Category: Bizarre

For whatever reason, some Customers are just plain odd. And the service industry unleashes them on to unsuspecting clerks with often hilarious results. If you like your customers just plain bizarre, then read on!

Putting Up A Language Barrier

| Houston, TX, USA | Bizarre, Language & Words, Tourists/Travel

(I’m working at an information booth at an international airport. I notice a woman in line scolding her children in Spanish. I myself am Latina. When she comes up to the counter:)

Me: “¿En qué puedo servirle?” *How can I help you?*

Customer: “This is America. Speak English.”

Putting The Poop Into Party Pooper

| Fresno, CA, USA | Bizarre, Family & Kids

(I work in a kind of crazy knick-knack store. We have some odd things and our pen holder is a piece of fake poop. I’m finishing up a lady with her purchase. She’s paid with a card so I ask her to sign.)

Customer: “GIVE ME ANOTHER PEN! That is disgusting and I’m not using it!”

(I hand her a different pen she signs.)

Customer: “Tell the supervisor that I’m not amused and that is completely inappropriate and disgusting!”

Me: “I will pass along the message. Have a nice day.”

(Her grandson turns to me:)

Grandson: “Don’t worry. She’s a party pooper! Party pooper!”

Ignoring The Elephant In The Room

| Corning, NY, USA | Bizarre, Family & Kids, Pets & Animals

(I’m a cashier at a local store. A man and a boy about seven walk in.)

Me: “Did you know you have a sticker of an elephant on your back?”

Customer #1: “Yeah, my son here put something on my back a moment ago before walking in. I thought it was one of those ‘kick me’ signs.”

Me: *laughing* “Nope, just an elephant.”

(Overhearing, another customer walks over:)

Customer #2: “Maybe it’s opening its mouth.”

(Customer #1 gets a very confused look on his face and very slowly turns around, obviously trying to understand what Customer #2 meant, as was I.)

Customer #2: “What?”

(Pauses.)

Customer #2: “You know, to say ‘kick me?'”

Losing The Niceties Of Self-Importance

| USA | Bizarre

(My job is to sit at the front desk, a kind of helpful concierge, transferring calls, accepting packages. I am there to let people know that the company cares about their problems, and that there’s a human manning the lobby for security.)

Me: “Hello, welcome back.”

Young Man: *flings up his arm* “Don’t talk to me! I’m important!”

Me: “Not a problem, sir. I won’t do that again.”

Rated ‘T’ For Tobacco

| Long Island, NY, USA | Bizarre

(I work in a video game store, the entirety of which is, as expected, covered in video games. We’re relatively empty one night, and a gentleman comes in and gives the whole store a visual once-over. After seemingly not finding what he’s looking for, he comes to the counter.)

Me: “Hi, there. Is there anything I can help you find?”

Customer: “Yeah, hi. Do you sell cigarettes here?”

Me: *slightly taken aback* “Uh, no, sir. I’m sorry. We’re a video game store.”

Customer: “Oh, d***. Thanks.”

(My manager and I have a small chuckle to ourselves, and nearly forget the man, until he pokes his head back in through our front door roughly ten minutes later.)

Customer: *barely taking a step in the store* “You don’t sell cigarettes here, do you?”

Manager: “Uh, no, sir. Haven’t gotten any cigarettes in. Sorry.”

Customer: “Oh, okay. Thanks.”

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