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    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!

    Upgraded Complaints

    , | MT, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (I used to work at the local big-name ice cream and burger restaurant eight years ago. The night shift lead is the owner’s son that was just a little runt when I worked there. On this trip through the drive thru I order a small ice cream cone for me and a blended drink for my husband. We get the drink, but while the cashier is taking another order he opens the window:)

    Shift Lead: “So, she accidentally made a large cone instead of a small one. Is that still okay?”

    Me: *I raise an eyebrow and scoff dramatically* “No! It. Is. Not. Okay! You are giving me more for my money and it’s just unacceptable!”

    Shift Lead: *grinning and handing me the cone* “Gosh darn us for giving you a free upgrade, right?”

    Me: “Gripe, gripe, gripe. Obligatory threat to complain to your father, young man!”

    Shift Lead: *laughing* “Yeah, you have a good night, too!”

    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.”

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