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    Category: Family & Kids

    Gift (Of Life) Box

    | Canada | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Family & Kids

    Customer: “Do you guys sell watch gift boxes?”

    Co-worker: “Yes we do!” *she pulls one out* “Will this do?”

    Customer: “Hmm, no. I need something a bit bigger. I need one large enough to fit a pregnancy test!”

    (My co-worker and I are leaning down, looking for a larger gift box. It takes a minute for us to process what she says.)

    Co-worker: “Oh! Congratulations!”

    Customer: *looking teary-eyed and grinning widely* “Thanks so much! I am so excited!”

    (My co-worker found her a box, and gave it to her on the house!)

    Shaming Special On The Pre-Wedding Aisle

    | NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

    (I am in a grocery store with my two-year-old nephew. I am 22, and wearing my engagement ring.)

    Other Customer: “Hey, you!”

    Me: “Me?”

    Other Customer: “Yeah, you. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

    Me: “What?”

    Other Customer: “It’s bad enough that teenagers like you seem to think you can just sleep with people. Then you have kids and try to act like you could raise them!”

    Me: He’s—”

    Other Customer: “It’s things like this that show me that you have absolutely no respect for this country! The entire country is going down the tubes. It’s appalling to think that you would ever even consider having a child outside of wedlock.”

    (An employee comes into the aisle to stock things, but overhearing the other customer’s comments speaks up in my defense.)

    Employee: “Hey, are you going to even let her talk? She doesn’t have to, but I think she’s entitled to respond to the things you’re saying.”

    Other Customer: “You keep out of this. There is nothing she can say to make it any better.”

    Me: “Actually, there is. One, this is my nephew. Two, I’m 22, which means if he were my child, I would have been twenty when he was born. Third, his parents are married and have been since before he was even conceived. Fourth, before you start flying off about unmarried people, you may want to check their ring hand.” *I hold up my hand* “I’m engaged, but you couldn’t know I wasn’t married. Fifth, even if I was 17, and this was my child, and I wasn’t married, why would it be any of your business?”

    (The customer doesn’t say anything, and slowly walks away. I turn to the employee.)

    Me: “Thanks.”

    Employee: “No problem. That actually turned out as well as it possibly could have. I was mostly saying it so you could just say, ‘None of your business’. It’s even better that none of the things that she was accusing you of were true.”

    No Proof In Purchase

    | Wiltshire, England, UK | Family & Kids, Food & Drink, Hotels & Lodging, School

    (We have a school prom in our function room. Whenever we have a prom, we run a ‘dry’ bar. We will not serve the students at the main bar. One of the teachers approaches the bar and slams a bottle down on the counter.)

    Teacher: “I just took this from one of my students. He is 16!”

    Me: “Ma’am, it’s—”

    Teacher: “This is a disgrace; you’ve broken the law. Who served him! Was it you?”

    Me: “It’s a—”

    Teacher: “I want to speak to your manager.”

    Me: “I understand why you’re upset, but—”

    Teacher: “We won’t have another prom here! Selling alcohol to kids—”

    Me: “It’s a non alcoholic beer. There is no alcohol behind the bar tonight and no one here would serve anyone underage anyway.”

    Teacher: “Oh, God. I’m so sorry. I’d better give this back to him.”

    Thinks Her Son Has A Halo

    | Long Island, NY, USA | Family & Kids

    (An older woman comes into my store. Her son is looking for a particular game: ‘Halo 4′.)

    Customer: “What’s in this game? Is there anything bad in it?”

    Me: “It revolves around a futuristic space marine who has to fight aliens. It has a rating for blood and violence, but it isn’t showcased nearly as much as other popular titles.”

    Customer:What? I will never let my son play this! It will teach him how to kill people and hurt others!”

    Me: “Well, I guess you can say that I’m a professional race car driver, and I’ve scored more home runs than anybody in the history of baseball.”

    Customer: “What? What does this have to do with teaching my kids how to shoot guns?”

    Me: “Well, I’ve played the latest NASCAR and Major League Baseball games. If what you’re saying is right, well then I should be capable of doing both.”

    Customer: “Well… you’re… I…”

    Me: *smiling* “Ma’am, your total is $65.16.”

    (She ended up buying the game!)

    Assassin’s Crib

    | Springfield, MO, USA | Family & Kids, Geeks Rule

    (My husband and I have a favorite game store because they tend to treat females very well. We have a two-year-old daughter who has been loving the games as much as we have.)

    Cashier: “Is that all for you?”

    Husband: “Oh, I have a few pre-orders to make.”

    Cashier: “No problem.”

    (I’m holding our daughter. I find a game case she likes, ‘Assassin’s Creed’.)

    Me: “Look baby, it is your favorite!”

    Daughter: “Ezio!”

    Cashier: “Did she just!?”

    Me: “No, no, this is Conner. But I bet he is just as cool as—”

    Daughter:No! Ezio! Ezio! Ezio!”

    (I didn’t know what was better: My daughter saying Ezio’s name over and over, or the cashier trying to stay professional and not squeal at a two year old.)


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