Everyone needs basic math and science skills to survive. However, these customers were definitely sleeping their way through class!
(I work in the electronics department of a large retail store. I receive a phone call one morning.)
Me: “Hello? Electronics department, how can I help you?”
Caller: “Well, I’m on your website looking at your [brand name] TVs. You got two on here I like, a 26 inch and a 32 inch. What’s the difference?”
Me: “Well, sir. It depends. Are they Plasma, LCD, LED?”
Customer: *cutting me off* “No, no, no! I don’t care about any of that. I just wanna know which one’s bigger!”
Inching Away From Intelligence
Weird Science! In this week’s roundup, we feature customers with a weird (or non-existent) comprehension of science!
- The Building Block(heads) Of Life (5,628 thumbs up)
A brainless bookstore customer gets a crash course in Chemistry 101!
- Magnetic Lines Of Farce (3,127 thumbs up)
This credit card customer doesn’t quite understand the “attraction” of magnetic stripes.
- A Heated Topic (3,870 thumbs up)
A restaurant patron gets into a heated argument with an employee over the warmth of the sun!
- 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.
- 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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(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!”
(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?”
(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!”