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    Ever come across a customer that has made you want to call the police? These ones pretty much ensure it. It goes way beyond the realms of shoplifting or threatening behavior. Some of these customers are too stupid even for those…

    A Detergent Deterrence

    | RI, USA | Family & Kids, Health & Body, Liars & Scammers, Theme Of The Month

    (The market I work at keeps the packages of detergent pods on the middle shelf. A customer sees where they are, and flips out.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, miss?!”

    Me: “How can I help you?”

    Customer: “Is there anyone I can talk to about the placement of the detergent pods?”

    Me: “Our manager isn’t in right now. If you want, I can give you his name so you can bring the matter up with him at a later date.”

    Customer: “I want you to do something about it now! These are poisonous to young children. If a child were to open one of these and eat one in the store, you would have a major lawsuit on your hands!”

    Me: “We’ve never had an issue with the placement of the product before, but I could see if the acting manager can do something about it.”

    (I go to page the acting store manager to the aisle. When I return to the aisle, the customer is nowhere to be seen, but there is a young girl trying to open one of the containers. Upon seeing me the young child drops the container on the floor causing them to spill everywhere.)

    Child: “I’m sorry!”

    (As if on cue, the customer comes flying into the aisle.)

    Customer: “See what I mean?! It’s a good thing you were here to stop this little girl before she ate one! I can’t imagine what would have happened if you hadn’t come into the aisle when you had! See how easy it is for a child to get into them?!”

    Child: “But Mommy, you told me to open it!”

    (The customer turns beet red, grabs her daughter, and sprints from the aisle. Thankfully she is stopped by the acting manager who had heard the entire exchange. It turns out that the woman had pulled the same stunt at several other markets in the area to get some form of compensation. She was forced to pay for the detergent pods in the end.)

    Your Scamming Days Are Numbered

    | VA, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Liars & Scammers, Technology

    (I’m working in a cell phone customer service call center. We can see the number the customers are calling from.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling [Company]; this is [Name]. How may I help you?”

    Customer: “I’d like to report a phone that was stolen.”

    Me: “I’m sorry to hear that. What’s the number?”

    (The customer gives me the exact same number of the phone the customer is calling from.)

    Me: “Uh, sir. That’s the number that you are on.”

    Customer: “S***!” *hangs up*

    Damaging Their Reliability

    | London, England, UK | Extra Stupid, Liars & Scammers, Technology, Tourists/Travel

    (I am called for technical support to a customer’s house, since their wireless internet is not working.)

    Customer: “So, my son got this wireless router but it doesn’t work, and I can’t connect to the internet anymore either.”

    (I look at the modem to find that it has been completely unplugged. Instead, they have a wireless router without a power supply, and an ethernet line leading to the PC, but it’s not wired into anything else.)

    Me: “Well, here is your problem; you have unplugged your modem and your new router won’t work unless it’s plugged into the modem, which you still have. I would be happy to wire the system back up for you if you have the old power supply available.”

    Customer: “Well, I threw it out because my son said we didn’t need it.”

    Me: “Er, right. You are aware that the modem and power supply are not your property? They are leased to you with your internet connection. I have a spare one, but it comes with a part cost and I will need to charge you for the loss of the old one.”

    Customer: “I see what’s happening here; you’re trying to scam me out of money. I don’t want it.”

    Me: “I can’t restore your connection without replacing the part. If it was broken or faulty, I would be able to do it for free, but since you just told me you threw it out, I have to charge you for it.”

    Customer: “You won’t charge if it’s broken, right?”

    Me: “Yes…”

    Customer: “If the modem is broken, you can give me a new one right?”

    (I think I see where this is going…)

    Me: “Yes, if the modem is broken, I can give you an updated unit with a new power supply, but since your old unit does not appear to be faulty, I can’t replace it.”

    Customer: “Okay, can you test it and see if it’s faulty?”

    (I figured at this point that there is no harm, and that if it was showing fault I could replace it for free.)

    Me: “Okay, let me just go and get the power supply from my van.”

    (As I’m halfway out the door, I hear a massive bang, and the sounds of stamping. I head back upstairs to see the modem now on the floor, and the customer’s foot planted firmly on top.)

    Customer: “It’s broken, so get me a new one.”

    Me: “I just saw you destroy it.”

    Customer: “I’ll pay you £30 to say you didn’t see anything.”

    Me: “But it would have cost you £8 for a new power supply.”

    Customer: “It’s not the amount; it’s the principle!”

    (I eventually replaced the whole unit for a cost of £15 and left. Next month I heard the customer called back. The next technician that went there said that the customer’s son had come by and told his mother she didn’t need the modem, then unplugged it and threw it away. The company, after reading both our reports, decided to cancel the contract then and there.)

    Hoping They Were Born Yesterday

    | Houston, TX, USA | Food & Drink, Holidays, Liars & Scammers, Theme Of The Month

    (I work at a bakery franchise that specializes in bundt cakes. On loyalty customers’ birthdays, they have the opportunity to come into the store and get a free mini cake. The following exchange happens the week before Halloween over the phone.)

    Me: “Hello! Thank you for calling [Franchise Name]; how may I help you?”

    Caller: “Yeah, hi. I was just calling about the birthday bundtlet? I didn’t get one.”

    Me: “Oh, geez, sorry about that. When did you come in?”

    Caller: “I didn’t. I never got the email with the coupon on it.”

    Me: “Okay. When did you sign up for the loyalty program?”

    Caller: “Um, it was for my cousin’s birthday, so it was a while ago, and…”

    (The customer proceeds to ramble on for a minute or so, making me suspicious that she signed up after her birthday.)

    Me: “Okay, miss. If you come in with your ID, to prove that your birthday was within a week of today, I’ll check to make sure you’re on the loyalty program and get you that cake.”

    Caller: “Oh, my birthday was in August. But my husband’s birthday is in a week, so I’ll just get a bundtlet for then.”

    Me: “No, that won’t work. I’m sorry.”

    Caller: “God, I f****** hate this store. You never work with your customers!”

    Trouble Brewing, Part 6

    | NE, USA | Liars & Scammers, Theme Of The Month, Underaged

    (A group of three customers enter the bar. They are wearing wristbands after attending a local MMA fight. The wristbands are supposed to be only for people of drinking age.)

    Customer #1: “Hey, can I get three rum and cokes?”

    Me: “Sure, I just need to see everyone’s ID.”

    Customer #2: “Aw, s***, I don’t have my ID, man.”

    Customer #1: “Well, you shouldn’t have let the cops take your ID!”

    Me: “Right, well if you don’t have your ID on you, I can’t serve you.”

    Customer #2: “But I got this wrist band at the fights. You can’t have one unless you’re old enough.”

    Me: “Yeah, but if I can’t see your ID myself, it doesn’t do me much good.”

    Customer #1: “Well, hey is [Other Bartender] here tonight?”

    Me: “Nope.”

    Customer #1: “What about [Another Bartender]?”

    Me: “Nope.”

    (They leave. Ten minutes later, Customer #1 comes back with a different couple.)

    Customer #1: “Hey, man, I’m gonna level with you…”

    Me: “Alright…”

    Customer #1: “Okay, that guy I was with before? Yeah, he’s only 20. But I’m totally 22, man.”

    Me: “Have you got your ID with you so you can prove it?”

    Customer #1: “Um… no.”

    Me: “Then I can’t help you.”

    Customer #1: “C’mon, you’re really gonna be like that?”

    Me: “Uh, yeah.”

    Related:
    Trouble Brewing, Part 5
    Trouble Brewing, Part 4
    Trouble Brewing, Part 3
    Trouble Brewing, Part 2

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