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    In Uniform, Out Of Work

    | Los Angeles, CA, USA | Crazy Requests

    (I walk into a store without realizing I am wearing khakis and a red polo; they are the store’s uniform colors. A middle aged lady stops me.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, can you tell me where to find the lamps?”

    Me: “Oh, I’m sorry ma’am. I don’t work here.”

    Customer: “Don’t you lie to me! You are still wearing your uniform! Obviously you work here!”

    Me: “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but this just happens to be what I wore today.”

    Customer: “HOW DARE YOU! I can’t believe you would treat a customer like this.”

    (A manager walks up, focused on the yelling customer.)

    Manager: “Ma’am, what seems to be the problem?”

    Customer: “I demand you fire this employee! He is refusing to help me!”

    (The manager turns to talk to me. I see the surprise on his face, due to the fact that I am not one of his employees.)

    Manager: “Is it true that you refused to help this woman?”

    Me: “Yeah, I suppose…”

    Manager: “Alright then, you’re fired.”

    Me: “D*** man! Really?”

    Manager: “Yes.”

    (He turns back to the lady.)

    Manager: “The lamps are over there, ma’am. I will personally take care of this troublemaker.”

    (As the lady smugly walks off, he turns back to me.)

    Manager: “Sorry about that. You don’t actually work here do you?”

    Me: “Nope. You just fired me.”

    (We share a laugh, and he takes me to the attached coffee house to buy me a drink.)