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    Category: Family & Kids

    Ah, Fathers, Part 5

    | New York, NY, USA | Family & Kids, Holidays

    (I’m stocking the shelves. A male customer with a small child of about four comes up to me and asks if there is a post office near by. I tell him there is one a couple of blocks away. He looks at the
    clock, then takes his son’s hand and prepares to walk out of the store. The child doesn’t want to go.)

    Customer: *to the child* “Come on, we need to go to the post office. It’ll close soon.”

    Child: “I want to look at toys.”

    Customer: “We have to go now. We can come back later.”

    Child: “You go. I’ll wait here and play.”

    Customer: “You can’t.”

    Child: “Why?”

    Customer: “Because your dad will go to jail for that.”

    (The child looks perplexed.)

    Customer: *trying to explain* “Think smaller Christmas present. And you’ll have to stay with Grandma a lot.”

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    Ah, Fathers, Part 3
    Ah, Fathers, Part 2
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    Hannah Montana, I Choose You

    | Woburn, MA, USA | Family & Kids, Musical Mayhem

    Me: “Excuse me, do you need help?”

    Customer: “Yes, actually. Would you happen to know what a good game for a seven year old boy? I need a present for my grandson.”

    Me: “Well, you could always go with a classic Mario or Pokémon game.”

    Customer: “Well what are those about?”

    (I give a very general description, explaining the basics of the concepts since she was obviously new to video games.)

    Customer: “Oh, I don’t know. Those sound very violent to me.”

    Me: “Well, they’re very popular games, especially among young boys.”

    Customer: *thinks for a moment* “No, I think those games are too violent. I’ll just get him this one.”

    (She picks up the latest Hannah Montana game for the DS and walks off.)

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    Byte-eous Retribution

    | Hollister, CA, USA | Family & Kids

    (A woman is buying a World War 2-based game for her child’s birthday.)

    Me: “Okay, so, I’ve heard good things about this one, but just so you know, it is rated Mature. That’s like an R rating.”

    Customer: “Oh, wait. Really? Why?”

    Me: “This one’s got some foul language, but it’s mostly the violence and blood, I’m sure.”

    Customer: “Violence? Like, killing people? He’s only turning 12.”

    Me: “Well, yeah. It’s WW2. So it’s a lot of Nazi killing.”

    Customer: “Oh, just Nazis? You can’t kill anyone else?”

    Me: “Not as far as I know.”

    Customer: “That’s fine, then. I’ll take it.”

    Parental Misguidance

    | Birmingham, AL, USA | Family & Kids, School

    (Parents often call to make sure their children are where they are supposed to be or are going to be ready when they come to pick them up.)

    Me: “Computer lab, this is [name].”

    Mother: “Hi, I am looking for my son. I think he’s up there using your computers.”

    Me: “Okay, can you tell me what he looks like?”

    Mother: “Well, he’s got medium skin, he’s kind of heavy, and he looks a little slow.”

    Ah, Mothers, Part 7

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | Family & Kids

    (I’m putting a bridal set on a mannequin. The bottom has a train on it and a little girl is pulling on it.)

    Me: “Please don’t pull on that.”

    Mother: “Oh, she’s fine.”

    Me: “If she rips it, you have to pay for it.”

    Mother: *bellowing at daughter* “DON’T TOUCH THAT!”

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