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    Category: Geeks Rule

    Whether you call them geeks, nerds, or dorks, we’re proud to call the masters of all that is obtuse and purveyors of hopelessly inane facts and fiction our friends. From Trekkies and Sith Lords to Muggles and Team Jacob (okay, Edward too), this category is dedicated to stories about those who rise above cool — and will probably end up ruling the world!

    Harry Potter And The Amazon Woman

    | ID, USA | Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Geeks Rule

    (I work reference desk at a public library. My desk is right next to the “New Books” display, and among the new books is a copy of “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.” The dust jacket shows Wonder Woman in the process of changing from her alter ego to her superhero form, so she still has her glasses and jacket on, but is also wearing her iconic leotard and crown. A mom and her children are walking by the display when one spots the book.)

    Child: “Mom, look! It’s Harry Potter Wonder Woman!”

    (I’m also a geek in my off-time, so I’m tempted to cosplay that at my next convention now…)

    R2-Dum Too

    | LA, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Geeks Rule

    (It’s a really slow night so I pull a crochet project out of my bag and sit off to the side of the counter in the break area so that I can work on it. A customer walks in and points at it.)

    Customer: “What you making?”

    Me: “A hat for my boyfriend.”

    Customer: “That’s a funny color pattern.”

    Me: “Oh, that’s because it’s not finished. When it’s done it’ll look like this.”

    (I show him the pattern’s photos, which is for an R2-D2 hat, and he wrinkles his nose.)

    Customer: “Is he a kid?”

    Me: “No, he’s not.”

    Customer: “Is he actually going to wear that thing?”

    Me: “Yes, because he specifically asked me to make it for him.”

    Customer: *makes a disgusted face* “Ugh! So he’s a geek!”

    Me: “Yes, he is. And your point is?”

    Customer: *condescendingly* “He’s a nerd.”

    Me: “Yes, and so am I. Again: what’s your point?”

    Customer: *throws up his hands* “He’s a nerd! A geek!”

    (The customer kept saying that over and over again as he picked up the items he had come to purchase. I’ll never understand people that think being geeky/nerdy is a bad thing. At least my boyfriend likes nerdy handmade things he gets.)

    Genetically Modified Turkey

    | MI, USA | Food & Drink, Funny Names, Geeks Rule

    Customer: “Hi, yes, could I please have a pound of mystique turkey please?”

    Me: *not quite catching what they said* “I’m sorry, did you say mesquite turkey?”

    Customer: “Yes, mystique turkey!”

    Me: “Actually, it’s mesquite smoked turkey, Mystique is a character in X-Men.”

    Customer: “Yeah, yeah, just get me some mystique turkey, please.”

    Me: “Mystique turkey coming right up! And I’ll change it blue for you, too!”

    Fifty Shades Of Dark Knight

    | Markham, ON, Canada | Books & Reading, Geeks Rule, Rude & Risque

    (A woman comes into the store.)

    Customer: “I need the latest Harlequin book!”

    Me: “Of course. Do you know the title or author?”

    Customer: “No. But it’s the latest one!”

    (In the spirit of providing good customer service, I quickly retrieve the latest Harlequin releases to show the woman. Upon seeing the books, the customer gives me a very unexpected response:)

    Customer: “NO! NO! This is wrong! I want the one with Batman!”

    (Fortunately, the Batman reference tells me what the customer is ACTUALLY looking for.)

    Me: “Ah. You want the latest HARLEY QUINN comic book.”

    Customer: “That’s what I said! Harlequin!”

    (The wrong emphasis on the wrong syllable determines whether you get a comic book, or an erotic novel.)

    Your Friendly Neighborhood Customer Service

    | NJ, USA | Awesome Workers, Family & Kids, Geeks Rule

    (I work in the video games department of a large toy store. We are doing a promotion for one of the Spider-Man movies. They hire an actor who dresses up as Spider-Man and gives out autographs. I snuck an autograph from him in during my lunch break and the actor goes home in the afternoon. After ringing up the last customer, a young boy comes up to the register with his dad. He has a Spider-Man jacket and a t-shirt.)

    Dad: “Hey, we’re here to see Spider-Man. Do you know where he is?”

    Me: “Oh! I’m sorry but he left an hour ago.”

    (Immediately the boy looks sad and the dad smiles apologetically to his son.)

    Dad: “I’m so sorry, [Son] Maybe we’ll see him next time?”

    (By now, the son is about to cry. I see the autograph under my register and quickly come up with a story.)

    Me: “Oh, [Son], right? Spider-Man told me all about you! He had a lot of crime to fight today but he told me to give this to you. He’s very proud of you and he wished he could have met his biggest fan in person! I’m really glad I found you!”

    (I gave him the autograph and his eyes lit up. They thanked me repeatedly while I rung up their purchase and I watched the boy leave with an extra skip in his step. I never liked working in retail but this was one of my favorites. I was more than happy to brighten his day!)

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