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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!

    Lack Of Appliance Compliance

    | Round Rock, TX, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Home Improvement, Money

    (I work in the appliances department of a popular home improvement store. Occasionally, I go to the customer service desk to help out. On this particular evening, a customer is arguing with my older, Irish coworker. I walk over to help out.)

    Me: “What’s the problem?”

    Coworker: “Oh, she refused her appliances and wants a refund.”

    Me: *to customer* “When were your appliances delivered?”

    Customer: “At five-thirty.”

    Me: “Today?”

    Customer: “Yes.”

    (I check the time and see it’s only six-forty pm. The delivery company office closes at five pm and so do our venders.)

    Me: “Okay, ma’am. The delivery office is closed, and the notes indicating that you refused your appliances aren’t in the system yet. It won’t be until eight o’clock in the morning.”

    Coworker: “Yeah, once the notes are in, there’s a 72-hour wait until we get the identification numbers for the appliances. Then, we can process your refund.”

    Me: “We get the identification number from [appliance brand the customer bought from].”

    Customer: “No, no, no. I buy from [Store], not [Appliance Brand].”

    Coworker: “Yes, but we need those numbers in order to process the refund. The identification numbers let us know that the refused washer and dryer are back with [Appliance Brand]. Once the notes come in tomorrow morning, we’ll get the identification numbers and give you a call.”

    Customer: “No. I buy from [Store]. I want my money now!”

    Me: “Ma’am, this is our policy with [Appliance Brand]. There is nothing we can do until the notes show up in the system tomorrow morning and—“

    (The customer grabs her paperwork and abruptly walks off to the appliance department. A short time later, another coworker calls me back to appliances because a customer wishes to return her appliances and get a refund. Low and behold, it’s the same customer.)

    Customer: *freezes upon seeing me* “He call you?”

    Me: “Yes, I’m the appliance specialist. What did you need?”

    Customer: *points to a stacked washer and dryer* “I want those.”

    Me: “Sure! I can set up an order for you.”

    Customer: “But I want credit from this to use to that.” *waves her paperwork in front of me*

    Me: “Ma’am, like I told you earlier, after the notes show up, it can take up to 72 hours for the identification numbers then—“

    Customer: “I don’t understand why you can’t refund me. I want to buy these.”

    Me: “And you can.”

    Customer: “Then give me my money.”

    Me: “Ma’am, I can’t. Not until we get the identification numbers from [Appliance Brand].”

    Customer: “No, I didn’t buy from [Appliance Brand]. I bought from [Store]. You need to give me my money.”

    Me: “Ma’am, the store cannot process any refund until we get the identification numbers from [Appliance Brand]. Once we have those, you’ll get your money back. Without it, we cannot do anything, especially since there aren’t any notes in the system yet.”

    Customer: “And what if [Appliance Brand] goes bankrupt?”

    Me: “I…I’m sorry?”

    Customer: “What if [Appliance Brand] goes bankrupt? What happens to my money then?”

    Me: “Believe me, ma’am. [Appliance Brand] will not go bankrupt.”

    (Note: this particular appliance brand also makes TVs, laptops, and cellphones. It is practically impossible for them to go bankrupt. Especially in three days.)

    Customer: “I said ‘if’. If they go bankrupt. [Another unrelated company] went bankrupt and I lost my money. What do I do if [Appliance Brand] goes bankrupt?”

    Me: “Ma’am, that’s not really an issue nor a concern. You’re more than welcome to buy a new washer and dryer set, but you’ll have to wait 72 hours for your refund. I can show you some features this washer has—“

    Customer: “But I want my money. If you don’t give me my money, I’ll go broke. I spent $3,000! I’m broke because of you. I’ll complain to your boss!”

    Me: “I’m sorry. There’s nothing I can do until tomorrow morning.”

    (The customer throws her hands up and promptly leaves the store. I relayed the story to my manager and Irish coworker. My manager laughed.)

    Coworker: “Serves her right! Coming in here like the f****** Queen of England. Bleh!”

    Ballooning Out Of Control

    | Greenwich, CT, USA | Crazy Requests, Family & Kids

    (I am doing some community service the other day, handing out balloons at an adopt-a-dog fair. I have been working for a few hours when a family of three approaches.)

    Me: “Hello, would you like a balloon?”

    Woman: *snatches her baby away* “How dare you offer a balloon to a child? Do you realize how dangerous those are? Are you trying to kill my baby? Call your manager right this instant!”

    Me: *taken aback* “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I don’t actually work here. I’m doing community service.”

    Woman: *huffs* “Don’t lie to me, missy! Do you think I’m stupid? You’re just lying to get out of trouble! Now, call your manager. Now!”

    Me: *starting to get really fed up* “I don’t work here! I’m just here to I hand out balloons, and clearly you don’t want one, so I would suggest moving on to some of our other attractions.”

    Woman: “Why, of all the disrespectful—”

    (She has started to get pretty loud, so one of the managers running the fair wanders over to see what’s going on.)

    Manager: “Is there a problem?”

    Woman: “Finally! This young lady tried to give my child a balloon! Those can strangle kids! I demand to have her fired immediately!”

    Manager: *bewildered* “Sorry, what?”

    Woman: “She tried to murder my child! I can press charges!”

    Manager: “Right… Well, why don’t you go off and do that now…”

    (The woman’s storms off, taking her child with her. Her husband, who has been silent throughout the entire conversation, stays behind.)

    Husband: “Well, I don’t know about her, but I’d like a balloon…”

    Plenty Of (Full) Room To Hone Your Skills

    | USA | Crazy Requests, Hotels & Lodging, Politics

    (I enter the lobby of a hotel I’m staying at to find the receptionist face to face with a very red-faced woman.)

    Woman: “Look, stop with the bull about being full! I KNOW you always have a few rooms that you keep open for emergencies!”

    Receptionist: “Ma’am, while I am sincerely sorry, we are located at the hub of a major metropolitan area that draws over three million tourists per year. Typically we get reservations non-stop from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If we were to examine this from a logical and an economic perspective, wouldn’t it make more sense to give every room we have to those who wish to reserve them, rather than keep one or two open and thus deny ourselves the profit from them?”

    (The lady gawks and sputters, turning redder by the second.)

    Woman: “Well… what if President Obama came in and asked for a room, huh? What if one of his family came in? Would you turn them away?”

    Receptionist: “Yes, we would.”

    Woman: “Exactly! So why can’t you… wait… what?”

    Receptionist: “With all due respect, Ma’am, the President would have the sense to plan ahead so neither he nor his family would need to ask for a room. What’s more he doesn’t stay at this hotel when he comes to the area; he stays at [other hotel].”

    Woman: “But…”

    Receptionist: “FURTHERMORE, I don’t think the President would want the bad publicity from asking us to throw someone out of their room so he could take it. Therefore, why should we do that for you?”

    (The woman sputters some more, then finally just screams, loud enough that I have to cover my ears, and runs out the door to her car.)

    Receptionist: “I apologize that you had to be witness to that, sir.”

    Me: “I… uh… no, I think the apologies should go to you, as well as the congratulations for the way you handled that. Never seen someone get driven away by the force of logic.”

    Receptionist: “Yeah, well, don’t be too impressed. I’m only able to do that because I’ve had plenty of customers just like her to hone my skills on.”

    Not Very Closed Minded, Part 5

    | England, UK | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid

    (I work on Sundays; in the UK, the law states our shop can only be open for six hours. We close at half past four, but the staff stay until 5 pm. It’s quarter to 5, and I notice a woman in our car park, looking at the items we have outside. She looks at the door, and I think she’s seen the sign that says our opening times, so don’t shoo her away until I notice her picking some items up, and moves towards the door, only to find it locked. She rattles the door.)

    Me: “We’re closed, sorry!”

    Customer: “What?”

    Me: “We close at half past four!”

    Customer: “What?”

    Me & Manager: “We’re closed!”

    Customer: *shouting to her little boy* “[Name]! Get here. They’re closed!”

    (Thinking that’s the end of it, we go back to what we were doing. Suddenly she bangs on the door.)

    Customer: “…does this mean I can’t buy anything?”

    Not Very Closed Minded, Part 4
    Not Very Closed Minded, Part 3

    Going Too H2-Slow

    | MD, USA | Crazy Requests, Health & Body

    (I work at a gym that’s rather expensive, so all of the clients are rather well off. I’m a lifeguard year round, since they have both an indoor and an outdoor pool.)

    Woman: “Hi. The indoor pool is too cold. My child is absolutely freezing.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. We can provide your child with warm towels directly from the dryer if he needs to be warmed up quickly.”

    Woman: “No, I just need you to heat up the pool. ”

    Me: “The pool is heated, ma’am, but unfortunately, we can’t directly control the temperature of the pool.”

    Woman: *getting angry* “What do you mean you can’t control it?! Just pour a bunch of hot water in it!”

    Me: “Ma’am, there are almost half a million gallons of water in this pool. We couldn’t possibly get enough water to meet your demands.”

    Woman: “Well, you’re not doing your job, then. I’ll be speaking to your manager!” *storms off in a fit of pretentious rage*

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