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    Went To The Wrong Joint, Part 2

    | CA, USA | Health & Body, Pets & Animals

    (Our clinic has an animal hotel which backs out onto the alley behind. The back entrance is for employees and for taking dogs out for walks, and so only has a small sign to indicate it is an animal clinic. It is otherwise an anonymous-looking building, in an alleyway that looks like several others behind our neighboring strip malls. One such alleyway contains a medical marijuana clinic. It is 8 am on a Sunday. A stranger in his early twenties approaches me as I am taking a dog out for his morning business. I am in my scrubs, and so on the street I am sometimes mistaken for a nurse.)

    Stranger: “Hey, you work here?”

    Me: “Yep, I’m new.”

    Stranger: “Okay, cool. They let you bring your dog to work with you?”

    Me: “No, this is one of our boarders. Can I help you with something?”

    Stranger: “They shouldn’t let you keep dogs in there! What if they ate your stock?”

    Me: “I assure you, the pharmacy is kept well away from them. Did you need something?”

    Stranger: “Yeah, just a dime.”

    Me: *blankly* “I don’t have my wallet with me, I’m sorry.”

    Stranger: *also blankly* “No, I mean… could you let me into the building so I can get it?”

    Me: *thinking he is joking, I laugh* “The clinic is technically closed, sorry. Besides, I don’t think I want you going through my stuff!”

    Stranger: “I don’t get it! My friends said you guys are super helpful! I just want to buy a dime!”

    (At this point, I finally putting the pieces together.)

    Me: “Ah, actually… we aren’t that kind of clinic. That one is the next alley up, but I’m pretty sure they’re closed at this time of day. We’re an animal clinic.”

    Stranger: “S***! Sorry to bother you!”

    (The stranger starts to leave in the direction he came from, but then turns around and goes the way I pointed and laughs.)

    Stranger: “Yeah… I might be a little high.”

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    Smells Like Teen Illiteracy

    | Medford, MA, USA | Musical Mayhem

    Customer: “Do you have anything from Nirvana?”

    Me: “Sure, right this way. Here is a book about Kurt Kobain, and over here is a copy of his diary.”

    Customer: “No, the music.”

    Me: “Oh, did you want the book about the band and the grunge scene?”

    Customer: “No, the music.”

    (The customer holds up his hands to his ears, miming headphones.)

    Me: “I’m sorry, are you looking for the music on CD?”

    Customer: “Yeah, a CD.”

    Me: “Oh, sorry. We don’t sell that here. Maybe you could try the music store on the other side of the mall?”

    Customer: “What? You’re out of the CD?”

    Me: “No, we don’t sell CDs at all. Just the—”

    Customer: “Why the h*** not?”

    Me: “Ah, because this is a bookstore?”

    Customer: *looks up and around for the first time* “Huh! What a stupid store!” *walks out*

    Time For Giving And Receiving, Part 2

    | Robeline, LA, USA | Awesome Customers, Holidays, Theme Of The Month

    (My coworker, who has just gotten off shift, is leaning against the counter talking to me when an older gentleman walks in.)

    Me: *smiling* “Good evening and Merry Christmas!”

    Customer: *frowning* “Why are you here? It’s Christmas!”

    Coworker: *smiling* “Well, we don’t close for Christmas. She’s closing up shop, but I’ve just gotten off and am about to go home.”

    Customer: *suddenly grinning* “Wait right here!” *turns on his heel and goes out the door*

    Coworker: “…Okay, what was that?”

    Me: “I have no idea!”

    (The customer returns and gives my coworker a $20 bill then lays one on the counter in front of me.)

    Customer: “Merry Christmas, ladies, and a Happy New Year too!”

    (We both stare after him as he walks out, gets into his SUV and leaves. We then look at each other.)

    Coworker: “Wow, that’s the nicest thing anyone’s done all day!”

    Me: “Well, this is the season for miracles, isn’t it?”

    (I still have no idea who that man was!)

    On Period?

    Waxing Lyrical About Christmas Kindness

    | OH, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Holidays, Theme Of The Month

    (Several customers are purchasing wax cubes. You’re supposed to melt them in a wax burner, but I can’t help but sniff them while I’m ringing them out. I didn’t want to stop smelling one in particular. However, after seeing one of the customers looking at me funny, I quickly close it and put it with the others in the bag.)

    Customer #1: “If you like those so much, you should buy some!”

    Me: “Oh, I don’t have a wax burner.”

    Customer #2: “You should get one! They smell really good when they’re melted, too!”

    Me: “I’m a college student. I don’t have money!”

    (The customers leave, only to later come back back through my line. They’re purchasing another lip balm and wax burner along with candy cane-scented wax. They start to walk away with just their lip balms and don’t grab their other items.)

    Me: “Hey, wait, you forgot your bag!”

    Customer #1: “That’s for you. Merry Christmas. You deserve it for trying to do something with your life!”

    (I was nearly in tears for the rest of the evening! Thank you, kind customer!)


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