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    Focal Discrimination

    | Salem, NH, USA |

    (I’m working at the cigarette counter. I wear glasses–this is critical.)

    Me: “How can I help you today?”

    (Customer is clearly not from this country and speaks in broken English with a thick accent.)

    Customer: “Glasses!” *points at my face* “Glasses!”

    Me: “You like my glasses?”

    Customer: “No glasses. No glasses!”

    Me: “You don’t like my glasses.”

    Customer: “Not you. No glasses.”

    Me: “Not me? No glasses? You want someone without glasses?”

    Customer: “Yes. No glasses!”

    (I look over at another cashier and a nearby register who heard everything and have her switch with me. Meanwhile everyone around us is cracking up laughing.)