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    Discount Their Math Skills

    | Dayton, OH, USA | At The Checkout, Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

    (My store is having a sale for 20-40% off. A customer comes in with a return, and she wants to purchase some more items as well. I try to run it as an exchange, knowing this will actually save her money.)

    Me: “Okay, after your store credit, you only owe $10.61.”

    Customer: “Wait, what are you doing? I wanted 30% off!”

    Me: “I realize that, ma’am, but actually, if you run this return as an exchange, you will actually pay less money than with the 30% off.”

    Customer: “No! I wanted my 30% off! Just let me return this and get my 30% off!”

    Me: “Okay, I can do that.”

    (I do the return and then ring up her purchases.)

    Customer: “Okay, your total with 30% off is $32.54.”

    Customer: “There! That’s better!”

    The Price Of Dishonesty

    | PA, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Criminal/Illegal, Money

    (Our store is running a sale on certain cereals. I had just finished ringing up a customer who purchased some, and have told her the total.)

    Customer: “Wait, that can’t be right. The cereal is two for $4!”

    (After double checking the register, I look inside the flier.)

    Me: “Oh, sorry. These boxes are 18 ounces, and the sale’s only for the 13 ounce boxes.”

    Customer: “No it isn’t! They’re the same price over there.”

    (The different sizes having the same price was news to me, so I follow her over to the aisle to find that while only one was on sale, both had the same price.)

    Customer: “See? This is just dishonest!”

    Me: “Well… that seems strange, but only the smaller one is on sale.”

    Customer: “I can’t believe you’re doing something this dishonest! I’m reporting this!”

    (She takes out her cell phone and begins taking a picture of the price tags.)

    Me: “Giving them the same price seems weird, but how is it dishonest?”

    Customer: “Because they have the same price! What’s the difference between these two?!”

    Me: *confused* “This one’s five ounces larger, but not on sale?”

    Customer: “Forget it, I don’t want them anymore.”

    (We return to the counter, where a line has started to form.)

    Me: “All right, then. That will be [total].”

    Customer: “That’s still not right! This item is supposed to be a dollar!”

    (She marches back to the shelf and shortly returns.)

    Customer: “Never mind, it was the item next to that one that was on clearance.”

    (I needed manager approval for all the voided items, so I handed her money back while I started handling the other customers. When we later closed the register, we found it was short by the exact amount she owed. Apparently, she made the manager think I’d held on to her money. For how much she talked about dishonesty…)

    Can’t Compete With Common Sense

    | PA, USA | Crazy Requests, Money

    (My supervisor is filling in for a cashier. A customer checking out hands him a coupon from one of our competitor stores. Corporate has recently told us we can only match it if we have a similar coupon running, which we don’t for this one.)

    Customer: “You ALWAYS take competitor coupons!”

    Supervisor: “Unfortunately, sir, we can’t honor this one.”

    Customer: “Well, what’s stopping me from taking this coupon and buying this same item from THEIR store?”

    Supervisor: “What a novel idea.”

    (The customer walked out without another word.)

    Made An A** Out Of Just You

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Extra Stupid, Money

    (I work in a call centre quality assurance and I listen to the following call about a nationwide mail-in rebate campaign:)

    Irate Customer: “You guys told me I’d get a gift card for gas, and what I’m getting in mail today is some stupid rebate voucher that I have to mail back to you to get my money!”

    Agent: “I apologize, sir. This is an unusual instance of misinformation. Are you sure the agent you talked to before spoke about a gift card? Or about a rebate voucher?”

    Customer: “She talked about a voucher!”

    Agent: “Oh, so, you did know this was a voucher, not a gift card?”

    Customer: “Well, she did say a voucher, but I ASSUMED it was a gift card!”

    Acting Like It’s The End Of The World

    | Cornelius, OR, USA | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Money

    Me: “Hi! How are you today?”

    Customer: “Three days ago the yarn was $1 and now it’s $3.”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am.”

    Customer: “Why isn’t it $1?”

    Me: “Because it was on sale, but the sale ended yesterday.”

    Customer: *annoyed, hands on her hips* “Why did it do that?!”

    (I start laughing until I realize she’s dead serious. I quickly stop and look at her blankly.)

    Me: “Um… because that’s what sales do. They… end.”

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