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    Category: Math & Science

    Everyone needs basic math and science skills to survive. However, these customers were definitely sleeping their way through class!

    Weekly Roundup: Weird Science

    | Not Always Right | Math & Science, Roundups

    Weird Science! In this week’s roundup, we feature customers with a weird (or non-existent) comprehension of science!

    1. The Building Block(heads) Of Life (5,628 thumbs up)
      A brainless bookstore customer gets a crash course in Chemistry 101!
    2. Magnetic Lines Of Farce (3,127 thumbs up)
      This credit card customer doesn’t quite understand the “attraction” of magnetic stripes.
    3. A Heated Topic (3,870 thumbs up)
      A restaurant patron gets into a heated argument with an employee over the warmth of the sun!
    4. Science, Stripped Down To A Soundbite (2,031 thumbs up)
      Explaining condensation and temperature? It’s wasted on customers who just want a “watered”-down explanation.
    5. Can’t Keep A Good Waitress Down (4,038 thumbs up)
      A waitress gets a tip for giving a customer tips on gravity!

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    PS #2: Read more roundups here!

    Having A Sub-epiphany

    | Montreal, QC, Canada | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Math & Science

    (I’m standing in line behind a very well-dressed, mid-fifties lady.)

    Lady: “What’s the difference between a 6-inch sub and a 12-inch sub?”

    Employee: *shows a 12-inch bread* “Well, this is a 12-inch sub…”

    (She then moves her hand to the middle of the bread.)

    Employee: “…and this is the size of a 6-inch sub.”

    (The lady acts like if she has just found out the meaning of life.)

    Lady: “Oh, so a 6-inch is around half the size of a 12-inch sub!”

    Don’t Count Out The Cost Of Education

    | Gainesville, Florida, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    (I’m the specialist for the children’s books. A customer comes up and asks me to take her to a popular kids’ series, so I do.)

    Customer: “Now, my granddaughter has numbers 1 and 2.”

    Me: “Great. We have the rest of the series if you’d like to pick up a few more.”

    Customer: “But what should I get?” *spreads her hands helplessly* ”She has 1 and 2 already, what should I get next?”

    Me: “You could get 3.”

    (The customer stands there blankly while I point to the book. She doesn’t move or react until I physically pick it up and put it in her hand.)

    Customer: “And then… should I go down to 4?”

    Count On This Customer To Be Considerate For A Change

    , | Omaha, NE, USA | Math & Science, Money

    (A woman in her thirties comes in with her young daughter, and they order two meals to go. The total is just over $18 and she hands me a twenty.)

    Me: “Out of twenty?”

    Customer: “Oh! Oh! I have the change. Is that okay? Do you want the change? Is it okay if I give you the change? Will it mess you up? Will you have to re-ring it?”

    Me: “No, it’s fine. Thanks.”

    Customer: “Are you sure? It won’t mess up the till?”

    Me: “No. Actually, we have no way to enter in how much customers give us. We just have to use math to figure it out!”

    Customer: “Really? Oh my gosh. There’s really no way to figure it out?”

    Me: “Nothing but counting.” *I hand her the change* “There you go. That’ll be right out.”

    Customer: *in awe* “Wow!”

    Acting Odd Over Even

    | Canada | Math & Science, Money, Top

    (I’m cashing out a customer and her total comes to an even number, $14. The following exchange takes place.)

    Me: “That will be $14 please.”

    Customer: “How much?”

    Me: “$14, please.”

    Customer: “Ugh, no, how much EXACTLY do I owe?”

    Me: “Um, the total is $14 even, ma’am.”

    Customer: “No! I want to know the EXACT total, right to the penny! Stop rounding it up or down. I’m on a tight budget and I need to know the exact amount. I’d like to pay in exact change.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, you misunderstood. Your exact total IS $14… an even, round $14.”

    Customer: “Look, get me your manager, please.”

    Me: “Okay, I’ll call her up.”

    (I call my manager on the intercom and she comes right up.)

    Manager: “Yes? What’s the problem?”

    Me: “Well, this lady here—”

    Customer: “NO! THIS lady here is trying to scam me out of money. She keeps rounding up my total so she can keep the change!”

    Manager: *to me* “Is this true?”

    Me: “No, her total is exactly $14. That’s what I told her. Here, look at my screen display…”

    (My manager looks, and sure enough the total is $14 even.)

    Manager: “Well, ma’am, I know it’s rare but it does happen that sometimes with the right combination of items we get a nice, even total like this one. But you do owe us $14. She isn’t rounding it up. Here, just look at the price display screen.”

    Customer: “BULLS***! This is ridiculous! No total is ever an even amount! I demand that you fix this immediately! Re-scan everything yourself! This little b**** rounded up my total!”

    Manager: “Okay, first, don’t insult my employees. Second, you are agitating my other customers with your language. There are young children close by. Third, I will gladly re-scan everything for you, and after I do, I expect you to pay the $14 that you owe us or leave my store with nothing.”

    Customer: “Just scan my s***. D*** son of a b****, I’ll use whatever language I want in the f***ing store. These kids hear worst language at home when their parents are f***ing!”

    (The manager voids the transaction and re-enters each item as he goes. He hands the customer a pen and paper and has her write down each amount as he goes. He then gives her a calculator to figure out the tax and they add it all up. It comes to exactly $14.)

    Customer: “Well, I don’t know what you did, but this still can’t be right. No amount at any store anywhere EVER comes to an exact amount. You guys are scammers!”

    (The customer pays and leaves. Unbelievably, the next customer in line had a total of $7.77. He saw it as a sign of good luck and tipped me a toonie!)

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