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    A Question With No Good Manswers

    | Toronto, Canada |

    (I’m handing out fliers outside a women’s clothing store. A man walks up to me.)

    Customer: “Hello! How are you today?”

    Me: “I’m fine, thanks. Would you like a coupon to get 30 percent off all merchandise in the store?”

    Customer: “Do you sell sweaters here?”

    Me: “Yes, we do. Are you looking for a gift for someone?”

    Customer: “No. I’m done with my Christmas shopping.”

    Me: “Well, the coupon’s good until Boxing Day.”

    Customer: “What sizes do you have?”

    Me: “Extra small to extra large.”

    Customer: “What size am I?”

    Me: “Umm, I’m not sure sir. I’m not really good at guessing sizes.”

    Customer: “Well, if I were to try something on, what size should I try?”

    Me: “Well, this is a women’s clothing store. I’m not sure that you would fit the sizes here.”

    Customer: “Are you calling me fat?!”

    Mind Over Biodegradable Matter

    | New York City, NY, USA |

    (I work in a very environmentally conscious salon. We provide mugs for people to use for their coffee so that no garbage is created.)

    Me: “Hi! My name is ***. I’m going to be cutting your hair today. Tell me what you would like to–”

    Customer: “Do you have a styrofoam cup?”

    Me: “We have mugs right here. would you like some coffee?”

    Customer: “Are you crazy? I can’t use a public mug, I’m a doctor! Do you even know what kind of germs are on those mugs?!”

    Me: “I assure you that the mugs are perfectly clean. Also, we don’t believe in using styrofoam because it is bad for the environment.”

    Customer: “Are you for real? You don’t have a styrofoam cup anywhere in this whole place?”

    Me: “Yes, I’m sure.”

    (I get her away from the coffee discussion and start cutting her hair and making small talk.)

    Me: “So, what kind of doctor are you?”

    Customer: “A psychiatrist.”

    Not Quite A Family Business

    | Germany |

    (The shop work in gives their staff a 15% discount using a discount card. Staff are allowed to lend that card to family members. On this particular day, I had left my name-tag at home.)

    Me: “That will be 79.00, sir.”

    Customer: “Oh, I get a discount. I just haven’t got the card at the moment.”

    Me: “Okay, who do you know that works here?”

    Customer: “Miss ***.”

    Me: “How do you know her?”

    Customer: “She’s my daughter!”

    Me: “Dad, last time I saw you, you had a beard and glasses!”

    Customer: “Excuse me?”

    Me: “Sir, I’m Miss ***.”

    Customer: “Oh, haha, very funny. You’ve had your fun. Now give me my discount.”

    Me: “I’m afraid I can’t.”

    Customer: “You lying b***! You’re not Miss ***! I can’t believe my own daughter won’t give me a discount!”

    (The customer leaves in a huff. The next customer is an older woman and is laughing.)

    Next customer: “So, can I be your grandmother?”

    With Great Retail Power…

    | Staten Island, NY, USA |

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but it seems like your credit card isn’t working. Would you like to pay in cash?”

    Customer: ‘What? That’s not possible. Try it again.”

    Me: *after trying a few more times* “Do you have a different card? This one might just be having problems. Or you could just pay in cash?”

    Customer: “No! I don’t have cash. Just give me the items.”

    Me: “I can’t do that, ma’am.”

    Customer: “Why not? I need them to stop the world from ending!”

    Me: “Sorry, I still can’t.”

    Customer: “What sort of a monster are you? If the world ends, you’re to blame!” *storms out*

    Part-Time Customer, Full-Time Cavity Crusader

    | New Zealand |

    (I’m restocking the confectionery section and have a trolley almost overloaded with boxes of candy and sweets.)

    Customer: *gasping* “Young man! How dare you! What’s your parents’ names and number? I’m going to call them and tell them you’re buying so many sweets!”

    (I point to my name badge.)

    Me: “I work here. I’m just restocking the shelves.”

    Customer: “Well…they shouldn’t have someone like you doing that then!”

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