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    Setting Back But Moving Forward

    | Sacramento, CA, USA | Awesome Customers, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (I work in a watch repair shop and one of the services we perform is re-setting a customer’s watch when the time changes, which we do for free. Some digital watches are difficult to set the time on. An older man with an Irish accent comes up to my counter.)

    Customer: “Pardon me, could you set my watch for me? I can’t figure out how to set it back an hour.”

    Me: *smiling* “No problem. These things can be pretty tricky to set.”

    (I proceed to set his digital watch to the correct time in about a minute and hand it back to him.)

    Me: “Here you go, sir.”

    Customer: “You did that fast! What do I owe you?”

    Me: “Oh, there’s no charge for that.”

    Customer: “Really? No, I can’t go away without giving you something.”

    (He proceeds to pull a $5 bill out of his wallet and hand it to me.)

    Me: “Really, sir, you don’t have to do that, and there’s no charge. It was my pleasure.”

    Customer: “Well, you’ve been so nice and did that so fast, stop by the pub on your way home and have yourself a drink! You deserve it!”

    (He waves as he walks away. And yes, I did have that drink!)

    Full Of Holiday Sneer

    | Washington, DC, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (I am a customer at a convenience store buying coffee. Since the holidays are very near, I want to do something nice. There is an older gentleman behind me, about 65 years old, with two cups of coffee.)

    Me: *to the cashier* “I’ll pay for his, too.”

    Cashier: *smiles* “Okay, that’ll be $[price].”

    (I pay, and then the man walks up to pay.)

    Cashier: “It was taken care of, sir.”

    Man: “No, no, no, why? Here, I need to pay for this.”

    Me: “I got it for you. Happy holidays!”

    Man: *scowls* “Who do you think you are, some kind of good Samaritan? I can buy my own coffee.”

    Me: “…I guess I was only trying to be nice…”

    Man: “Well, I don’t want it!”

    Her Attitude Is Right On The Money

    | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | Awesome Customers, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (It is late at night. A young (early twenties) female in pyjamas and her husband approach the service desk. My coworker and I have had a horrible shift.)

    Coworker: *depressed* “Hi, how can I help?”

    Girl: “Oh, um hi. My husband and I just found this in your produce section and wanted to turn this in.” *produces $20 bill*

    Coworker: “Sorry, what?”

    Girl: “Oh, I just know I’d feel terrible if I lost money. And it might belong to someone who really needs it.”

    Coworker: “You found this money and you want to turn it in?”

    Girl: *grins and nods*

    (My coworker calls me to bring the incident book over.)

    Coworker: “You know, I’ve worked here for fifteen years and not once has anyone handed money over! Especially just a bill, not in a wallet or anything! You’ve made my night, young lady!”

    (The girl is visibly beaming at this stage. We take her details and explain our policy states that if its not claimed in 30 days, we’ll contact her and she can have it. Sure enough, on the exact thirtieth day, my coworker rings the girl to tell her it’s hers. We still talk about the generous and honest young girl when we are having bad days!)

    Put Your Money Where Your Obnoxious Mouth Is

    | ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Money

    (I get in line to purchase some iTunes cards. In front of me is a customer in his late 50s telling his life story to an annoyed looking cashier; he’s bragging about his business and complaining about cellphones.)

    Customer: *to cashier* “…and I run a business, not a charity, right!?”

    Cashier: “Yes, sir. That’ll be—”

    Customer: *spots me and my iTunes cards* “Wow, you sure have a handful of cards! What are they?”

    Me: “iTunes cards, sir.”

    Customer: “What are they for?”

    Me: “To buy music and things for my iPad.”

    Customer: “iPad?”

    Me: “Uh, yes, sir. It’s a kind of—”

    Customer: “I know what an iPad is! I have one! You can’t listen to music on an iPad, now can you! That’s an iPod!”

    Me: “Actually, sir, there is a place where you can download the music, and an icon to click on where they are stored.”

    (The customer goes back to talking about how his business is not a charity while the cashier tries to hurry him up.)

    Cashier: “That’ll be $5.02.”

    Customer: *takes $5 bill out of his wallet* “Oh, looks like I’ll need to bum some pennies off of someone, don’t wanna run back out to the truck.” *he turns to me* “Do you have some pennies?”

    Me: “Yes, sir, but were you not just saying that you weren’t a charity? Nor am I.” *hands pennies to cashier*

    (The customer doesn’t thank me and leaves.)

    Cashier: “I f***ing hate that guy!”

    Me: “Oh?”

    Cashier: “He always acts like a superior a** and always bums money off people. And I know that family; he is absolutely loaded!”

    Me: “I guess that’s how he stays that way.”

    Taking Nothing From The Experience

    | Detroit, MI, USA | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Money

    (A customer calls with a very simple request, but because her tablet is out of warranty, so I have to charge her for service.)

    Me: “Ma’am, the credit card servers have gone down, so I’m still happy to assist you, no charge. Go ahead and click the button on the side of your device and your problem should be solved.”

    Caller: *after clicking the button* “It’s fixed! That was easy. Would you be able to reverse the charge?”

    Me: “I was unable to complete the transaction, so there will be no charge.”

    Caller: “That’s great, honey, but could you reverse the charges?”

    Me: “Ma’am, I never charged you. Your credit card will not be charged.”

    Caller: “Sweetheart, I don’t think you understand: I’m not asking you if you charged me, I’m asking you to please reverse the charges.”

    Me: “So you want me to give you back the money that I didn’t take from you?”

    Caller: “Yes!”

    Me: “Sure thing! Have a great day!”

    Caller: “Thanks, darling! You too!”

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