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    It’s Going To Be A Hooray Kind Of Day

    | Columbus, OH, USA | Family & Kids, Theme Of The Month, Tourists/Travel

    (I volunteer regularly at a big science museum in Columbus, which has everything divided up into different ‘worlds.’ The world I work in is set up as ruins on a mysterious island, where you have to go around solving puzzles in order to ‘wake up’ statues and eventually enter the main tower. It’s a slow morning and the only guests are a mother and her kids, one about six months and the other about three.)

    Mother: “What do you see when you wake up, [son]?”

    Son: “Umm…”

    Mother: “If you stand there and look straight up, what do you see?”

    Son: *looks around, then down at his shoes* “Umm…”

    Me: *cheerfully* “Up at the sky!”

    (I raise my hands up and wave them around a little, trying to encourage him to look up. Eventually he does and his face lights up.)

    Son: “A snake!”

    Mother: “Hooray!”

    Me: “Hooray!”

    Son: “Hooray for me!”

    (They proceed around the rest of the area with the mother gently directing her toddler through each puzzle. I’m meant to stay in my assigned area, but every once in a while I hear a little voice pipe up with ‘hooray for me!’)

    Face Value

    | FL, USA | Family & Kids, Money, Theme Of The Month, Tourists/Travel

    (The face paint we use at the theme park is water-based, and I have to put it away during one of our seasonal storms. I am currently drying off my station so that I can get back to painting faces.)

    Customer: “Hi, my daughter would like a face paint.”

    Me: “Certainly! Go ahead and pick your paint from the book, and I should be all set up by the time you decide.”

    Customer: “Sounds great!”

    (The customer and her daughter bypass the book and just look at our back wall display instead. The customer sets up all of her stuff right next to our price sign and display, showing the credit cards we accept. I overhear them making their decision.)

    Me: “I’m ready whenever you are! I think I heard somebody wanting a Unicorn Mask?”

    Customer’s Daughter: “Yeah!”

    Customer: “It’s a bit too much…”

    Customer’s Daughter: “But mooooommm!”

    Me: “I can scale it back to a lower-priced version that I think you would both be happy with.”

    Customer: “I think that could work.”

    (I proceed to make the custom face paint, and add all the little touches that they ask for as I go along. When I finish I show, the customer and her daughter are happy with it.)

    Me: “Okay, your total is [total].”

    Customer: “What? You have to pay?!”

    (I point to the credit card and price sign that she’s been standing next to the entire time.)

    Customer: “Geez, no wonder you were so accommodating!”

    (She throws the money at me and storms away in a huff, complaining about having to pay for a face paint.)

    Tourists & Travelers Themed Giveaway Roundup

    | Not Always Right | Roundups, Theme Of The Month, Tourists/Travel

    Tourists & Travelers Themed Giveaway Roundup! Here’s a final roundup of stories from last month’s themed giveaway!

    1. Canada: America’s Hat, Part 7 (1,245 thumbs up)
    2. Yukon Freeze It, Part 3 (1,115 thumbs up)
    3. No Vocation For Location, Part 7 (1,029 thumbs up)
    4. Having A Light Bulb Moment, Part 3 (843 thumbs up)
    5. Dumb By Any Metric, Part 2 (1,150 thumbs up)
    6. Ye Olde Fool (1,498 thumbs up)
    7. Waiting For That Light Bulb Moment That Never Comes (1,174 thumbs up)
    8. No ID, No Idea, Part 12 (1,000 thumbs up)
    9. A Large Intelligence Gulf (Of Mexico) (1,170 thumbs up)
    10. Loonie Over A Toonie, Part 3 (802 thumbs up)

    PS #1: check out our Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news galore!

    PS #2: Read more roundups here!

    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 7

    | Québec City, QC, Canada | Canada, Money, Theme Of The Month, Tourists/Travel

    (I work in a café in the old city in Québec, which is a very popular tourist destination. A couple approaches the counter.)

    Me: “Bonjour, hello.”

    Customer: “Hello! You take American money, right?”

    Me: “Ooh, I’m afraid not. Would you like to pay with a card? We take debit and credit.”

    Customer: “Why don’t you take American dollars?”

    Me: “Because this isn’t the United States.”

    Customer: “What are you talking about?!”

    Me: “Canada is a different country. May I ask where you’re visiting from?”

    Customer: “New Zealand.”

    Me: “Right, I thought I recognized the accent. Would you take it kindly if I came to your city and tried to use Australian dollars?”

    Customer: “NO!”

    Me: “Well, it’s the same deal here. Now would you like to pay with a card?”

    Customer: “CANADA IS PART OF THE UNITED STATES; YOU’RE ALL JUST IN DENIAL!”

    Related:
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 6
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 5
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 4
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 3
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 2
    Canada: America’s Hat

    Yukon Freeze It, Part 3

    | Niagara, ON, Canada | Canada, Theme Of The Month, Tourists/Travel

    (I’m about 10 years old. I’m coming out of a store, when a very obvious tourist couple confronts me. They have a kayak strapped to the top of their truck, and some skidoos trailered to the back. It’s summer.)

    Tourist: “You! You can you help me!”

    Me: “Umm, okay. What’s wrong?”

    Tourist: “Where can I go ice fishing?”

    Me: “A lot of places, but it’s way too warm for that right now.”

    Tourist: “We’re in Canada, correct?”

    Me: “Yeah, but it’s summer time. Maybe if you were much further north you’d find ice.”

    Tourist: “I drove up from the south; this is north.”

    Me: “Umm, well you could take your kayak out to Lake Ontario to go regular fishing, but not ice fishing.”

    (The tourist’s wife, with selective hearing issues, chimes in.)

    Tourist’s Wife: “We can go ice fishing?!”

    Me: *gives up* “Sure, just go down Lake Street, and you’ll find the lake.”

    Tourist’s Wife: “Honey look, they name their streets after the places they go to! How cute!”

    (I watch them drive off in the opposite direction.)

    Related:
    Yukon Freeze It, Part 2
    Yukon Freeze It

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