October Theme Of The Month: Halloween!

Non-Plussed With Tax

| Washington D.C., USA | At The Checkout, Politics, Uncategorized

Me: “Your total is $22.15 with tax.”

Customer: “What? How can that be?”

Me: “Well, you had one stamp at $13.95, and one candle at $6.95.”

Customer: “That doesn’t add up!”

Me: “Fourteen plus seven is twenty-one, and then with sales tax.”

Customer: “I still don’t know how that adds up. Oh well…I guess math has changed with inflation and all.”

It’s All Dutch To Me

| Eindhoven, Netherlands | Canada, Language & Words, Tourists/Travel, Uncategorized

Customer: “Hey, can I buy these, please?”

Me: “Sure. That’ll be 10 euros.”

(The customer hands me 10 Canadian dollars.)

Me: “I’m sorry, I can’t take that currency.”

Customer: “What? Why?”

Me: “Because this isn’t Canada.”

Customer: “But I thought you guys use Canadian dollars? My friend said they use Canadian dollars outside the US.”

Me: “We don’t. We use Euros here.”

Customer: “Since when?”

Me: “Since 2002. Although before that, we used guilders, so your dollars would still be useless.”

Customer: “But they’re Canadian dollars!”

Me: “But this isn’t Canada.”

(At this point, I take a second look at the magazines he’s trying to buy.)

Me: ” Excuse me, but do you speak Dutch?”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “Then why are you buying Dutch magazines?”

Customer: “I thought they’d be in English.”

Me: “Because they speak English in Canada?”

Customer: *blushing* “Yeah.”

Twilight Vs Holy Light

| Chicago, IL, USA | Books & Reading, Movies & TV, Religion, Top

(A young woman, about 20 years old, comes up to the counter holding a copy of The Bible.)

Me: “Hi, did you find everything you needed today?”

Customer: “Yeah, hey, can you tell me what this is about?”

Me: “The Bible?”

Customer: “Yeah, what’s it about?”

Me: “The Bible has two parts, the Old Testament which is scriptures and the New Testament, which contains the story of Jesus’ life and works as told through the gospels, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.”

Customer: “Huh. Is it any good?”

Me: “It’s pretty popular.”

Customer: “Nah, I’ll just get this one instead.” *puts a copy of Twilight on the counter*

Damage Your Self E-Steam

| New South Wales, Australia | At The Checkout, Math & Science, Uncategorized

(A customer brings in a steamer set.)

Customer: “This doesn’t work. It’s faulty.”

Me: “Okay, what seems to be the problem with the item?”

Customer: “It doesn’t steam the food.”

Me: “Ok, I’m just going to have to test it, to confirm that it’s faulty.” *I ask my co-worker next to me* “How much water do I put in it?”

Customer: “You put water in it?”

Military In-Action

| USA | Books & Reading, Uncategorized

(I work in the library at one of the Military Academies. As such, 90% of our students are military members, all in uniform. A student walks in immediately following me as I unlock the doors.)

Me: “We don’t open until 7:30.”

Student: “But I need to print something out.”

Me: “The printers aren’t on yet, and have no paper in them. Come back at 7:30.”

Student: “Not even for your country!?”

Me: “No…”

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