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    Bowling For Breadwinners

    | Massapequa, NY, USA | Family & Kids, Wild & Unruly

    (I work at a dollar store in the area where I pack out boxes for a summer job. I am assembling plastic cups in the children’s section when I hear a large bang behind me. I turn around and find a child holding a heavily-loaded shopping cart loaded inches away from my legs. With all that weight, he could have severely injured me. The cart apparently hit the box I was packing out from.)

    Customer: “Mommy! I almost hit him!”

    Customer’s Mom: “Don’t worry sweetie. You’ll get him next time!”

    (I never asked to work in the children’s aisle again!)

    Never Say No To La Novia

    | Roselle, NJ, USA | Awesome Customers, Bigotry, Family & Kids, Top

    (I am watching my girlfriend’s two-year-old sister near the counter while she does her shopping. Her sister is learning to talk in Spanish, so I’m quizzing her with colors. While we’re playing, a seven-year-old girl approaches us and asks to play because she takes Spanish at school. Everything is fine until the girl’s mother comes.)

    Mother: “Leona, what are you doing? You know not to bother people.”

    Me: “Oh, she’s not, ma’am. She just asked to play with me and my girlfriend’s sister.”

    Mother: “Girlfriend?” *thinks for a few moments* “Oh, a close friend! Sorry, I was thinking you meant a girl you were dating.”

    Me: “I did. I am dating a girl. This little girl is her sister and your daughter was just playing with us. She wasn’t bothering us.”

    Mother: “What?! Leona, you were playing with a homo?!? Come over here, right now!”

    (In tears, the girl slowly approaches her mother, who yells at her about how she knows better than to interact with “h***-bound sinners” like me. She then chides me for “sinning” around such a small child, referring to my girlfriend’s sister. While I’m speechless, a man comes up, who I assume is the girl’s father.)

    Father: *to the mother* “I got the rest of the stuff. What are you yelling about?”

    Mother: *to her daughter* “Tell Daddy what you did!”

    (In hysterics, the girl tells her father what happened, ending her telling by clinging to his leg and apologizing over and over. I’m feeling dreadful and very guilty and am near tears myself. But to my surprise, this happens.)

    Father: *to the mother* “Are you serious?! What is wrong with you?! I don’t even know why I came out with you! Just go wait in the car! Sheesh!”

    (The mother, now apparently embarrassed, exits the store. The father calms his daughter down and apologizes to her and me before leaving. Right after they leave, my girlfriend comes up, having seen the whole thing.)

    My Girlfriend: “I actually know that family. The father moved in next door to me two weeks ago. That girl’s parents are divorced and her parents have joint custody of her, but today is her birthday and she wanted to be with both of them together. They said yes to make her happy, but I don’t think that’ll happen again.”

    (A few weeks later, my girlfriend tells me the father got full custody of his daughter. Now, she and my girlfriend’s sister play together on a daily basis, and I occasionally help her with her Spanish homework.)

    A Sign Of The Times

    | Manitou Springs, CO, USA | Family & Kids, Wild & Unruly

    (Note: I am working the ticket counter giving out prizes. A guy and his teenage daughter are examining a glass display case with stuff inside. Suddenly, the daughter backs up a foot and launches herself directly into the case, almost knocking it over.)

    Me: “Please do NOT push on the glass!”

    Father: *angrily* “Well, there should be a sign or something! How was she supposed to know that would happen?!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but people don’t generally throw themselves in to our GLASS cases.”

    Father: “Well, there should be a sign! Geeze!” *storms out*

    Butting In

    | Ridgewood, NJ, USA | Family & Kids

    (My job involves calling people to set up demos. During one such phone call, the following occurs.)

    Me: “Hello, is [name] there?”

    Customer: “No, she’s not at home right now. This is her husband.”

    Me: “Okay, is there a better time for me to reach her?”

    (Suddenly, I hear someone pick up the phone. It’s a child’s voice, and very audible.)

    Young Voice:Hello?

    Customer: *ignores her* “Well, what are you calling in reference to?”

    Young Voice:Dad?

    Me: “I’m friends with [friend], and she said your wife might be nice enough to help me out with something.”

    Young Voice:Dad?

    Customer: *to his kid* “One second, sweetie.” *to me* “You know, why don’t I take a message?”

    Young Voice:Dad?

    Me: “Yeah, that works, too.”

    Young Voice:Dad?

    Customer: “Okay, what’s your name?”

    Me: “I’m [name].”

    Young Voice:Dad? Can you come upstairs, please?

    Customer: *to his kid* “Just give me a minute!” *to me* “And how do you spell that?”

    Me: *I spell it out*

    Young Voice:Dad?

    Customer: “And your phone number?”

    Young Voice:Dad?

    Me: “It’s [area code]—”

    Young Voice:Dad?

    Me: *says the next three digits*

    Young Voice:DAD? DAAAAAD?

    Customer: “Sorry, could you repeat that?”

    Me: *repeats the next three digits*

    Customer: “Okay.”

    Me: *says the next four digits*

    Young Voice:DAD!

    Customer: “Just a minute, please!” *to me* “Could you repeat that again?”

    Me: *repeats the next four digits*

    Customer: “Okay, so that’s [name] at [phone number]. I’ll make sure she gets that. Thanks.”

    Young Voice:DAD, I NEED YOU TO COME UPSTAIRS AND WIPE MY BUTT!

    Customer: *click*

    The Scales Will Never Fall From Her Eyes

    | California, USA | Family & Kids, Pets & Animals

    (I am a female working in a reptile store, so it’s fairly common for people to question why I would be interested in snakes and lizards. On this particular day, I’m helping a woman and her 6-year-old daughter hold a snake.)

    Customer: “So, do you have any reptiles of your own at home?”

    Me: “Oh yes, I have a ton.” *laughs*

    Customer: “How does that affect your dating life? I mean, boys can’t possibly think that’s attractive in a girl!”

    (The customer’s question has caught me off guard, but I try to remain friendly.)

    Me: “Um, it doesn’t really have an effect. It’s not usually an issue.”

    Customer’s Daughter: “Mommy, can I get a pet snake?!”

    Customer: “No, sweetie. We want YOU to have boyfriends.”

    Me: *speechless*

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