Category: Family & Kids

Un-Sue-table Parenting

| IN, USA | Family & Kids, Wild & Unruly

(I walk out to the dining room and see a kid, about five years old, running on some of our booths. I walk up to the mother.)

Me: “Ma’am, please stop your kid from running on our booths. It’s not safe.”

Mother: “He’s just having fun.”

Me: “Ma’am, it’s not safe, and I’m asking you to stop your kid.”

Mother: “He’s just playing. He’s not going to get hurt.”

(This goes on for several minutes.)

Me: “Fine, then this is your disclaimer.” *turns to a regular customer* “You’re my witness.” *to the mother* “Ma’am, if your child falls and injures himself then we at [restaurant] hold no responsibility. We are not liable for any medical costs that may result in him injuring himself in our store.”

Mother: “You can’t do that.”

Me: “I have told you multiple times to stop your child from engaging in such dangerous activities and you have ignored me. Have a nice afternoon.”

(I turn and walk away.)

Mother: *to child* “Sit down now before you hurt yourself!”

The High Cost Of Racism

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Awesome Customers, Bigotry, Family & Kids

(A customer is with my coworker, and seems to be acting rude. I come over to see what is happening.)

Coworker: “Your total is $48.76.”

Customer: “No, it’s not! This is supposed to be on sale!” *shows an old coupon for different store*

Coworker: “We cannot accept that.”

Customer: “No, no no! It’s on sale! You’re incompetent! I knew you wouldn’t’ be any help! You n***** shouldn’t be taking jobs from good, Christian, white people!”

(At this point, my coworker is on the verge of tears. The customer then grabs random kid, who appears to be 10 or 11.)

Kid: “Let go!”

Customer: *to kid* “Don’t you think this lady is mean for taking white peoples’ jobs?”

Kid: “No, but I do think that you are a idiotic, rude, racist that needs to let go of me right now!”

(The stunned customer runs out of the store. We track down the kid’s parent, who ended up getting a $10 gift card which she spent on a toy for the kid!)

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*

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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!)

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