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    | NB, Canada | Criminal/Illegal, Theme Of The Month, Transportation

    (A customer comes in to return their truck rental.)

    Me: “Since you’re two hours over time, you’re going to have to pay for another day.”

    Customer: “Well if you’re going to charge me for it, I want that truck back so I can move some things.”

    Manager: “I’m sorry, sir, but we’ve closed the contract. You would have to start to start a new one.”

    Customer: “That’s ridiculous; just give me the truck.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, sir; you have to start a new contract.”

    (The customer turns and starts to walk around the counter. I grab the keys from the wall and put them behind my back.)

    Customer: “Gimme those keys!”

    (He rushes forward and attempts to tackle me, hitting into me with his shoulder. My manager is on the phone right away. We struggle for a bit, but he finally gets his hand on the key tag and pulls it free from my hand. The key itself cuts my palm pretty bad. He starts stomping out of the building as my manager yells to him.)

    Manager: “If you walk out that door, I’m charging you with grand theft auto.”

    (The guy stops and huffs, then drops the keys and walks outside. My coworker pulls me up, and we wait for the police to arrive. When the police arrive one of them greets the customer with a huge smile and a hand shake; it seems he knows him quite well. The two police officers and the man talk for a while and finally they come over to talk to me.)

    Police Officer: “If you want to press charges, it’s not going to be easy. He wasn’t trying to hurt you; he was just trying to get the keys. We can’t really report this as an assault. If he shakes your hand and apologizes, will you agree not to press charges?”

    (I nod agreement.)

    Customer: “Oh, hey, sorry I tripped and fell on you there. I wasn’t trying to hurt you; I was just trying to get the keys.”

    (I can now say that he was the worst customer I’ve ever had. When someone gets mad at me, or swears at me at work, I just laugh. Nothing they can say can be worse than what that customer did to me. I now keep a heavy, blunt object on hand at the counter, just in case.)