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    A Real Classic

    | Rochester, NY, USA | Top

    (I am a customer talking to a sales person when I am interrupted by another customer.)

    Customer: “Do you have any Beethoven?”

    Sales Person: “Certainly, our Classical section has quite a selection of Beethoven.”

    Customer: “Well, I couldn’t find any of Beethoven, only various orchestras performing Beethoven’s music. Don’t you have any live Beethoven?”

    Sales Person: “Well, no we don’t, and I don’t think you will manage to find that anywhere.”

    Customer: “Well I bet [other store] has it across the way.”

    Sales Person: “Well, I would doubt that, but you are welcome to check.”

    Customer: “Why don’t you think they will have it?”

    Me: (I just had to interrupt.) “Well, because everyone knows that all the live copies of Beethoven burned up in his estate fire.”

    Customer: “Well I didn’t know that. So if there are no live recordings anywhere, how do people know what it sounds like?”

    Me: “Well the sheet music was luckily printed on fireproof paper.”

    Customer: “Wow, they had fireproof paper back then?”

    Santa Baby

    | United Kingdom |

    (I am a supervisor in a daycare. It is Christmas Eve and a child’s mother has arrived to pick him up.)

    Mother: “So, is it okay if I send in his presents with him tomorrow so he can open them here?”

    Me: “Tomorrow? It’s Christmas Day tomorrow…we’ll be closed.”

    Mother: “What? You’re closed tomorrow? But what am I supposed to do with my kid?”

    Me: “Oh, do you have to work tomorrow? That’s unfortunate.”

    Mother: “Work tomorrow? No, I booked it off a long time ago. Why are you closed tomorrow? You’re always open!”

    Me: “Christmas Day is the only day we’re closed all year.”

    Mother: “Well I don’t want him under my feet on Christmas!”

    Me: “Um…”

    Mother: “You don’t want to baby-sit, do you?”

    Social (Network) Security

    | Texas, USA |

    Me: “Your total is [total].”

    Customer: *hands me a credit card*

    Me: “Thanks, I just need to see a photo ID with this.”

    Customer: “I don’t have one.”

    Me: “Well, do you have a school, work, or military ID? Pretty much any way to match your name and face will work.”

    Customer: “No, I don’t have…wait!”

    (The customer digs in her purse and pulls out a phone.)

    Customer: “I have a Facebook, will that work?”

    (The customer pulls up her account and shows it to the clerk.)

    Me: “Well I guess for today, but next time we’ll need a physical ID.”

    (The customer finishes paying and the next customer steps up.)

    Customer 2: “Now just to let you know I don’t have my ID either, but I do have a MySpace.”

    Reality Bites, And So Do Customers

    | Delaware, OH, USA | Top, Tourists/Travel

    (I work at a historical site of the civil war, dressing and acting as if we were still in that time period)

    Tourist: “Is that fire real?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Tourist: “Is the water you’re drinking real?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Tourist: “Are your clothes real?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Tourist: “Are you real?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Tourist: “This place isn’t very interesting.”

    Stupid Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    | Connecticut, USA |

    (I work as an artifacts specialist at an exhibit featuring artifacts from the Titanic wreck. We also have a large “iceberg” to show people how cold the water was the night the ship sank.)

    Customer: “So is this the actual iceberg that sank the Titanic?”

    Me: “No, it’s just a frosted piece of plastic to show how cold the water was.”

    Customer: “So where in this place is the actual iceberg that sunk the Titanic?”

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