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    Abusing Democracy

    | FL, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Geography, Politics

    (It is the evening of July 3rd.)

    Customer: “Can you show me where you keep your American flags?”

    Me: “Down the holiday aisle, at the back.”

    (A few moments later, we hear her screaming. My manager runs back to find out what is happening. She is screaming so loud that we can hear every word.)

    Manager: “What’s wrong, ma’am?”

    Customer: “What’s wrong with you people!?”

    (She holds up the American flag box, and points at the ‘Made in China’ stamp on the bottom.)

    Manager: “I don’t see the problem, ma’am.”

    Customer: “How dare you people try to sell an American flag that was made in China!”

    Manager: “Ma’am, only the box was made in China.”

    Customer: “Don’t you try to pull that on me! I can clearly see the stamp that says this flag was made in China!”

    Manager: “It says the flag was made in the USA right here on the front of the box, ma’am.”

    Customer: “You’re lying to me again! I can’t believe how stupid you people are!”

    (She storms off. My manager and I have a little laugh, and then we get back to work. About half an hour later, two policemen come in and ask for my manager.)

    Manager: “How can I help you, officers?”

    Cop #1: “We got a call about an attempted homicide in this store.”

    Manager: “Really? This is the first I’ve heard of it. What happened?”

    Cop #2: “The lady that called 911 said that the people at this store, and were trying to kill her with their dropping prices.”

    (It’s clear by this point the cops are stifling a laugh, and are making light of the customer’s ridiculous call.)

    Cop #1: “Would you know anything about that?”

    Manager: “No, sir, as far as I know, we don’t drop our prices unless we’re sure they won’t land on anyone!”

    Themed Giveaway Final Roundup: Crimes & Punishments!

    | Not Always Right | Criminal/Illegal, Roundups, Theme Of The Month

    Themed Giveaway Roundup: Crimes & Punishments! Here’s a final roundup of stories from last month’s themed giveaway!

    1. Making A Spectacle Of Herself (2,059 thumbs up)
    2. The Need To Be Shirty (904 thumbs up)
    3. Building A Case Against Her (1,396 thumbs up)
    4. Not Quite Top Of Her Game (1,014 thumbs up)
    5. Not Sue-ted To Shoplifting (1,466 thumbs up)

    PS #1: check out our new Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news galore!

    PS #2: Read more roundups here!

    How To PIN Them To The Crime

    | VA, USA | At The Checkout, Criminal/Illegal

    (I’m a customer at a supermarket, in line behind a 30-40 year old woman, along with two other girls who appear late teens or early twenties. One of their items is a wine cooler. The woman points to the alcohol and starts chatting.)

    Customer: “I’m getting this for my dog; he loves [wine]!”

    Cashier: “Alright, I’ll need to see your companions’ IDs before I can sell this to you.”

    Customer: “She hasn’t got anything to do with me; this is mine!”

    Cashier: “I’m sorry; I can’t legally sell it to you until I’m sure they aren’t minors.”

    Customer: “Well I don’t know who she is. Just let me buy it!”

    Cashier: “I can’t; I could lose my job.”

    Customer: “Just get your d*** manager!”

    (The cashier calls the manager to the register.)

    Manager: “What seems to be the problem?”

    Cashier: “This woman came in with these two, wanting to buy alcohol, and went off when I said I needed their ID.”

    Customer: “D*** right I went off! This b**** better give me my [wine]. I don’t even know those two!”

    Manager: “Well, I’m sorry, but it’s law. I can’t sell it to you.”

    Customer: “Whatever.”

    (She swipes the card, then turns to the younger woman she supposedly doesn’t know.)

    Customer: “Put your PIN in!”

    Younger Woman: “You don’t need it.”

    Customer: “Yes I do; I don’t know it!”

    (The very embarrassed younger woman types in the PIN, and the three leave together.)

    Me: *to the cashier* “I’m sorry you had to deal with that.”

    Cashier: “All day long.”

    The Need To Be Shirty

    | GA, USA | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal, Theme Of The Month

    (Our manager is just about to clock out, when he notices a young man in his late teens looking around nervously and acting jittery. The young man goes into the fitting room carrying a $5 t-shirt, and then comes out with an obvious bulge in his pocket.)

    Manager: “Excuse me, young man. What do you have in your pocket?”

    Young Man: “I ain’t got nothin’ man. I don’t know what you talkin’ bout.”

    Manager: “Okay, sir. How about you walk back with me to the fitting room, and we see about that t-shirt you just took in there.”

    Young Man: “I ain’t done nothin’ man.”

    (The young man takes off, practically racing our manager to the fitting room in an attempt to remove the shirt from his pocket. He has misjudged our manager and is caught.)

    Manager: “Alright, we are going to take you back to my office and call the police.”

    Young Man: “No man, I’ll pay for it! Just let me pay for it!”

    Manager: “No, sir! I asked you what you had. I gave you a chance to come clean. You lied to me. We are calling the police!”

    Young Man: “Man, just let me pay for it?!”

    (Our manager is infuriated by having the kid lie to him, then having to chase him to the fitting room, and at having to stay an extra hour after his scheduled time to take care of this kid; so he cuffs him. One of my co-workers has a front row seat for the entire exchange. All she can do is laugh, because this stupid boy just got himself into a whole world of trouble over a $5 t-shirt.)

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    Building A Case Against Her

    | BC, Canada | Books & Reading, Criminal/Illegal, Theme Of The Month

    (I work in the toy department of a fairly large bookstore. For the past few weeks, we’ve been finding empty boxes of large Lego kits tucked away in the shelves. I notice a woman crouched down behind a display in the back corner, a large backpack at her feet, and a Lego box in her hands that she’s trying to open.)

    Me: “Hi there! Are you finding everything all right today?”

    Woman: “Oh, uh, yeah.”

    (The woman shuffles to her feet, and I start ‘tidying up’ a nearby display. She puts the box of Lego down and grabs her backpack. She wanders off to the teen section, and I keep a discreet eye on her as she grabs a book and sits down to read. I find my manager and tell him what happened. He approaches the customer, who is still reading.)

    Manager: “Hey there, I hear you like Lego.”

    Woman: “Uh…?”

    Manager: “My kid really likes Lego too. But he’s really disappointed when he opens the box and the pieces are all missing.”

    Woman: “Um…”

    Manager: “So, here’s what we’re going to do. You’re going to leave my store and not come back. If you do, I’ll have to call the police.”

    (The woman leaves the store, still flustered. We never saw her again. Mysteriously, the Lego stopped disappearing, too.)

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