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    Living On The Edge Of Anaphylactic Shock

    | Columbia, MO, USA |

    (A woman was looking intently at our display case of cookies.)

    Me: “Can I help you?”

    Customer: “What kind of cookies do you have?”

    Me: “Well, right now we have lemon drop and peanut butter chocolate chip.”

    Customer: “Oh, I’ll take one of each.”

    (I ring her out and she goes on her way. 20 minutes later I get a phone call.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling ****, how can I help you?”

    Customer: “Yeah, I was just in there and I bought a lemon cookie and a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and…MY GOD I AM ALLERGIC TO NUTS, and I SWEAR I just ate a nut. Are there any nuts in these cookies?”

    Me: “…well, the peanut butter chocolate chip ones have…peanuts in them.”

    Customer: “OH MY GOD!” *hangs up*

    (Only 2 weeks later I am working again and the same woman walks into my store.)

    Customer: *looks at the cookies again* “I’ll take one of those…peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.”

    Me: “You realize that those have nuts in them, right?”

    Customer: “WHAT?! Well…what about the orange walnut cookies?”

    Me: “Those have walnuts in them.”

    Customer: “How about the coconut pecan?”

    Me: “Yeah, those have pecans in them.”

    Customer: “Well, fine. I’ll just have to have one of those white chocolate macadamia cookies then.”

    Me: “Look – really the only cookies that we have right now that DON’T have nuts are the sugar cookies.”

    Customer: “Well, those are just too boring. Never mind then!”