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    Category: Criminal/Illegal

    Shot Down His Chances

    | USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Criminal/Illegal

    (A younger guy picks out a shotgun to buy so we proceed to paperwork.)

    Me: *looking at his ID* “Is this your current address?”

    Customer: “Not anymore! Just moved back from [University] into my old place [Next Town Over].”

    Me: “Okay, do you have anything with your new address? Car registration, hunting/fishing license, etc.?”

    Customer: “Not at the moment. I just moved.”

    Me: “Well, we can’t sell the gun to you unless you have a valid address.”

    Customer: “Oh. Well, that’s my current address, then.”

    Me: “That doesn’t work.”

    (I deny the sale; he gets angry and leaves. Later I see him filling out paperwork.)

    Me: “Did you get a new ID?”

    Customer: *happily* “Nope! Just told [Coworker] it’s my current address!”

    Me: “Okay…” *goes to the gun vault, finds coworker* “Hey, you getting that shotgun for that guy at the counter?”

    Coworker: “Yeah, why?”

    Me: “Can’t do it; he doesn’t have a valid license.”

    (We deny him the sale again.)

    Customer: *yelling* “THIS IS BULL-S***! I’M GONNA GO TO [Sporting Store down the road] AND BUY IT FROM THEM! AND I THOUGHT THIS WAS F****** AMERICA!”

    Me: “Good luck with that.”

    (I call up the place down the road and inform them of the customer. No surprise, he comes back, red in the face.)

    Customer: “WHO RUNS THIS F****** PLACE?!”

    Manager: “What’s the matter, sir?”

    (The customer tells his story, but my manager stops him short.)

    Manager: “You tried to knowingly break the law while also trying to convince my employees to break the law as well? I’m going to have to ask you to leave right now.”

    Customer: “BUT TH—”

    Manager: “And if you don’t leave or you try to pull this s*** again in the near future, I will not hesitate to call the police.”

    (We never saw the customer again.)

    Dealing With Her Was A Walk In The Parking

    | Australia | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal, Transportation

    (I am the boss of a plumbing business and deal with a lot of idiots who try and park in my area and going to different stores. There are signs up everywhere that say that this area is only for customers. A woman parks her car in my area and walks across to another store. It is about an hour away from closing.)

    Me: “Excuse me, miss, but you can not park here. This area is only reserved for the customers of this business.”

    Woman: *angrily* “Well, I was just going to go next door so I don’t see why I have to move. Besides, I don’t see anything that says I can’t!” *walks away*

    Me: *catching up indicating to all the signs* “Miss, look there are signs everywhere that say if you are not a customer, you are not allowed to park here. There are plenty of parking spaces at the shop you are going to. Move your car or I will call the towing company.”

    Woman: *snottily* “You wouldn’t do that; otherwise I will sue you!” *walks away*

    (I decide to just leave it and begin to pack up to leave. I wait for an hour and she still hasn’t come out. Getting impatient, I call the police asking them what to do.)

    Me: “Hello, I am calling because there is this woman who has parked her car in my businesses parking area although there are signs clearly indicating the area is only for customers. We closed an hour ago and she still hasn’t come. What should I do?”

    Officer: “Well, if she hasn’t come and it is after closing, then just leave her car in there and she can wait until tomorrow to pick it up. Also if you give me her registration we can give a fine for breaking the law.”

    Me: “Okay, the registration number is [number]. Okay thanks.”

    (I then proceed to close up the store completely, closing the gate and locking it, and also leaving a message to the lady:)

    My Letter: “Hello, as you have been so rude and have ignored my warnings of not moving your car, I have locked it up and you can wait until tomorrow morning. Also be ready to receive a fine in the mail. Regards: The owner.”

    (The next morning the lady had climbed the fence and was trying to ram down the gate with her car. Not only did her car get damaged, she got arrested and received a fine for breaking property.)

    I Have Twenty-Twenty Vision

    | Colorado Springs, CO, USA | At The Checkout, Criminal/Illegal, Liars & Scammers

    (I ring up a customer for two lemonades that are on sale at 2 for $5.)

    Me: “All right, sir, your total is $5.39.”

    Customer: *hands me a $50 bill*

    Me: *checks its authenticity then puts it through and gets out his change* “All right, sir, your change is 61 cents and here’s twenty, forty, and four ones.”

    (I ALWAYS count customer change back to them, especially when it is a large amount. The cashier behind me needs an override for a void, so I scan my supervisor card and turn back to him.)

    Customer: “Excuse me; you only gave me $25. See, one of the twenties is actually a one.”

    (I look at his hand and see a one where I definitely put a twenty before. I know he is trying to con me, so I put up my closed sign and ask the lady who was next to please go to the next cashier, who has no customers. I then page my coworker over and ask her to bring out the mobile money counter to count my till.)

    Customer: “I’m not magician! Look, it’s not here!” *rolls up his sleeves*

    Me: “Okay, sir, I just need to have my drawer counted first.”

    Customer: “Well, how long is this going to take? Ten minutes?”

    Me: “No, sir, only a minute or two.”

    Customer: “Well, I’m going next door! I’ll be back for my twenty after you count that drawer!”

    (Guess what? He never came back. And my till was spot on.)

    A Man With A Van And A Very Bad Plan

    | Factoria, WA, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (A coworker approaches me.)

    Coworker: “Hey you might want to keep an eye on that guy in the scotch section. He just shoved two bottles of [Very Expensive Brand] into his coat.”

    (I look over just as the aforementioned customer makes for the door. True to fashion the door sensors go off and he begins to walk faster.)

    Me: “Sir… Sir, I need you to come back. Sir!”

    (Suddenly a van tears across the parking lot and the customer breaks into a sprint. Someone in the van throws the passenger door open, he leaps in, and the van peels out of the parking lot before I can exit the store. Fortunately for me the shoplifters have made a grievous error: the van they were in had the name of a local plumbing service written on the side, with the full phone number and contact details underneath it. Shaking my head, I go back in and dial the company number, getting an older-sounding gentleman who’s naturally rather upset to hear two employees of his just took part in a robbery and promises to be on the lookout for when the van gets back to his place of business. Several hours later the company van pulls up outside the store again, and out steps a middle-aged man, dragging by their arms the idiots who stole the booze from us.)

    Man: “Hey, I’m the one you spoke to. I just caught these disgraces laughing and sharing with the other employees the scotch they lifted from you. I thought it only right that they come down here and pay for what was stolen with their final paycheck before I can their a**es!”

    (He shoves the red-faced shoplifters towards my register.)

    Man: “Anything you have to say, boys?”

    Shoplifter: *whispering* “Sorry.”

    (The man places a hand on his shoulder and squeezes threateningly.)

    Man: “What was that? I don’t think he heard you.”

    Shoplifter: *much louder as he hurriedly hands over the money he owes* “I’m sorry I stole from you, okay?”

    Man: “Better.” *to me* “Is there anything you’d like to do in return? Call the police? Press charges?”

    Me: “Actually I just have one question: why on earth did you think it was a good idea to use a company vehicle in a robbery?”

    Shoplifter: “We didn’t think retail employees knew how to read.”

    Turning The Wheels Of Justice

    | Como, Italy | Criminal/Illegal, Transportation

    (I work in a tire center. Two shady figures show up at the door in an old, battered van:)

    Guy #1: “Are you interested in second hand wheels?”

    Me: “In some cases, yes. What do you have to offer?”

    Guy #1: “I have in my van a set of 18-inches alloy wheels for a [luxury German car] with new winter tires.” *he then opens the rear doors and show me the wheels*

    Me: “Oh, they’re quite nice! In fact, I have a customer who’s looking for this kind of wheels for his car. Let me call him. I guess he’ll be more than happy to make a deal with you!”

    Guy #2: “Good. Can we wait inside?”

    Me: “Of course, and please help yourself with some complimentary coffee while I make a couple of calls.”

    (15 minutes later, the customer showed up… together with two cops who handcuffed the guys and put them in the back of their cruiser. Apparently, it is not only a bad idea try to sell stolen wheels, but even a worse one try to sell me the very same wheels and tires I installed the day before on the [luxury German car] of a loyal customer!)

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