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    Walking Tall, Risking Small

    | Dayton, OH, USA | Crazy Requests, Uncategorized

    Guest: “How do I get to the mall from here?”

    Me: “Oh, it’s really easy, sir. You just make a right out of our lot, and you come to a lighted intersection. Go straight through the light and you will be in the mall parking lot.”

    Guest: “Alright, then.”

    (The guest goes to walk there, and then comes back.)

    Guest: “Are there no sidewalks here?”

    Me: “Well, no, not really, but there’s a light to protect you. Our roads have really wide shoulders, so there’s plenty of room to walk.”

    Guest: “Oh. So you really have to take you life into your hands to walk anywhere here, huh?”

    High School Dropouts Work On The Pharm

    | Boston, MA, USA | Health & Body, School, Uncategorized

    (I work as a pharmacy tech at a chain pharmacy. I am also currently in pharmacy school and will be a pharmacist one day.)

    Customer: “You should be ashamed of yourself!”

    Me: “I’m sorry. Can I help you with something?”

    Customer: “No! I refuse to be helped by a high school dropout! You should be ashamed of yourself for working where children can see you! You are going to make them think that it is okay to not have an education!”

    Me: “Ma’am, I am not a high school dropout. I have a high school diploma and I am currently in pharmacy school working towards a Doctor of Pharmacy. I am going to be a pharmacist one day.”

    Customer: “Stop lying! I have never heard of a pharmacist before. You are a high school dropout!”

    Manager: “Can I help you?”

    Customer: “Yes! Your employee is lying to me! She says she is going to be a pharmacist! That job doesn’t exist!”

    (The manager looks at our pharmacist who is near tears from laughing so hard.)

    Manager: “Ma’am, see the man over there? He’s the one who filled your prescription. He is a pharmacist.”

    Customer: “No he isn’t! He just counts pills! You don’t need school for that!”

    Imperceptions On Imperfections

    | Bay Area, CA, USA | Family & Kids, Uncategorized

    (A customer comes in to pick up the portraits of her daughter she ordered. I go through the order with her to verify everything is there.)

    Customer: “What is this on my daughter’s face!?”

    Me: “Well, it looks like her skin has a red mark below her eye.”

    Customer: “No! She doesn’t! She looked perfect when we came in and I didn’t see this on the computer before. You did something to them!”

    Me: “I’m sorry you’re unhappy, but the photographs are exactly as they appear on the ordering screen. Also, this mark is on her face in the same spot in every pose, so it couldn’t be a printing problem.”

    Customer: “Well, no. You’re wrong. You did something to them. my daughter is perfect!”

    Off-Handed Comment

    | Manchester, UK | Health & Body, Technology, Uncategorized

    Caller: “Hi, I’ve placed an order some weeks back and I’m just chasing up when it might be delivered.”

    Me: “Certainly, just bear with me a moment. I’ll just need to track it on the computer.”

    (I proceed to log on to the order system, having a bit of difficulty as I’m only able to type with one hand while the other holds the phone.)

    Me: “Sorry, bear with me a moment, it’s quite difficult to type with one hand.”

    Caller: *in a sincere tone* “Why have you only got one hand?”

    Limping Through College

    | Flint, MI, USA | Books & Reading, School, Uncategorized

    Customer: “Can you help me find the book for my class?”

    Me: “Sure. Do you have your course schedule?”

    Customer: “Uh, no. Why?”

    Me: “They tell me what books are needed for each class.”

    Customer: “Cool.”

    Me: “So, I need to know what class you’re taking.”

    Customer: *blank stare*

    Me: “English, Math, Physics, Biology? If you can tell me what the course is, we might be able to find it that way.”

    Customer: “Sorry, dude. I’m new to this whole college thing.”

    Me: “How about your professor’s name? We’ve got quite a few professors that only teach one class.”

    Customer: “My class is at night. Wednesdays, I think. And my teacher is a lady, with a limp.”

    Me: *Looking at a course card.* “I found it! Wednesday nights, with the lady who limps.”

    Customer: “Bro, you’re a life saver.”

    Me: “I was kidding.”

    Customer: “So, that’s not my book then?”

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