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Category: Family & Kids

Children Take Note Of When You Take Notes

| Philippines | Criminal/Illegal, Family & Kids, Money, Top

(I am at small cupcake store. I have Php100 (around $2.50), which is the exact amount for the two cupcakes I purchase. Next to me is a shifty woman with two rowdy kids. I order and leave my money on the counter. When I get my cupcakes, the money is gone, so I assume my cupcakes are paid. I’m about to leave, when the store owner says she hasn’t received payment.)

Me: “I already paid, miss. I left the money on the counter.”

(She looks down on the counter, and on the floor, but it isn’t there. I am about to take out another 100, doubting if my memory was fine or if the money flew away, when the owner makes a small gaze at the other woman, who quickly notices it.)

Lady: “So, what? You’re blaming me? Why am I to be responsible for some girl who’s whiter? Does that mean she’s not going to cheat you? She didn’t leave any money on the counter!”

(In the Philippines, like America, there’s some racism on the skin color as well. I’m unnaturally white for a Filipino, which hints to everyone about my Spanish ancestry. I’m part Spanish, but dominantly Filipino. Anyone with light skin are automatically assumed to be of Spanish heritage while tan and darker are pure Filipino ancestry. Because of the Spanish colonization back in the early day, some still believe that Spanish-lineage people look down on Filipinos. The lady goes on a rant about how hard her life is as a mother of two, and refuses to be a victim of a, as she puts it, a Spaniard. I keep a cool and unemotional face, but the owner, who triggered the woman’s anger, begins cowering. Finally, her little boy, who looks like he would want nothing more than to leave the kiosk and find a bathroom, butts in.)

Boy: “Mom, I really have to pee. Can’t you just give them back the money you got on the counter a while ago and we can go?”

(The mom’s face turns red, grabs her bag, dumps a crumpled 100 on the counter, turns on her heel, and leaves with her nose in the air.)

Me: “Merry Christmas!”

Sweet Justice

| Sydney, NSW, Australia | Family & Kids, Liars & Scammers, Top

(I am a cashier ringing up a woman, her husband and their young son who is about seven. The woman is having trouble with her credit card, which is an obscure foreign card.)

Woman: “Ugh! I hate this store! I knew I shouldn’t have come here! Everyone here is just stupid! Their machines never let me use credit on my card! It’s just stupid.” *to her husband* “Why did you suggest we come here instead of [competitor]?! Everyone here is just useless!”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. I will certainly pass the message along to my superior. In the mean time, because it’s only $10.45, would you like to pay via cash?”

Woman: “No [son], you can’t have the stupid chocolate bar! I don’t know if I have enough bloody coins because of this stupid store!”

Boy: “But mummy, if you knew the card doesn’t work, why did we go here?”

Woman: *shuts up*

Sweet Injustice

Why Working Retail Isn’t A-pee-ling

| California, USA | Family & Kids, Health & Body

(It’s the holiday time and our store is very busy. There must be 40 people in the store, plus their children. One of the seasonal help comes up to me looking afraid.)

Coworker: “So, um… there was this women, and she um, she took her son over to a corner and well… she um had him pee in a bottle.”

Me: “As long as he didn’t pee on the merchandise, then I don’t care.”

Coworker: “What should we do? I mean, who does that?”

Me: *shrugs* “I don’t know!”

(I investigate, and sure enough there is pee all over the floor. We clean it up best we can, but people roll their strollers and walk right through it. This is not the first time kids have peed in our store, but at least it wasn’t a full diaper left under a rounder!)

Babysitting Him Earns You A Halo

| Cincinnati, OH, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I am ringing up a regular, who has brought her younger brother with her. This particular customer has spent a very large amount of money on both games and systems, and has a very large reserve list. Everything she buys is paid for with money that she earned herself.)

Me: “Would you like to reserve anything coming up?”

Regular: “Hmm… anything you could recommend?”

Me:Call of Duty, Hitman, maybe Halo 4?”

Regular’s Brother: “Eww, don’t get Halo!”

Regular: “I’ll go ahead and reserve Halo.”

Regular’s Brother:Halo is dumb!”

Me: “You want to put $5 down on Halo 4?”

Regular: “Yes, please!”

Regular’s Brother: “Why the h*** are you getting Halo?”

Me: “Will that be all?”

Regular’s Brother: “Don’t get Halo!”

Regular: *ignoring her brother* “Yup, that’s it!”

Me: “Your total is [total].”

Regular’s Brother: “I told you don’t get Halo! God, you are so freaking dumb! You’re just getting Halo 4 to play with your stupid boyfriend!”

(The regular hands me the money and then looks to her brother.)

Regular: “It’s my money! And don’t you even sass me! I’ll lock the Xbox in my room again!” *to me* “I’m sorry about the kid. I don’t know what his deal is!”

Me: “It’s no problem. You have a great day!”

Regular: “You have a good day, too!” *to her brother* “I’ll make sure dad knows that you were being a jerk today! You will be so grounded!”

(She grabs her brother by the arm and drags him out of the store, telling him off for his behavior all the way.)

Carting Her Off To Justice

| Woodinville, WA, USA | At The Checkout, Family & Kids, Wild & Unruly

(I am shopping at a popular grocery and am in the long line to check out. I notice a cart nearby with a kid. It starts rolling into a shelf. I grab it before any damage is done.)

Me: “Hey, whose cart is this with the kid?”

(I see a woman at the meat department with a phone, talking away. I believe she has a purse that matches the coat on the cart.)

Me: “Ma’am your kid almost rolled into—”

(She waves me off and continues talking on the phone. I sigh, reposition the cart, then get back into the line.)

Customer In Front: “Stupid woman, leaving her kid to roll off to God knows where.”

Me: “I hope the phone call is worth the—”

(I notice the cart rolling again, so I stop it. This time, the woman notices.)

Woman: “What are you doing to my kid you… you… kidnapper!?”

Me: “I was stopping the cart.”

Woman: *snatches the cart from me* “Stay away from my baby.”

Customer In Front: *laughs* “Well, least she paying attention now.”

(The woman continues glaring at me. A few minutes pass, and the customer in front is done being checked out. However, I’m surprised when the woman and two cops approach me.)

Woman: *points to me* “There he is, the kidnapper!”

Officer #1: *to me* “Alright bub, let’s go.”

Officer #2: *getting cuffs out* “I got him.”

Customer In Front: “Woah, officers! Stop! You haven’t even heard his story!”

Woman: “He tried to kidnap my baby! That’s the story!”

(The two officers talk to people in the line about what happened, and are eventually convinced about my side of the story.)

Officer #1: “Ma’am, please put your hands on the counter.”

Woman: “What! What for? I’m not a kidnapper! I refuse!”

Officer #2: “Please work with us, not against us.”

Woman: “Arrest that man for kidnapping!”

Officer #2: “Ma’am, you are under arrest for abandoning a minor, and for endangering a minor. We will contact your husband or a relative at the station to get your child.”

Woman: “I’m innocent! He was kidnapping!” *she screams all the way out*