Close, But No Cigar

| Reno, NV, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Language & Words

(I work at the front counter of a chain store, and am responsible for all tobacco sales during my shift. A customer comes up to the counter and waves a $20 bill at me.)

Customer: “[Brand].”

Me: “Sure. What kind?”

Customer: “[Brand]!”

Me: “Sir, I have a lot of different kinds of [Brand]. Which one do you want?”

Customer: *getting annoyed* “[Brand]!”

Me: “Short or long?”

(There is a long pause.)

Me: “Sir?”

Customer: “[Brand]!”

(I point at the cigarettes at the top left corner and slowly slide my finger along the 12-foot display. I repeat this for every shelf until the customer finally speaks.)

Customer: *excitedly* “Finally! [Brand]!”

(I ring up his cigarettes and the customer leaves.)

Manager: “Does he even speak English?”

Me: “He did yesterday!”