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    Not A Planet You Want To Piss Off

    | Tampa, FL, USA |

    Me: “Hi, did you find everything all right?”

    Customer: “Yeah, I brought in my old printer ink so I know which number to get.”

    Me: “A very good idea. And would you like to recycle your ink cartridge? You can receive money back if you’re a rewards customer.”

    Customer: “A what customer?”

    Me: “It’s a frequent shoppers program that lets you rack up purchases and receive money back on them. When you recycle an ink cartridge, you get $3.00.”

    Customer: “I don’t want no credit card.”

    Me: “Oh, it’s not a credit card, sir. And it’s completely free to sign up.”

    Customer: “No thanks.”

    Me: “All right, would you like to recycle it anyway? We do that here for free.”

    Customer: “Why would I recycle it?”

    Me: “Well, because it’s empty, and you can’t recycle them yourself. It’s better than just throwing it away.”

    Customer: “Why?”

    Me: “…because it’s good for the earth?”

    Customer: “What has Earth ever done for me?”

    Me: “Oxygen, sir?”

    Dig Deeper At Your Own Risk

    | Vancouver Island, BC, Canada |

    (A customer and her young son are buying a bag of birdseed when she notices a picture of my horse on the board behind me.)

    Customer: “Oh, what a beautiful horse! Is he a black stallion?”

    Me: “Actually, ma’am, he’s a gelding.”

    Customer: “Oh…what’s the difference?”

    Me: “A gelding is a male horse who’s been castrated.”

    Customer: “What?”

    Me: “Uh…a male horse who’s been neutered.”

    Customer: “I don’t understand.”

    Me: “A male horse who’s had his testicles surgically removed.”

    Customer: “I still don’t…”

    Me: “A horse with no balls, ma’am.”

    Customer: *covering her son’s ears*** “My goodness! My son’s only five, you know! He doesn’t need to hear that language!”

    Me: “…have a nice day, ma’am.”

    Copycats…and Copy Dogs, Copy Sheep…

    | New York, USA | Crazy Requests, Math & Science, Pets & Animals

    Customer: “I need a book on cloning.”

    Me: “Okay…would you like a book on the ethics of cloning, or maybe the history of it?”

    Customer: “No, I need a how-to book on cloning animals.”

    Me: “Um…cloning is a pretty complicated process. You’ll need several years of college education to be able to clone an animal.”

    Customer: “No you don’t! That’s just what we’ve been told! I read about it, and you can do it with a turkey baster in your kitchen!”

    Me: “I think you’re thinking of artificial insemination…”

    Customer: “NO I’M NOT! I NEED TO CLONE MY DOG!”

    Me: “…”

    Customer: “I have a boy dog, and I love him very much, but he’s a bad dog. I heard that girl dogs are much nicer, so I want to clone my dog and make a girl dog! STOP HIDING THE BOOKS FROM ME!!!”

    Me: *points to back corner* “Our science section is that way. Go knock yourself out.”

    Next Customer In Line: “How the h*** did you just keep your cool through that?”

    Always Right, Even When They’re Not Your Customer

    | Madison, Wisconsin, USA |

    Caller: “I’m having a problem with this adapter. Can you help me out?”

    Me: “I can certainly try. Can you describe it for me?”

    Caller: “Well, it hooks up to a TV and it has these two things coming off of it… I don’t really know how to explain it.”

    Me: “Well… maybe you can tell me what it does? I can go and grab a box off of the shelf and take a look at it.”

    Caller: “I still have the package. Would it help if I read off the model number?”

    Me: “That would be great.”

    (The customer reads me a model number that is longer than anything I have ever seen in my department and it occurs to me…)

    Me: “Sir, I don’t recognize that number. Did you buy this adapter at our store?”

    Caller: “No, you guys didn’t have it so I went to Circuit City instead.”

    Me: “Sir, I cannot help you with an item we don’t sell.”

    Caller: “Well, THANKS a LOT!” *click*

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    The Ghost Of Christmas Freebies

    | Toronto, Canada |

    (At the cash till beside me I hear this exchange.)

    Customer: “You should be giving out candy canes.”

    Coworker: “Pardon me?”

    Customer: “It’s Christmas, you should be in the Christmas spirit! I want to know why you aren’t handing out candy!”

    Coworker: “Well, it’s very busy today and we’re understaffed. If we were to take someone off of cash, people would have to wait far too long to purchase their books.”

    Customer: “I don’t want to hear your excuses! Let me talk to your manager.”

    Coworker: “He’s right there, two tills down.”

    (My coworker takes the next person in line.)

    Customer #2: “What was she complaining about?”

    Coworker: “She was complaining that she wasn’t getting any free candy.”

    Customer #2: *jokingly* “In that case, can I have a free puppy?”


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