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    Online And Over The Line

    | USA | Crazy Requests, Money, Technology, Theme Of The Month

    (I work in a craft store with two entrances; each entrance has multiple registers. I am on the register called ‘side door.’ At the time of this transaction, I am a new hire and am highly concerned with not breaking company policy about coupons.)

    Me: “Hello, did you find everything all right?”

    Customer: “Yeah, thanks. Do you have any coupons right now?”

    Me: “Yes, there’s currently a 40% off of one regular priced item going on right now.”

    (At this point, I haven’t realized that she was asking me if I had any coupons with me at the register, which I don’t. Employees are required to throw them away if we don’t scan them from a phone.)

    Customer: “Okay, great, I want to use it on [item].”

    Me: *after scanning the item* “All righty, because this item is your highest priced, regular priced item, the coupon should work.”

    (The customer starts typing on her smartphone, and I finish ringing up the items she put on my counter. When she looks up, she stops me to examine the items.)

    Customer: “Oh. That one’s not on sale?”

    Me: “No, it’s not.”

    Customer: “Okay. Can I use a coupon on that one too?”

    Me: “Unfortunately, no. It’s only one of this kind of coupon per transaction, per customer, per day. I’m sorry.”

    Customer: *suddenly getting irate* “Okay, I don’t have the money to be spending on these both.” *she has trouble deciding on which item to keep, and a line starts to form behind her, making her even more irate* “Look, is there any way you can let it slide? Other cashiers have let it slide before…”

    Me: “I’m really sorry, but I can’t use two of this kind of coupon in the same transaction for the same customer.”

    Customer: *with an impatient sigh* “Fine, you know what? I’ll just take this one.” *she goes back to texting while I take the item off of the transaction*

    Me: “Okay, I can scan your coupon for you, ma’am.”

    Customer: *with an are-you-stupid look* “You said you had a coupon.”

    Me: “Oh, um… I can pull this week’s coupon up on your phone for you? Unfortunately, I don’t have any back here.”

    Customer: *now very annoyed, for no real reason that I understand; she also refuses to let me see the screen of her phone to navigate the badly designed store website* “Okay, so how do I do that?”

    Me: “In the browser, go to [site name].”

    (I radio in for backup, not because the line is long, but because I know that pulling the coupon up on the site takes a while. The customer shoots me an annoyed look when I do this.)

    Customer: “Okay, I’m on the site, now what?” *she’s taken an imperious tone with me by now*

    Me: “There should be a small icon in the corner of the screen you can tap that gives you a popup side-bar menu-thing.”

    (I watch as she struggles with this, again asking if I can help her navigate the site and again getting refused.)

    Customer: “Okay, so what do I tap on now? Weekly Ad?” *she sounds extremely irate, impatiently glaring at me when she has the chance*

    Me: “I’m not really sure, but that should be the right thing, unless you see a ‘coupons’ button?”

    Customer: “I don’t see a coupons button.”

    Me: “Oh, okay, it’s in the weekly ad, then. Sometimes the site acts differently on different phones, depending on whether or not you have the app—”

    (I get told over radio that there’s no backup for me, and the line continues to pile up and my customer gets more agitated.)

    Customer: “Look, I don’t need you to lecture me right now about this. Just tell me how to get the d*** coupon!”

    Me: *taking a slow breath of air to calm my nerves, as this is my first angry customer* “Okay, once the screen loads, tap on the right side that says coupons.”

    Customer: *irritated, taking offence to the deep breath* “I don’t like your tone. I want you to call your manager.”

    (I call my manager, who tells me that she’ll be a couple minutes because of the store being busy and so few of us employees to keep up with the rush.)

    Me: “Unfortunately, the store is a little busy and my manager won’t be here for a little bit. I’m sorry.”

    Customer: “Yeah, sure, whatever. Make excuses.”

    (The customer manages to pull up the coupon after I help her a little more, continuing to give me death glares.)

    Me: “Okay, that brings your total down. Your receipt is in your bag and a coupon for next week. Have a good rest of the day.”

    (The customer just glares at me, then seeing my manager who just walked up behind me and paling a little, gives me a half-a**ed threat to write me up online and literally flees the store.)

    Manager: *to me* “Okay, so, what just happened?”

    (I explain the situation, while my other customers patiently wait for me.)

    Manager: “All righty, then. Don’t worry, she won’t be writing anything. She was just having a bad day.”

    (My manager left, and the rest of my customers were very polite and sweet for the rest of the day. It’s been almost five months since that incident, and no, I never did get a bad online review from it.)

    Gotta Find Johnny Cash

    | USA | Crazy Requests, Money

    (My office handles reports of fraud, but has a reputation for trying to help everybody who calls in, even if it’s nothing that we usually handle.)

    Me: “[Office], [My Name] speaking. How can I help you?”

    Caller: “This guy is getting benefit checks and he’s working! He does odd jobs around the trailer park where we both live.”

    Me: “Okay. We’re not the right place for this, but if you tell me a little more about what’s going on, I can try to find the right place for you.”

    Caller: “His name is Johnny, and I don’t know what his space number is.”

    Me: “Do you know who he gets his checks from?”

    Caller: “Nope, don’t see him at the mailbox. But he brags about it.”

    Me: “Do you know what kind of benefit checks he’s getting?”

    Caller: “No.”

    Me: “I’m not sure on where to tell you to go.”

    Caller: “Why don’t you take the information? You’re the fraud department, aren’t you? His name is Johnny, the trailer park is at [address], and he’s getting money from the government that he shouldn’t! Just write that down and investigate it.”

    Me: “Do you have a surname for Johnny?”

    Caller: “Nope.”

    Me: *inwardly sighing* “Well, I’ll do my best to get this to the right people.”

    Caller: “Thank you!” *hangs up*

    (At this point, my coworker comes over as I’m staring at the notes from the call.)

    Coworker: “What was that all about?”

    Me: “I think I’ve found the fraud line equivalent of ‘I once read a book. It was blue.’”

    Charged With Stupid Indignation

    | Port St Lucie, FL, USA | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (A customer presents two coupons, both for large sandwiches.)

    Customer: “Can I use these both?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am.”

    Customer: “Okay can I get a [Sandwich #1] and a [Sandwich #2]. But I want extra lettuce, tomato, and sauce on that one. And can I get one fish sandwich?”

    Me: “Sure, just let me take these two coupons off for you, okay?”

    (I give her the two free sandwiches so she’s only paying for one.)

    Customer: “All right, that sounds good to me!”

    (Her order is finished, she has the bag, her coupons were taken off, everything seems perfect. But of course, it isn’t.)

    Customer: “Ma’am?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am. Is there something wrong here?”

    Customer: “Well, yeah, you charged me for two sandwiches.”

    Me: *checks the receipt* “The only sandwich you paid for was the one with extra toppings. They came to a little more, but I assure you, you only paid for one of the three.”

    Customer: “No, you charged me. Look here.” *points to the one sandwich she paid for*

    Me: “Yes, I charged you for that sandwich. But where it says ’1P,’ means it was free. There is one on the [Sandwich #1] and one on the fish.”

    Customer: “But you charged me for two sandwiches.”

    Me: *speaks a little slower* “The 1P next to the sandwiches make them $0. Free. You have two free sandwiches. Two.”

    Customer: “Ma’am. You charged me for two.”

    (I wanted to bash my head into the register. Finally after about six minutes, she finally understood that I only charged for one sandwich, and then left happily.)

    Promo Is Too Slow-Mo

    , | Port St Lucie, FL, USA | Money, Technology, Theme Of The Month

    (I work for a very large, well know fast food company. I am a manager, and coupons can only be taken off by a manager. Every single time there is a coupon I have to put in a code. Every. Single. Time.)

    Me: *in the front of the store filling orders*

    Crew Member #1: “PROMO!”

    Me: *runs to opposite end of the store to take it off*

    Me: *goes back up front to correct a customer complaint*

    Crew Member #1: “PROMO!”

    Me: *knows line can’t move until I take it off, but I can’t leave the customer*

    Me: *finally takes off the coupon in drive-thru*

    Crew Member #2: “I need a promo!”

    Me: *runs back to the front of the store*

    (The phone rings. It’s a customer inquiry.)

    Crew Member #1: “PROMO, PLEASE! AND I NEED A DISCOUNT!”

    Crew Member #2: “Can I get a promo?”

    (I talked on the phone while bagging orders while promo-ing off the front order, then ran to the back, still picking up the food items I needed on the way, promo-ing that off while still answering a customer’s question while having the headset on to make sure my drive-thru people are taking the correct orders. Needless to say, I left the coupon button on automatic for the rest of the day. Coupons are a lot more work than you think. F*** that s***!)

    A Lack Of Branding Understanding

    | CT, USA | Crazy Requests, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (I’ve just finished ringing up a whole shopping cart’s worth of groceries for a customer. As usual, I tell her the total and ask if she has any coupons. She hands me a stack of over 20 of them. When the first one doesn’t scan as valid, I start checking her bags to see why the system isn’t recognizing the coupon.)

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I don’t see the [Yogurt Brand #1] yogurt that’s here on this coupon. You only bought the [Yogurt Brand #2]. Is that right?”

    Customer: “Yes, that’s right.”

    Me: “Okay, because the coupon is only valid for [Yogurt #1]. Sorry.” *handing it back to her*

    Customer: “Yeah, I know, but I don’t like [Yogurt #1]. I like [Yogurt #2].”

    Me: “Well, then unfortunately, you won’t be able to use this coupon. Sorry.” *still trying to hand it back to her*

    Customer: “Excuse me? Why the h*** not?”

    Me: “Umm… well, because you can’t apply one company’s coupon to another company’s product.”

    Customer: “But yogurt is yogurt. Why do you care which one I buy?”

    Me: “I don’t, but the [Yogurt #1] company won’t reimburse the store for a discount on [Yogurt #2]‘s goods. It’s only for that one specific brand, not for yogurt in general.”

    Customer: “But I don’t like [Yogurt #1] and I shouldn’t have to pay more just to get the [Yogurt #2] that I like. Just apply the damn coupon already and stop trying to be a coupon Nazi!”

    (At this point, I give up and call over the front-end supervisor. I explain the situation and he takes a look at the coupon. He tells her the same thing I did and she starts throwing a hissy fit about not liking Yogurt #1.)

    Supervisor: “Okay, ma’am, please stay calm. It’s only 60 cents, so I’ll apply the discount manually, but please remember next time to either purchase the brand of yogurt on the coupon or just buy the brand you like without a coupon.”

    Customer: “Finally! Was that so hard?!”

    (The supervisor walks away and I start scanning the rest of her coupons. The very next one gives me the same error. A chill goes down my spine, dreading the answer to my next question.)

    Me: “Ma’am, did you buy [Cereal Brand #1]? I only see [Cereal Brand #2] on your receipt.”

    Customer: “But I don’t like [Cereal #2], so give me the discount on [Cereal #1] instead.”

    (Silently appalled, I glare down at the half-inch-thick stack of coupons she gave me.)

    Me: “Do… do ANY of these coupons match the brand you bought, ma’am?”

    Customer: “I doubt it. I hate those mainstream brands of food. Too many preservatives and glutens. But who cares what I buy? Stop being a coupon Nazi!”

    (I call over the supervisor again. He refuses to give any more discounts on her unmatched coupons and hands the stack back to her. Out of nowhere, she smacks his hand away, making the coupons fly all over the floor.)

    Customer: “Well, fine. Then f*** you and f*** your store and f*** all you stupid f****** coupon Nazis! Nazis, Nazis, Nazis!”

    (She storms away and out the door, leaving her groceries. Everyone at the registers watches her through the windows barking ‘Nazis!’ at every person she passes in the parking lot. Meanwhile, the next customer is picking up the coupons that the woman scattered on the floor in front of him. He hands them to me in two stacks.)

    Customer #2: “Here you go. You can take the small pile and put them somewhere. But the bigger pile is stuff I actually have in my cart to buy today, so I’ll be using those coupons.” *faces out the window* “Thank you, crazy coupon lady!”

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