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    Can’t Em-Bra-ce Her Tomboyishness

    | Salt Lake City, UT, USA | Bigotry, Family & Kids

    (I am working the rentals department of a costume shop when I was forwarded a call.)

    Me: “Hi, what can I help you find today?”

    Customer: “I was wondering if you have any mini skirts, low cut blouses, push up bras, high heels, that sort of thing.”

    Me: “Yes, we might have something like that. What type of event do you need it for?”

    Customer: “It’s not for me; it’s for my daughter. She just got her degree and is interviewing for a job.”

    Me: “…What job is she interviewing for?”

    Customer: “It’s for [Major Video Game Developer]. She’s a video game programmer.”

    Me: “I’m sorry. She’s going in for an interview and she needs what, now?”

    Customer: “Don’t you think she needs to wear something sexy? You know, since there are so many men in that field?”

    Me: “What does your daughter think she should wear?”

    Customer: “Oh, she’s a tomboy. She’d wear a T-shirt if I let her. But don’t you agree with me? Shouldn’t she wear something sexy?”

    Me: *afraid to outright disagree with a customer* “I think you should consult someone in the industry about what’s appropriate.”

    Customer: “She needs to show a little cleavage, you know? With a mini skirt?”

    Me: *completely flabbergasted* “…I’m sorry, I don’t think we have anything to help you.”

    Gives New Meaning To The Pink Dollar

    | ACT, Australia | Bigotry, Family & Kids, Money

    (At the store I work at, we sell gift cards for a certain popular online music store, with pre-set values of $20, $30, and $50. To help tell the difference between the cards, they are colour-coded, with $20 being pink, $30 being blue, and $50 being green. One day, an old lady comes up to my register with a $20 card.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, but do you have these $20 cards in blue?”

    Me: “Sorry, ma’am, the $20 [Music Store] gift cards only come in pink.”

    Customer: “Are you sure? I really would like a blue $20 [Music Store] card.”

    Me: “All the $20 cards are pink, I’m afraid. Why were you after a blue card in particular?”

    Customer: “Well, I want to buy this card for my grandson’s birthday, but I can’t get him a PINK card. That’s a girl’s colour! He’s a boy; he needs a BLUE card!”

    (The customer is a bit grumpy at this point, and I am a bit put off by her gender stereotyping, but I try to remain polite and helpful.)

    Me: “Oh. Well, as I said, we unfortunately do not have blue $20 [Music Store] cards.”

    Customer: *disappointed* “I see.” *pause* “Are you sure you don’t have any blue ones out the back?”

    Me: “Positive, ma’am. The $30 [Music Store] cards are blue. You could spend and extra $10 and get one of those.”

    Customer: *outraged* “$30?! I love my grandson, but not that much!”

    Not Kidding About That Discount

    | Vienna, Austria | Family & Kids, Liars & Scammers

    (We have a really convoluted system of discounts based on age and group size. People rarely ask for the right ticket, so we ask follow-up questions.)

    Customer: “Hello, I’d like one family ticket: two adults and two children.”

    Me: “Sure, how old are the children?”

    Customer: “22 and 24.”

    Bad At Protecting Her Child

    | Charleston, SC, USA | Family & Kids

    (A customer walks with a toy that usually prompts me to sell a buyer protection plan, or toy insurance as I like to call it.)

    Me: “All right, ma’am, would you like to add a protection plan to this?”

    Customer: “No, my child will break it within a week.”

    Me: “Well, that’s a perfect reason for the buyer protection plan! It covers all damages.”

    Customer: “No, no. She’ll break it, so it won’t matter!”

    Pray For This Child

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Family & Kids

    (A newborn baby is getting its first check up and gets the all clear.)

    Nurse: “Any questions?”

    Father: “Is it normal for the baby to pass wind?”

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