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    Holding The Line Against Bad Customers

    | TX, USA | Awesome Customers, Bad Behavior, Theme Of The Month, Top

    (There are usually four to six employees behind the counter at the cell phone store, but today there is only one. She appears to be new and flustered, but is doing very well getting to everyone. I have been waiting for about 20 minutes before a woman in her late 20s and dressed in aerobics gear comes in. She immediately turns to a phone sales rep.)

    Aerobics Woman: “Do I really needed to wait in the line?”

    Employee: “I only really sell new phones, so I am afraid you will have to.”

    Aerobics Woman: “OH. MY. GOD.”

    (Five minutes go by, and the next customer is up. I’m about 4th in line now, and Aerobics Woman is 6th. She is grumbling and muttering things under her breath.)

    Aerobics Woman: *shouting* “What is taking so long?! I don’t understand why I have to wait in this line.”

    (Finally, it’s my turn. I’m up at the counter, and give the poor overwhelmed employee a warm smile.)

    Me: “I’m so sorry you have to put up with this.”

    (Relieved, the employee lets out a big sigh and her shoulders relax.)

    Employee: “No, I’m sorry that it has been taking so long.”

    Me: “No, it’s okay, I understa—”

    Aerobics Woman: “Why does it have to take so long!”

    (I decide I’ve been patient enough with Aerobics Woman and snap back.)

    Me: “Are you five f***ing years old?!”

    (As soon as I say this, everything in the store grinds to a halt. Aerobics Woman is looking at me wide-eyed, as I in turn am now giving her the ugliest glare I’ve ever managed.)

    Me: “Are you seriously under the impression that your constant moaning is going to make anything you’re trying to do happen any faster? Do you have any idea how f***ing ridiculous you look right now? What the h*** is so d*** important that you feel that you have to b**** every 5 minutes for all to hear?”

    Aerobics Woman: “I was on the phone to customer service, and they told me that in order to change my account password I needed to come into a store and show proof of ID!I got a new phone because I dropped the old one, and they told me I couldn’t switch it without my password, and I forgot it!”

    Me: “Well, of course you’d have to bloody come in! I bet you have credit card info, address info, social security info and all the rest on your bloody account. What if I called Customer Service, put on a lovely voice, and said I was you? What if I stole your phone, called the phone company, and said to them, ‘could you tell me what social security number you have for me, I want to make sure it’s the right one’? You should be thanking this poor woman here, all alone, having to put up with your childish whining, and trying to keep you from getting robbed. Now, shut up, and just wait your turn.”

    (I turn back to the employee, and wink. On the way out of the store, another employee intercepts me on the way out.)

    Other Employee: “I was wondering if I could talk to you. Customer Service is our number one priority here, and policy prevents us from being able to defend ourselves in a situation like that. On behalf of everyone here, I wanted to see if I could have your name, and give you next month’s service for free.”