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    Category: Crazy Requests

    Some customers can be demanding, but within reason. These customers however make some requests that go beyond demanding, beyond reasonable, beyond possible! These requests, like the customers, are crazy!

    Guessing Abhors A Vacuum

    | Aarhus, Denmark | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Math & Science

    (I’m working the register and we just got some new fruit that isn’t written on the paper so I call my coworker over to help find the number.)

    Me: “Sorry, sir, it’s just going to be a minute. I need my coworker to find the number for these fruits as I don’t have it yet.”

    Customer: “Can’t you just guess?”

    Me: “I really don’t think that will work”

    Customer: “Come on, just try.”

    Me: “Oh, hey, it did work!”

    (Customer looks pleased and gets ready to pay.)

    Me: “Guess you just bought a vacuum cleaner for 249.99.”

    Customer: Oh…”

    Trying To Explain In Black And White

    | Fairfax, VA, USA | Bigotry, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

    (I’m the hostess at an upscale restaurant where all the tables are pre-set with silverware rolled up in black linen napkins. If a customer with white pants come in, we trade out their silverware with one rolled in white linen. This prevents any black lint or string that might’ve been on the napkin from being highly visible. I’m currently working a busy Saturday and the restaurant is about 3/4 full. I’ve just sat a group of four ladies at a booth. Three of them are black and are wearing black pants or jeans. The fourth lady is white and wearing white pants. I switch out her silverware.)


    Me: “Pardon?”


    Me: “Oh, no, ma’am. We do this for everyone who—”


    (I was too shocked about being yelled at in front of the full restaurant that I just sulked away quickly and got my manager. I could feel everyone staring. After spending 10 minutes at the table explaining to them the real reason I exchanged the silverware and also pointing out that practically every other white person in the restaurant had black linen silverware, the manager agreed to run out a couple free appetizers on the house. We stopped giving out the white linen after that night.)

    Sour About The Sign

    , | Australia | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

    (I work at a kebab store at a football stadium and have just put a sign up to let customers know we have no sour cream sauce left.)

    Customer: “I will have sour cream for the sauce.”

    Me: “Sorry, sir, we have no sour cream.” *points to the sign*

    Customer: *picks up the sign and throws it behind him and jumps on it* “Now I’ll have extra sour cream.”


    , | Calhoun, GA, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

    (We have a guideline on how much to put in one of our ice cream items for each size. I work as a server and I make drinks and ice cream throughout the day. I particularly remember putting more in this item then what is accustomed to.)

    Customer: “Ma’am, what is this?!”

    Me: “It is the [item] you ordered, ma’am.”

    Customer: “Well there are absolutely no Oreos in this thing! It’s all vanilla ice cream!”

    Me: “I’ll have someone out shortly, ma’am.”

    (I fetch her treat myself and to my amazement see that she has ate half of it, and there are several chunks of Oreo inside of it. So instead of remaking it, I throw away the lid and spoon, and just remix the item.)

    Me: “Here you go, ma’am. This should be more than enough Oreo.”

    Customer: “There! Now why can’t you put this much in here all the time?!”

    A Sudden Flood Of Laundry

    | NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests

    (I work as an attendant at a coin-op laundromat. It’s open 24 hours, but we only have staff inside from about 9 am – 4 pm most days. One of the services we offer is a drop-off laundry service where customers who do not want to wait around can drop off their laundry, and we will wash, dry and fold it for them for an extra charge. However, because staff is only on-hand until 4 pm, our policy is that any laundry that is dropped off after 2 pm will be done the next morning and be ready by noon. One day, it’s 4 pm and I’ve just locked up the office for the day, when suddenly a car screams into the lot and a young woman rushes out, carrying several huge canvas bags full of laundry.)

    Customer: *exasperated and out of breath* “Wait! Don’t close! I need you to do this laundry!”

    Me: “Okay.”

    (I re-open the office and begin to prepare a drop-off slip, assuming she wants me to do it the next day.)

    Customer: *dropping laundry in front of me* “I need this done within an hour.”

    Me: “Oh, I’m sorry. That’s going to be impossible today.”

    Customer: *shocked* “What? But I need this done in an hour!”

    Me: “I’m really sorry, but our office closed at 4. Any laundry dropped off after 2 has to be done the next day, because it can take a long time to get certain orders done. And your order looks quite large, so there’s no way I could get it done within an hour, anyways.”

    Customer: “Bull-s***! My washer and dryer at home could do all of this in a half hour!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I’ll have to disagree. You have a huge load of laundry.  It’d probably take me two hours or so to wash, dry and fold everything there. If I may ask, why not just do the laundry in your machines if they’d supposedly get it done so much quicker?”

    Customer: “You’re just lazy! You’re lazy! I don’t want to do my laundry. I want you to do it!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I already clocked out and the office closes at 4 pm. The policy is no orders after 2 pm can be done the same day. And I’m hardly lazy. I did a shift that was nearly 20 hours straight last week in order to work on a huge order from a local flood-zone. Then I came in for another 10 hours the next day to finish it.”

    Customer: “So you’re lazy AND a liar!”

    (The customer turns and storms off, inadvertently slipping on the floor and falling to her knees because she is stomping around haphazardly. She stands up, turns, and screams at me.)

    Customer: “Your lazy a** isn’t leaving until you scrub this flood! I just slipped on it because your lazy a** won’t clean it! I’ll have you fired if you don’t fix this!”

    (I had literally just mopped up about a half-hour earlier and gotten it very clean.)

    Me: “Okay.”

    (I mopped the floor a second time and put down a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign while she glared at me. She finally stormed out after unsuccessfully trying to get me to do her order again afterwards. I was finally able to leave an hour after closing. In that hour, she made no effort to do her own laundry, even though she needed it done ‘in an hour.’)

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