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    Taking It Just A Hair Too Far

    | Denver, CO, USA | Crazy Requests, Family & Kids

    (This happened when I was 11 and at a shopping mall. I am sitting outside the restroom waiting for my friends to come out of the bathroom. A lady comes out of the nearby salon and comes over to me.)

    Lady: “Oh what pretty black hair you have!”

    Me: “Oh, uh, thanks, but actually its brown. It’s just wet right now.”

    Lady: “Oh, why didn’t you dry it?”

    Me: “My hairdryer’s broken.”

    Lady: “Oh!”

    (She grabs my wrist and drags me into the salon.)

    Me: “Let go of me!”

    (She continues holding my wrist and grabs a hairdryer.)

    Worker: “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but, weren’t you just here? And, uh, what are you doing?”

    Lady: “She has dripping wet hair!” *turns hairdryer on*

    (She finally lets go of my wrist and puts the dryer down.)

    Me: “You’re insane!”

    (I run to my friends, who are waiting outside, laughing.)

    Lady: “I was just trying to help!”

    Who’s Teaching Who Manners

    | Minnesota, USA | Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (I bus tables at a buffet-style restaurant. I approach a table of two middle-aged women and a girl who looks to be around 8 years old.)

    Me: “Hello! I’ll be your service assistant today. How is everything tasting so far?”

    Woman: “Fine.”

    (I walk away and let them continue eating. I return about 10 minutes later.)

    Me: “Why don’t I get these empty plates out of your way?”

    (Both women completely ignore me. I take the plates and start to walk away.)

    Girl: *yells to her mom* “Shouldn’t you say ‘thank you’?!”

    (I start giggling and duck into the bus station. Later, I return to the table to pickup the next round of plates.)

    Both women: *beaming* “Thank you!”

    (The majority of people do not tip us. They end up leaving me $5.)

    Misery Demands Company, Part 2

    | Columbus, OH, USA | Family & Kids

    (Our office has stickers for the kids that come in. A patient’s child spots them on the way out.)

    Child: “Can we get stickers?”

    Patient: *sighing* “Can he have a sticker?”

    Me: “Of course!”

    Patient: *rolls eyes heavily* “Okay…well, don’t get your hopes up.”

    Child: “Do they have SpongeBob or superheroes?”

    Me: “Of course we do!”

    (The patient sticks her hand in container, fiddles around, and pulls her hand out empty despite the container being filled with stickers.)

    Patient: “Nope, looks like they don’t. We’re leaving.”

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    Not So Modest Aspirations

    | Europe | Family & Kids, Rude & Risque

    (I’m speaking with a three year old girl as I serve her mother.)

    Me: “Do you like the pharmacy? Do you think you will be a pharmacist when you grow up?”

    Girl: “No! I will be a dancer!”

    Me: “Oh, a dancer! That’s nice! Like in a dance group?”

    Girl: “No! On the pole!”

    Pointing Out The Obvious

    | Luton, UK | Family & Kids, Top

    (A 4-year-old child has trapped her finger in a door, so I’m going over the accident form with her mother when she comes to pick her up.)

    Mother: “Index finger? What the h*** is that?”

    Me: *showing her* “This one here.”

    Mother: “What? That’s a pointer-finger.”

    Me: “Well, yes, but in medicine it’s called the index finger.”

    Mother: “That’s not true. I’ve never heard that. Is that supposed to be funny? Just because I’m a woman–”

    Me: “Well, no–”

    Mother: “Yes, it is! What kind of a man works at a nursery anyway?”

    Child: “A man who knows about fingers!”

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