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Throwing Himself Towards The Ground(ing)

| HI, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I am talking to a mom about a purchase for her son.)

Me: “Oh, and he’s getting the [Brand] set today?”

Mom: “Yeah, but we’re not sure he’s really mature enough. He’s five and—”

Son: “MOM! LOOK AT ME MOM! MOM! MOM!”

(We both turn to find her son perched above of a bin of LEGO blocks that kids can play with.)

Mom: “Oh no…”

Son: “I’M KING OF THE WORLD!”

(The son tears off his clothes and dives into the LEGOs.)

Mom: *to me* “I’m sorry. Oh I’m so sorry!”

(The mother pulls her son out of a very shallow bin and he begins crying.)

Son: “Mom, being king sucks! I wanna be queen instead!”

Mom: “Right now, all you are is grounded!”

Honesty Is A Gift, Part 2

| Newtown, PA, USA | At The Checkout, Liars & Scammers, Theme Of The Month

(A customer comes into the store to use a store credit. Our store always issues store credits in the form of a gift card.)

Customer: “I’d like to purchase this with my store credit.”

(The customer hands me the receipt only.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I would need the gift card that was issued you when you received your store credit.”

Customer: “Oh no, that’s okay. The cashier said that I only had to bring in the receipt.”

(I look carefully at the receipt to read the cashier name, because I would need to know which cashier successfully issued a store credit WITHOUT doing it properly, since the computer makes it fool proof.)

Me: “No, ma’am, see, that’s a lie because I was the one that issued you your credit. Our cash registers make it physically impossible to give you a credit without that gift card…”

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Bedraggle Their Haggle

| Norway | At The Checkout, Family & Kids, Money

(My local grocery store is in a neighborhood with a lot of children, and right next to a primary school, so there’s a lot of kids going there on their own. I end up in line behind two boys, around 10 years old. They are counting their money.)

Boy #1: “I think we’re short.”

Boy #2: “It’ll be fine. We can get it for less; I’ve done it before.”

Cashier: *to the boys* “That’ll be [price].”

Boy #2: “We have [slightly lower amount]. That’s enough right?”

Cashier: “Sorry, it’s not.”

Boy #1: “Oh, please?”

Boy #2: “Yeah, it’s not that much.”

(While it’s a very small amount of money, I understand the cashier’s reluctance. The boys continue to haggle. Seeing this will go nowhere, I decide to step in.)

Me: “Here, I’ll pay the difference.”

(The boys thank me and leave.)

Cashier: “Thank you! It’s not a lot of money, but we have so many groups trying to haggle every day. It’s okay once in a while, but if I let all of them get away with it, my till would be short every day, and I can’t do that.”

Me: “It’s no problem. I’ve been here just after schools out. Sometimes it looks like half the kids there stop by on their way home.”

Cashier: *chuckles* “Sometimes it feels like that, too!”

There Is Good In The World

Waitress Nikki Pirog had seen the two women crying. The women — she presumed a mother and daughter — and a single gentleman were her only tables in a small and secluded section at the Daedalus restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Finally Singing To The Same Tune

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