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    Actors Of The Corn

    | New Zealand | Awesome Workers, Top, Wild & Unruly

    (Twenty other actors and I lurk in the corn maze at night. Our job is to scare the customers as they come through. People are usually into the whole thing, but sometimes we have groups through that deliberately take the whole thing as a joke and belittle the actors. I hide just off the side of the path in the ‘hospital ward’, which is lined with beds and straw dummies. The customers don’t usually see me until I rush out at them. This means I hear them coming, and also hear what they say.)

    Male Customer #1: “Dude this is f****** dumb; it’s not even scary!”

    Male Customer #2: “I know! The North Island’s maze is so much better! This is f****** tame!”

    (The rest of group grunts in agreement. This group is comprised of really big, tough looking Samoan guys. I am a relatively tall woman dressed as an axe murdering man, complete with a wooden axe. I am minuscule compared to them. They enter my area through the net archway.)

    Male Customer #2: “What the f*** is this s*** supposed to be?”

    Male Customer #1: “Hey! We can have a nap!”

    (Male Customer #3 moves towards the bed closest to my hiding spot.)

    Male Customer #3: “We should just stay here until another group comes through; there’s no one in here!”

    (I lunge out and scream a gravelly voice.)

    Me: “That’s how the last group ended up as FERTILIZER, sonny boy!”

    (They take one look at me and my axe, and run out of there shrieking like schoolgirls. They then encounter the twins on the other side of the second archway. This results in them screaming even louder, falling off the path into the corn, and scrambling madly to get away.)

    Radiating A Feeling Of Thanksgiving

    | Kansas City, MO, USA | Awesome Workers, Family & Kids, Top, Transportation

    (I am a married father of three and money is tight. A few days before Thanksgiving, my truck develops a radiator leak. I really need my truck fixed on this particular Saturday. I find a local shop that is willing to take a look even though they are usually closed Saturdays.)

    Mechanic: “Okay, I found a pinhole leak in one of the side tanks on the radiator and should be able to fix it no problem. It will be about $45.”

    (I grimace at the cost, but have no choice.)

    Me: “Okay, do what you need to. I just need it fixed.”

    (After another 20 minutes…)

    Mechanic: “Well, I have good news and bad news. The hole is fixed but it turns out that the seal on the other side is leaking badly as well.”

    Me: “How much more will that cost to fix?”

    (He leans into the manager’s office and asks how much.)

    Manager: “That would bring it up to $65.00… maybe more, depending on how we have to repair it.”

    Me: “Well, go ahead and fix it. I really need the truck running today.”

    (The mechanic goes back to fix it. My phone rings and it’s a friend. )

    Friend: *on the phone* “How bad is the truck? How much will it cost?”

    (I proceed to tell him the truck’s condition and cost, and add…)

    Me: “…this really hurts because it’s coming out of our grocery money for the week.”

    (After my truck is fixed, the mechanic comes in to speak with the boss.)

    Mechanic: “Alright, it’s all fixed and ready to go. Boss? How much do I charge him?”

    Manager: *to me* “Where is your car parked? Front or back?”

    Me: “Out front.”

    Manager: *to the mechanic* “Take it out front and put it in his trunk for him. No charge.”

    Me: “What? Are you serious?”

    Manager: “As a heart attack. You go enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family, and Happy Holidays!”

    (In shock and disbelief, I leave the shop with the mechanic, load up with my son, and leave. It dawns on me five minutes into the drive I forgot to even say thank you! I went back the following Monday and thanked him profusely and took a stack of business cards with me. I now recommend them to anyone who has car troubles. And they say kindness is dead in our modern age.)

    Gift (Of Life) Box

    | Canada | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Family & Kids

    Customer: “Do you guys sell watch gift boxes?”

    Co-worker: “Yes we do!” *she pulls one out* “Will this do?”

    Customer: “Hmm, no. I need something a bit bigger. I need one large enough to fit a pregnancy test!”

    (My co-worker and I are leaning down, looking for a larger gift box. It takes a minute for us to process what she says.)

    Co-worker: “Oh! Congratulations!”

    Customer: *looking teary-eyed and grinning widely* “Thanks so much! I am so excited!”

    (My co-worker found her a box, and gave it to her on the house!)

    Bigotry Unleashed

    | Yonkers, NY, USA | Awesome Workers, Bigotry, Top

    (A gay couple has just met up in the restaurant and kissed each other upon arrival. Another customer has seen this and is obviously angry.)

    Angry Customer: “Damn f**s.”

    Gay Man: “Excuse me?”

    Angry Customer: “You heard me, you little s***. Let’s not make this into some little pride protest, okay? I have to accept that you’re going to live your lifestyle, and you have to accept that I’ve got freedom of speech.”

    Gay Man: *quietly* “Is it too much to ask for a little human decency?”

    Angry Customer: “Human? Listen up, what you’re doing is not human. I think I have the right to determine what I think is human.”

    (The manager shows up. He’s a quiet Italian man who I assume is conservative due to the Christian imagery and portrait of Reagan he keeps around the restaurant.)

    Angry Customer: *to the owner* “Hey, can you move either them or us to another table?”

    (Instead of responding to the angry customer, the owner instead speaks to his wife.)

    Owner: “I’m sorry ma’am, but we have a strict ‘no pets’ policy in my restaurant.”

    Wife: “Uh, I, uh, what? I don’t have a—”

    Owner: “Well, according to your talking monkey over here, I can determine who’s a human and who’s not. You bring an animal into my restaurant; I gotta assume it’s your pet.”

    (The angry customer storms out. When I left, the owner was giving his description, and copies of security camera footage, to the biggest crowd of police I’ve seen. Apparently it’s a bad idea to not pay your bill at a restaurant that gives free coffee to cops.)

    Offer Of A Lift Is Uplifting

    | The Netherlands | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink

    (It has been a very snowy day, and the pavements are dangerously slippery. I’m rounding up payment for a regular, but rather old and fragile customer, who has trouble walking.)

    Customer: “Well, I hope it’s not too bad outside.”

    Me: “You’re walking?”

    Customer: “Yes, my children are out of town, and I do need my shopping done.”

    Me: “My shift ends in about ten minutes, and I’m by car. If you want to wait for a bit, I can bring you home.”

    (My boss overhears this.)

    Boss: “Round up your shift; it’s quiet enough. You can go and bring her home immediately.”

    (I take the customer home. One week later, the customer comes in with a home-made apple pie.)

    Customer: “You went to the trouble of bringing me home, so I baked you this. Hope you enjoy it!”

    (And we did!)

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