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    Got To Give That Customer Credit

    | Peoria, IL, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Bad Behavior, Money, Top

    (I am a first-time customer at this salon. According to my stylist, they’ve recently installed a new computer system, which is giving them fits. It will not process credit card payments. The stylist has to call the card in, a process that takes about five minutes. An older woman walks in, looking to buy some hair products. My chair is fairly close to the register.)

    Stylist: *to the other customer* “Okay, so our register isn’t taking credit cards right now. I’ll have to call your card in. It’ll just be a minute.”

    Customer: “Oh, this is ridiculous!”

    (The customer stands there, rolling her eyes and sighing loudly while the stylist attempts to run her card via the phone.)

    Stylist: “Ah, this isn’t working again!”

    (My stylist walks over and attempts to run the card with no luck. Meanwhile, the customer is rolling her eyes, sighing, tapping her toes, and making comments under her breath. My stylist comes back to me and resumes work on my hair.)

    My Stylist: “I’m sorry about this!”

    Me: “Hey, no worries. Y’all can’t control the computer, right?”

    My Stylist: “It’s been doing this all day! It’s so ridiculous.”

    (I speak loud enough for the customer to hear.)

    Me: “It is what it is. If the computer decides to act up, it’s not the employee’s fault. Rolling your eyes and being impatient won’t fix anything! I work at [bank], and I have customers who act like that when my computer is slow. Acting like a spoiled child won’t make the computer go any faster!”

    (The customer scowls at me, and I smile back at her.)

    Me: “I’ve worked a lot of retail jobs. It’s not the employee’s fault!”

    (The customer quickly pulls $20 out of her wallet, hands it to the stylist, and slinks out of the salon.)

    My Stylist: *laughing* “I think she heard you.”

    Me: “That was the idea! I have a credit card too, so I’d like to apologize in advance…”

    (The stylist encounters the same problem with my card. After fighting with the system for 15 minutes, she declares that my haircut is ‘free today’. And my hair looked fabulous. I’ll definitely be back!)