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    Rage Against The Earless Machine

    , | Hilliard, OH, USA |

    (I overheard this conversation between a self checkout machine and a customer.)

    Self checkout machine: “Please take your items.”

    Customer: “DON’T TELL ME WHAT THE F*** TO DO! WHAT? DO YOU THINK I’M STUPID? YOU THINK I’M JUST GOING TO LEAVE MY S*** HERE?!”

    There’s More Where That Came From… Usually

    | Virginia, USA | Extra Stupid

    Customer: “I’m looking for a book on Ronald Reagan.”

    Me: “OK, well, that would be right here in the American history section.”

    Customer: “It’s a particular book, one with transcripts of all his speeches. I’ve seen it here before.”

    (I spend at least 15 minutes exhaustively searching the shelves to find the book, with no luck.)

    Me: “It seems we don’t have it. If you’d like, I can write it down and call you if we get another copy in.”

    Customer: “That’s impossible. You always had it right here.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, someone must have bought it.”

    Customer: *exasperated* “I know. I’m the one who bought it.”

    If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Solar System

    | Valencia, CA, USA |

    (This exchange happened while I was taking tickets at the entrance to the park.)

    Customer: “You have a very serious problem with your lines.”

    Me: “Ma’am, I’m very sorry, what was the problem?”

    Customer: “I have been standing out here for twenty minutes in the sun waiting to get into the park. You need to do something about that sun…turn it down or something.”

    Me: “Ma’am…I’m very sorry you were uncomfortable, but I really have no control over the sun.”

    Customer: “You can’t just turn it down? Who can I talk to around here to get something done about this?”

    Me: “You can go talk to Human Resources, ma’am… but I really don’t think they’ll be able to control the sun either.”

    Customer: *storms off*

    Customer #2: *walking up* “So…what’s it like controlling the weather?”

    Some-Bunny Was Cranky Today…

    | Santa Barbara, CA, USA |

    Me: “All right, you’re all set! Here are your bags, and have a good weekend!”

    Customer: “Thank you.”

    Me: “And Happy Easter!”

    Customer: “What was that?”

    Me: “Happy Easter?”

    Customer: “That could be offensive.”

    Me: “I’m…sorry?”

    Customer: “You know, some people don’t celebrate Easter. It’s offensive and rude of you to assume that.”

    Me: “I…I’m sorry. I guess I did assume, because you were buying plastic eggs and basket grass.”

    Customer: “You see? You’re assuming.”

    Me: “Would you like me to un-wish you a happy Easter?”

    Customer: “And there you go with the f***ing rude attitude! I celebrate Easter! I just think you need to not be so assuming!”

    Me: “Have a nice day, ma’am.”

    Customer: *leaving* “Ignorant little f***s…”

    Give Me Good Ol’ Inefficiency Any Day

    | Utah, USA |

    (I’m one of the fastest cashiers and often receive positive feedback from customers.)

    Me: “… and your total is $***.**.”

    Customer: “Wait, that can’t be right. I added it up. It should be less than that! You need to change something!”

    Me: “Alright, sir, but it will take me a minute to bring your transaction back up. Your receipt is already printed.”

    Customer: “Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous! This is your fault–you rang me up too flippin’ fast! I’m sick of these stores and their flippin’ fast cashiers!” *takes receipt and storms away*

    Next customer: “Did that guy seriously just yell at you for being fast?!”

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