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    Paying A Hire Price

    | Vancouver, BC, Canada | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Money, Top

    (I’m purchasing something from my workplace, and they happen to give very generous discounts to employees.)

    Manager: “Alright kiddo, that’ll be $5.59.”

    (I pay for my item. The next customer in line happens to be purchasing the same item.)

    Manager: “That’ll be $22.39, please.”

    Customer: “What!? That guy only paid five bucks for his! Why do I have to pay over $20?”

    Manager: “Sir, he works here. He gets an employee discount.”

    Customer: “Well, I’m not paying this price! I want to pay what he paid! This is a complete rip-off!”

    Manager: “Alright, when can you start?”

    Customer: “What?”

    Manager: “The discount is for employees only. When can you start? I think I can arrange an interview for you next week.”

    Customer: “Why the h*** would I want to work here? I already have a well-paying job! I don’t want to deal with any stupid customers!”

    Manager: “And that’s why he gets a discount, and you don’t!”

    Being Franc About The Dollar

    | France | Geography, Money, Tourists/Travel

    (It is when the French Franc is still in use. I get called by a cashier who has a problem with American tourists.)

    Tourist: “This woman won’t accept our money!”

    (The tourist is waving about a wad of US dollars.)

    Me: “Well, she can’t, sir, since you’re trying to pay in US dollars.”

    Customer: “So?”

    Me: “Well, you’re in France. We only accept French Francs.”

    Customer: “I don’t understand! All the other third world countries we’ve been to accept dollars.”

    Me: “France isn’t a third world country.”

    Customer: “…”

    Me: “There’s a bank right down the street. We’ll hold on to your items until you come back with Francs. Or you can pay with a visa card.”

    Customer: “No, we’re not coming back; you’re not getting our dollars!”

    Not Very Good At Checking His Account

    | MT, USAUSA | Extra Stupid, Money

    (I work for a bank call center.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling [bank]. How may I help you today?”

    Customer: “Yea, I tried to f****** withdraw my paycheck out of the ATM, and it won’t let me! You people are crooks! Get me my d*** money!”

    (I look into his account and see that the customer has both a checking and a savings. I look at the history of the card, and notice that the savings has about $5, and the checking has about $300. In the card history, I see that he’s been trying to withdraw using the savings account.)

    Me: “Sir, I noticed that you have two accounts linked to your debit card. It looks like the savings account was selected at the ATM as the account to withdraw from; are you near an ATM?”

    Customer: “Did you f****** fix it yet?! You d*** thieves!”

    Me: “Sir, I understand your frustration. If you’re near an ATM, I would be happy to hold on while you try it again. This time, when it asks what account to withdraw from, you need to choose checking rather then savings.”

    Customer: “It can’t be that easy! I’m not that stupid!”

    Me: “I didn’t say you were stupid; I’m only trying to help. Now please humor me, and try it again if you can.”

    (I can hear the customer cursing under his breath about me. I can see on my screen that he makes the withdrawal out of the checking account this time. He then comes back onto the line.)

    Customer: “Oh, I guess it was that easy. You people should make it more clearer next time!”

    Paying it Forward Credits Everyone

    | NC, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Food & Drink, Money, Top

    (My school’s residence hall is going on a fast-food run. My friend is really hungry, but has no money to go, so I give him all my cash to pay for it, as I intend to pay by debit. Most of the group goes to one specific fast-food place, but I am dropped off first to pick up some Taco Bell.)

    Cashier: “Cash only.”

    Me: “Excuse me?”

    Cashier: “I’m sorry, but the card machine is broken. We can only take cash at this time.”

    (I turn around to see the bus driving off to the other fast-food place.)

    Me: “Darn, I was really craving Taco Bell recently. Guess I’ll wait for the bus to get back.”

    (The only other customer walks up to me.)

    Customer: “Don’t worry. I’ll pay for you.”

    Me: “No, it’s fine; I’ll get picked up and go somewhere else.”

    Customer: “No, it’s fine; I’m paying for you. End of story.”

    (Without hesitating, she pulls out her pocketbook, and pays as I order. When I see my friend, I tell him the story, and tell him he doesn’t owe me a penny.)

    It’s A Bad Sign When They Have A Bad Sign

    | VT, USA | Crazy Requests, Money

    (I work at a large department store where there’s one sale a week on average. Because the sale prices are usually the same, our signing team leaves old signs behind the current ones so they don’t have to reprint every sign every time our prices change. Most customers don’t even think to look behind the visible sign, and those who do understand that the price they can see is the current price. A customer brings up a piece of one of our top brands of luggage, and a sign taken out of the sign holder.)

    Customer: “Hi, this sign was behind a sign that said they were full price, but the dates include today. Can I get it for half off?”

    (I look at the bottom of the sign, and see that in light gray print over white says ’121912 12513′.)

    Me: “Those are just identification numbers, but let me check the price for you.”

    (I bring the suitcase to a register and scan it. Just as the sign in front says, it rings up full price.)

    Me: “The sign is up for the sale that starts next week.”

    Customer: “So I can get it half off, right?”

    Me: “Unfortunately not, ma’am.”

    Customer: “But the sign says it’s half off.”

    Me: “You said this was behind a sign that gave the full price, right?”

    Customer: “Yes.”

    Manager: “So let me get this right: you pulled apart one of our signs, found one that isn’t current, and want that price?”

    Customer: “Yes! That’s what the sign says!”

    Me: “We can hold it for you until the sale starts.”

    Customer: “No! I have to take it to Atlanta tomorrow! I want the price the sign says! Can’t you just give it to me early?”

    Me: “If I did that, I could get fired.”

    Customer: “So…?”

    Me: “It’s full price.”

    (The customer leaves, muttering about false advertising.)

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