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  • November Theme Of The Month: Black Friday!

    Category: Math & Science

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

    Their IQ Is Below Zero

    | Portsmouth, England, UK | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Math & Science

    (Whilst taking a customer’s cocktail order on a Friday night:)

    Customer: “Is your ice fresh or frozen?”

    Trying To Pull A Shady Deal

    | USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    (I work at company that sells stone to go on houses. All of the stone is outside, and our location is surrounded by trees.)

    Customer: “All of this is the same rock?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am. Everything in this row is the same material.”

    Customer: “Why is this side so much darker?! You said it was the same!”

    Me: “…ma’am, that side is in the shade.”

    Total Recall

    | WI, USA | At The Checkout, Math & Science, Money

    (Whenever a customer hands me actual cash, I always recount it and repeat the sum back to them to ensure they have given me the right amount, The customer is in a rush and not listening to me.)

    Me: “With your coupons, your total is $12.34.”

    (The customer hands me $21 and some change while looking at the display.)

    Me: “Out of $21.46?”

    (She ignores me so I enter the amount into the computer, take out her change and close the drawer.)

    Me: “Your change is $9.12. Would you like your receipt with you or in the bag?”

    Customer: “What? I didn’t want change back! That’s why I gave you exact change! I should be getting $5 back!”

    Me: “No, Ma’am. I told you the total was $12.34 after your discounts and repeated how much you gave me back to you.”

    Customer: “But the display says $16.46! Give me the right change back; I’m trying to lighten my purse and I don’t want coins!”

    Me: “That was before the discounts. The display shows the amount due after discounts on this side of the display.” *I reach over the monitor to point*

    Customer: “Open the register back up and get me the correct change! NOW!”

    Me: “The register will only open for a cash transaction.”

    (The lady continues to yell at me, disregarding her own stupidity until another customer eventually pushes in front of her while giving her a dirty look.)

    Next Customer: “She told you the correct total and you didn’t bother paying attention.”

    They Don’t Charge Extra For Time

    | UK | Math & Science, Movies & TV

    Customer: “Two tickets to see [Film] this evening, please.”

    Me: “Of course. Would you like to watch in 2D or 3D?”

    Customer: “Oh, I wish you had 4D, too, That would be cool!”

    Me: “Well, technically, since films are moving images our 3D films are 4D. They move through time!”

    Customer: “The fourth dimension!”

    Coupons Can Be Taxing

    Pittsburgh, PA, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink, Math & Science, Theme Of The Month

    (I manage a fast food/coffee shop. A customer presents a coupon for $1.99 coffee. I make her drink and I ring it up.)

    Me: “That’s going to be $2.11.”

    Customer: “That’s with the coupon?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Customer: “But it’s supposed to be $1.99.”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am. $1.99 plus tax.”

    Customer: “But why is it $2.11? That seems like too much.”

    Me: “Well its $1.99 plus 12 cents tax which comes to $2.11.”

    Customer: “That doesn’t make any sense! It should be $1.99!”

    (This goes on for a couple minutes and my boss is next to me counting money.)

    Customer: *to my boss* “You understand what I’m saying right?”

    Boss: “I’m not sure I do. The drink is $1.99 plus tax and the tax is 12 cents so the total should be $2.11.”

    (The customer stops and thinks for a second and then, looking quite embarrassed turns to me.)

    Customer: “OH, MY GOSH I’m so sorry! I really need this coffee!”