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    Social (Network) Security

    | Texas, USA | Uncategorized

    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 | Uncategorized

    (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?”

    Magic Ink

    | France | Uncategorized

    (A client comes for her journalist portfolio. She shows me a picture of an architect in front of his building model, showing his back to the camera.)

    Customer: “So, you see, I’d like you to flip this picture.”

    Me: “Okay, that’s very simple.”

    Customer: “Great ! This will be awesome. I want him to face the camera.”

    Me: “If I flip the picture, it will be all the same, but the guy will be on the left instead of the right, that’s it.”

    Customer: “You can’t make him face us? You call yourself a professional?”

    This Teacher Will Keep You On Your Toes

    | New York, NY, USA | Uncategorized

    (I’m 19, and look fairly younger than that. I teach at a dance studio. I’m standing at the receptionist’s desk when a woman walks in.)

    Customer: “Hi, I missed registration yesterday and I need to register my daughter for a beginning ballet class.”

    Coworker: “Okay, you actually lucked out, we have a space open in [other co-worker]’s class.”

    Customer: “Yeah, but I really want her in [my name]’s class…can you arrange that?”

    Coworker: “Well, okay let me…”

    Customer: “Hang on.” *turns to me* “Sweetie, what are you doing here? It’s incredibly rude to eavesdrop.”

    Me: “Well, I–”

    Customer: “Where are your parents? And why didn’t they teach you any manners? You think you can just stand here, eating up this lady’s time. I have a job! I have better things to do than watch you listen to me!”

    Me: “Hi, I’m actually [my name]. You wanted to get into my class?”

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