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Weekly Roundup: Bad Behavior

Not Always Right | Bad Behavior, Roundups

Bad Behavior! This week, we feature five stories about customers behaving badly. Got similar stories of your own? Enter our related January Themed Giveaway: Bad Behavior!

  1. When Toxic Personalities Become Intoxicated (2,889 thumbs up)
    A drunk college student learns not to (right) cross a soldier’s girlfriend!
  2. They Crossed A Line (1,278 thumbs up)
    A Black Friday line cutter gets an attit-queue-de when told to go to the back of the line.
  3. Branding Is All Smoke & Mirrors (1,368 thumbs up)
    We employees can handle things being thrown at us, but nice customers make us tear up every time!
  4. Crying Over Spoiled Milk (1,907 thumbs up)
    This husband ordering coffee can’t ‘espresso’ himself–but his wife knows he’s ‘short’ a few brain cells.
  5. Kids Will Send Any Parent To The Funny Pharm (1,273 thumbs up)
    A pharmacist overhears several screaming good reasons why a customer needs birth control!

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Not So Sweet On Sugar Or Honey

| IL, USA | Bigotry, Language & Words

(I was born and raised in the country, and my area uses terms such as ‘honey’, ‘sweetie,’ and ‘dear’ to speak to everyone, including strangers. It’s just how I talk. I am taking care of a customer in the coffee shop.)

Me: “Hey, sugar, how can I help you today?”

Customer: “I don’t want sugar.”

Me: *chuckling* “Sorry, honey, I didn’t mean that. How can I help you?”

Customer: “Excuse me?”

Me: “Umm… how can I help you?”

(The customer places her order, but seems very agitated. I turn on my sweetest smile and small talk.)

Customer: “Look, can I just get my d*** coffee, please?”

Me: “Sure, coming right up, babe!”

Customer: “Are you a lesbian?”

Me: “Um… no?”

Customer: “Then why were you just hitting on me?”

Me: “I’m sorry?”

Customer: “Why did you just call me babe and try to ask me out?”

Me: *chuckling* “Oh, I’m sorry, that’s just how I talk. I don’t mean anything by it; I was raised in a family that uses terms of endearment in everyday conversation.”

Customer: “Oh, so you’re a hillbilly?”

Me: “Um, kind of, yeah… I’m from the country.”

Customer: “Well, that explains so much!”

Me: *a little hurt, but still smiling* “I’m sorry if you took offense; I didn’t mean anything by it. Just trying to be friendly.”

Customer: “I don’t need you to be friendly, I am certainly not your friend, thank you very much. I need you to do your d*** job. Don’t call people ‘sweetie’ or ‘honey’. Only idiots do that, and it’s really f***ing rude.”

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry, ma’am. I didn’t realize that it was. No one has ever said that to me before.”

Customer: “Ugh, don’t call me ‘ma’am,’ either. What do I look like, some old lady?”

Me: “I’m sorry, miss, I didn’t mean anything by it.”

Customer: “Oh my god, did you go to some idiot academy or something? Do you not see the ring on my finger?” *proceeds to flash her ring*

Me: “Well, what do you want me to call you?”

Customer: “My d*** name! Is that so f***ing hard?”

Me: “How would I know your name? I’ve never met you before, and you never told me.”

Customer: “Well, you should’ve asked! So rude and dumb! There’s just no respect for people anymore!” *stalks away*

(She leaves me standing there, dumbfounded and upset. Later, I asked my boss if I’d get in trouble. Thankfully, my boss told me she’d have a few choice names to call that lady the next time she came in!)

You Spin My Head Right Round

| Appleton, WI, USA | Extra Stupid

(I work at a cellphone store in the mall, but am standing outside to greet visitors. A random patron approaches me.)

Patron: “Excuse me, do you know where [cellphone store] is?”

Me: “Turn around.”

(The customer turns around, but in a 360 degree circle.)

Patron: *frustrated* “How did that help?!”

Me: “Wow.”

The Mad Hatter

| Fort Worth, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bizarre

(A customer sees me unpacking about 100 hats while he’s looking at the 150 or more already on display.)

Customer: “You got any 7 1/4’s in there?”

Me: “I don’t know yet. I’m just unpacking them and I won’t know the price until I do some research.”

Customer: “But do you have any 7 1/4’s?”

Me: “I don’t know yet.”

Customer: “Look and see if you have any 7 1/4’s.”

(Note that I’ve got over 100 hats I’m trying to unpack and stack so they won’t fall over.)

Me: “I’ll have them all unpacked and sorted in size order in a few minutes. Just bear with me.”

Customer: “I just want 7 1/4’s.”

Me: “Okay, I’ll be finished in a few minutes and let you know what I’ve got in that size.”

Customer: “How many do you have?”

Me: “I don’t know yet; I don’t have them unpacked.”

(He wanders around the store for about a minute and comes back.)

Customer: “Have you found the 7 1/4’s?”

Me: “Not yet; give me a few minutes.”

Customer: “I gave you a few minutes and you’re not done yet.”

Me: “I’m going as fast as I can. I’ll let you know when I’m finished.”

(I finally get them all sorted and only have about five 7 1/4’s.)

Me: “I’m finished, and these are the 7 1/4’s.”

(He tries one on and he doesn’t need a 7 1/4; he needs a 7. I find him a few in his size, and after he tries on one, he walks away.)

Me: *stopping him* “I have a few more in his size.”

Customer: *continues to walk away* “Oh, I don’t want to buy one. I just wanted to see what I looked like in a hat!”

Idiot’s Combo

| VA, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science

(I work in a hospital cafeteria as a cashier. We have different combos for our grill for stuff like burger and fries, or sandwich and soup. The examples are merely suggestions, and don’t vary in price depending on your combination. Two middle-aged women come up with their items.)

Me: “Hi, how are you all doing today?”

(Customers #1 and #2 don’t say anything.)

Me: “Okay, I see you have 2 grilled cheese, a soup, fries, and 2 drinks.”

(I hit the combo button twice to keep them moving.)

Customer #1: “Hey! What did you do there?”

Me: “…I put in your orders?”

Customer #1: “You put two combos, but I don’t have two combos!”

Me: “Well, ma’am, you have two grill items and two side items.”

Customer #1: “I know what I have! I don’t have the soup, so it’s not a combo! You’re trying to make me pay more!”

Me: “Ma’am, it’s actually cheaper if you—”

Customer #1: “It says right there,” *she reads slowly* “Sandwiches… and… soup… combo. It’s not a combo and you put it in as a combo!”

Customer #2: “Yeah! I saw you do it right here!”

Me: “Alright, I’m sorry about that.”

(I change it, making the total go from about $6 to $8.)

Customer #1: “That’s better!”

(We exchange money, and they both leave, when a doctor comes up next.)

Doctor: “Could you imagine if we made combos for healthcare? They’d go broke from taking care of a cold!”

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