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    Be Civil To The Civilians

    | USA | Military, Top

    (I am a female officer-instructor, in line at the on-base convenience store. I am in my civilian clothes. Behind me are two soldiers in uniform that I recognize as new students in my latest class.)

    Soldier #1: “Man, why do they let civs shop here?”

    Soldier #2: “I don’t know why they even let civilians on base, you know? Unless they’re clerks or some s***; gotta have someone run the till.”

    Cashier: *winks at me* “So, lieutenant, how’s the instructor life treating you?”

    Me: “Oh, same old.”

    (I look back at the two soldiers with my best ‘I will make you do push-ups until you throw up’ death glare.)

    Me: “…some of my new students are going to take a lot of work.”

    (Both soldiers turn pale and run out. The clerk laughs so hard she starts wheezing.)

    Fought For His Country, Not Just His County

    | NJ, USA | At The Checkout, Military, Money

    (Our store gives a military discount, but you have to have one of three types of nationally-issued ID cards to get it. It can’t be a state, county, or city-issued ID. My current customer has a county-issued veteran’s card.)

    Me: “I’m sorry, sir; we can’t take these. It must be a nationally-issued card.”

    Customer: “This IS nationally issued!”

    Me: “No, this is a county VA card. The county seal is right there. It has to be from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in DC.”

    Customer: *blankly* “This IS a VA card.”

    (I pull out the cheat-sheet for cashiers.)

    Me: “It has to be one of these types. They’ve gotten very strict on that.”

    Customer: “I’m going to [competitor]! They know how to treat their veterans right!”

    (The customer storms out. A regular, who is a retired vet, comes up to me.)

    Regular Customer: “Good for you! I can’t stand people like that.”

    Me: “I was about ready to rattle off my parents’ names, ranks, and postings. Mom did her 22 years, and Dad’s a Lieutenant Colonel. And both of them would’ve told me that if I didn’t have my ID, too bad!”

    The Convergence Of Kindnesses

    | UT, USA | Awesome Customers, Love/Romance, Military, Top

    (I am tending to my customers’ needs, and watching the front door. A customer enters and asks for a table. I seat him and get him a cup of coffee.)

    Customer: “How far is it to Quebec?”

    Me: “I honestly have no idea, sir. But, if you don’t mind my asking, why are you heading there?”

    Customer: “Well, I have to be at work by tomorrow, and I’m sure I would have made it if the tire hadn’t come off my truck.”

    (He looks over the menu, orders, and receives his meal. As I am putting in another order on the computer, the father of the family seated at the table beside the other man approaches me.)

    Father: “Excuse me?”

    Me: “Yes, sir? Is there something I can help you with?”

    Father: “Has the man beside us ordered yet?”

    (The customer with the car problems is clearly of East Indian descent, and I immediately fear that this other man is about to make some racist comment.)

    Me: “Is there some kind of problem, sir?”

    Father: “No, not at all. But I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind putting his dinner on our bill.”

    (I am pleasantly surprised by this, and get into the computer to add the unfortunate customer’s check to the families. The family leaves soon after. When I next check on the customer, he has finished eating.)

    Me: “Is there anything else I can do for you tonight, sir?”

    Customer: “No, I’m fine, thanks. Just the bill, if you please.”

    Me: “Well, sir, I’m pleased to say that the family seated beside you earlier asked to pick up your bill.”

    Customer: “Did they really?”

    Me: *smiling* “Yes.”

    Customer: *smiling* “You know, it really makes me glad to know that there are still good, kind people in the world. It gives you hope.”

    (Not having anything else to do, I take some time to sit and listen to the man, as he’s expressed a desire to tell me why he’s on his way to Quebec. After having served as a soldier for some time, he grew tired of feeling as though he were living a double life, having to keep secrets from his loved ones so as to fulfill his duties. He then decided to leave the service, receiving a dishonorable discharge and losing nearly everything he owned in the process. During his time of service, he lived in Quebec and met a young woman who befriended him and showed him that there was more to life than simply having money and material possessions. The two of them ended up in a relationship that was cut short because of his constant dedication to his duties, and she claimed that it had grown hard to trust him.)

    Customer: “So, I’m heading back to Quebec to see her. I have nothing left to lose but her, and I’m going to take up a job as a mechanic, get a place for the two of us, and ask her to marry me.”

    (At this point, I am nearly in tears.)

    Customer: “But that’s where I’m unsure. I don’t know if she’ll want to marry someone like me.”

    (We talk a bit more, and I tell him that, in the time I’ve spent listening and chatting with him, he seems like a very good person, and that giving up his pension and career in the service for this woman speaks very strongly about his character. After a while, he goes out to his truck, and returns with a coin.)

    Customer: “I told them that I didn’t care. I told them that I was tired of living a lie. They laughed in my face and gave me this. They told me to find someone who gave a s***.”

    (The customer hands me a foreign coin and smiles.)

    Customer: “So those are the words I live by: ‘Find something to give a s*** about’.”

    (As he walks to the door, he thanks me, and I wish him all the luck in the world. This night at work really emphasized two things for me: A little kindness goes a long way, and if you give a s*** about something, you won’t give up on it. Whoever you are, sir, I truly wish you the best. I hope that the woman you love sees just how much you care about her, and that the two of you can spend your lives together. And to the man who paid for his meal, I will never forget the kindness you offered to another in need.)

    How To Disarm Volatile Customers

    | USA | At The Checkout, Military, Money, Top

    (I work at a clothing department store. We don’t offer a discount to our military, but we do have deals going on all the time. I overhear a customer speaking as if he has a military background. He eventually comes up to the counter.)

    Me: “Hi, I couldn’t help but overhear, but what branch are you?”

    Military Customer: “Oh, I am in [legitimate military branch]. I did a tour of Iraq for a while.”

    Me: “In that case, I can see that you forgot your coupon! That’s not a problem; we’ll take 30% off for you!”

    (The next customer behind him starts yelling.)

    Next Customer: “I don’t have my 50% coupon!”

    (I ignore her, and finished the soldier’s purchases.)

    Next Customer: “I deserve my 50% off!”

    Me: “Ma’am, our store has never had a coupon that goes over 30%.”

    (The next customer begins to yell.)

    Next Customer: “You gave that discount to him! Why can’t I get the discount?”

    (The military customer calmly walks over, and takes off his left arm. The next customer’s eyes get really large.)

    Military Customer: “Don’t worry, the 50% discount only costs an arm and a leg; give or take a bit.”

    (The next customer flees without buying anything. Thank you to all of our military, and especially the ones with great humor!)

    They Are Rotten To The Corps

    | MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Military, Top, Wild & Unruly

    (I am working late at my video store. Two customers enter, bad mouthing the military. As I prepare to suggest they keep it to themselves, one of the customers in the store beats me to it; a little 4′ 9″ woman I know to be a regular. She plants herself in front of the louder of the two guys, sticks out her hands and challenges them both.)

    Woman: “Do you actually know anyone in the military, or have you ever been in the military?”

    Large Guy: *mumbles something* “…not that desperate for money…” *mumbles*

    Woman: “Well my husband is a Marine, so you shut up!”

    (She kicks him in the knee. He screams and leaves, taking his buddy with him. As I make my way to speak with her, the only other customer in the store, a big bear of a guy, introduces himself to her.)

    Other Customer: “Hi, I’m a former Navy Seal. I was on my way to take him apart, but I liked your way better!”

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