for this. You’re telling me the parts cost more than a new one!?”

    Me: “Well, that would be a great deal if you bought a radio with all the parts. For half a radio, it sounds like you got scammed by your friend. The parts cost so much as a deterrence to theft.”

    Customer: *just stares; I struck a chord with those words*

    Me: “So would you like me to order the parts? Or would you like to just get the same one installed, brand new, with a warranty, for less?”

    Customer: “I’ll take the new one.”

    (The customer hands me his keys and gives all his info: name/address/phone number.)

    Me: “Great, I’ll give you a call as soon as it’s done.”

    (He left. I ran the serial; it was sold by us. I called the client. He confirmed his car was robbed, even faxed a police report. We called the police and informed them we recovered stolen property. Moral of the story is, we called him down, he paid for the work, walked out, sat in his car (with the stolen radio still in it) and was arrested in our parking lot. Caught a thief, and sold him a radio at full price, with install. Customer who got robbed gave me a $100 tip. Not a bad day.)

    Speaking The Same Amount Of The Same Language

    | ON, Canada | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Language & Words

    Customer: “Bonjour! Comment ca va?”

    Me: “Ca va bien, et toi?”

    Customer: “Ca va bien!”

    Me: “That’s it. That’s all I got. That’s all I know how to say.”

    Customer: “Me, too!”

    Me: “Well, we really sounded like we knew what we were talking about, didn’t we?!”

    Customer: “We sure did!”

    Open Is Open To Interpretation

    | Pasadena, MD, USA | Awesome Workers, Bizarre

    (It’s Easter Sunday, and we are open until six pm. All morning we have had people calling to make sure we are open. It’s mildly annoying, but I understand why they are calling, so I decide to have a bit of fun with it.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling [Company]. How may I help you?”

    Customer: “Just calling to see if you’re open.”

    Me: “No, sir, I am a pre-recorded message.”

    (I hear the guy laughing until he hangs up. I get another phone call.)

    Me: “No ma’am, but you can leave a message after the beep. Beep.” *customer starts laughing*

    Coworker: “Did you really just answer the phone like that?”

    Me: “Yes, and will continue to do so.”

    Streets Ahead Of The Customer

    | LA, USA | Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

    (I am delivery driving pizza. My store has a 30-minute-or-less guarantee. I get a delivery order for E. 72nd St and head right over there with their order of a drink and a pizza. When I get to the address, I can’t find their house number. I call back to the store and verify the address. It comes back the same. I look some more… no luck. I call back again and they call back the person who placed the order who also verifies the same address. Still can’t find it! On a hunch I drive over to E. 72nd Road and find the guy. Note: this is NOT a nice neighborhood.)

    Customer: “You’re late! I want my order for free!”

    Me: “I can’t because you gave us the wrong address.”

    Customer: “Nope. I get it for free!”

    (He tries and tries to get me to give him the order for free, wasting my time.)

    Me: “Are you going to pay for this or not?”

    (He still insists on trying to talk me into giving it to him, so I flip open the pizza box, grab a slice, and start eating it right in front of him! I turn, get in my car, and head to the store. When I get there I tell my manager what I did, expecting to get chewed out.)

    Manager: *with a wink* “You’re going to have to pay for that order… Give me a dollar and don’t do that again.”

    (I thoroughly enjoyed that pizza and drink!)

    Today You Were Helped By Me, Myself, And I

    | Milwaukee, WI, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior

    (I am covering a break in the music department and help a middle-age woman find a CD. Immediately after that I head to the cafe to cover a break there as well, and the same customer comes through to get a drink.)

    Customer: “Didn’t I just see you?”

    Me: “Nah, that was my twin. We wear the same clothes.”

    Customer: “Well, you tell her she was very nice. She helped me find what I wanted.”

    Me: *to coworker, after customer leaves* “I’m gonna go to the registers now and see if I can convince her I’m triplets…”

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