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    Pay The Price And Face The Music

    | Langley, BC, Canada | Books & Reading, Musical Mayhem, Uncategorized

    (A customer is placing an order for sheet music over the phone.)

    Me: “How may I help you?”

    Customer: “I need books.”

    Me: “What are you looking for?”

    (The customer lists off three more items, all of which need to be ordered).

    Me: “I can order those for you. However, the store requires a full deposit on sheet music orders.”

    Customer: “Okay. How much is the last book? The Three Sonatas?”

    (The Three Sonatas is a collection of various sonatas by a specific composer.)

    Me: “$34.95.”

    Customer: “I just need one, though.”

    Me: “Unfortunately they’re not printed separately. It’s only available in this collection.”

    Customer: “It’s too expensive.”

    Me: “Then you don’t want me to order it?”

    Customer: “I need it.”

    Me: “So I’ll order it.”

    Customer: “No.”

    Me: “No?”

    Customer: “I need it. But you give me a discount.”

    Me: “Pardon?”

    Customer: “You order book. I’ll cut out the music I want, and pay discount.”

    Never Judge A DVD By Its Cover

    | USA | Books & Reading, Movies & TV, Uncategorized

    Customer: “Hey, what movie did that other customer just turn in?”

    Me:Book of Eli. Would you like to rent it?”

    Customer: “A book? No, I don’t want no book. I hate reading!”

    Me: “No, I’m sorry. Book of Eli is the title of the movie.”

    Customer: “I don’t like books.”

    Customer’s friend: “It’s not a book, it’s a movie.”

    Customer: “Well, I bet it’s based on a book, and I hate books!”

    Death By A-Salt

    | Ontario, Canada | At The Checkout, Spouses & Partners, Top

    Customer: “I checked your flyer and it said that [Major Brand] margarine was on sale this week.”

    Me: “I don’t believe so, but I will check our flyer to see.”

    (As I’m flipping through the pages she stops when she sees an advertisement for a sale.)

    Customer: “See, right there. It says save $2.98.”

    Me:”I’m sorry, ma’am, but it says save $2.98 when you buy [Company Brand] Margarine, not [Major Brand].”

    Customer: “Oh, well my husband needs the salt-free kind, and [Company Brand] doesn’t make a salt-free.”

    Me: “Well that’s not the one that’s on sale.”

    Customer: “Well he needs a salt-free kind.”

    Me: “Well, then you’ll have to buy the [Major Brand] one.”

    Customer: “But it’s not on sale, and he needs a salt-free.”

    Me: “Yes, I heard you ma’am, but if [Company Brand], doesn’t make a salt free margarine, then you will have to buy the [Major Brand].”

    Customer: “You don’t understand. My husband needs a salt-free margarine. If he has a normal margarine, it will spike his sodium and he’ll die.”

    Me: “Then you’ll have to buy the [Major Brand].”

    Customer: “But it’s not on sale.”

    Me: “Well, there’s nothing I can do about it, ma’am.”

    Customer: “You really don’t care anything about my husband’s health, do you? You don’t care that he could die so easily do you?”

    Me: “Ma’am, it’s not that I don’t care. You can buy the salt-free [Major Brand].”

    Customer: “But that margarine isn’t on sale! You are just going to stand there and murder my husband!”

    Aisle Be Watching You, Part 2

    | Montana, USA | Bizarre, Uncategorized

    Customer: “I’m looking for horseradish.”

    (I take her to the condiment section, where there are seven different kinds of horseradish.)

    Customer: “No, it’s not any of these.”

    Me: “Is it a refrigerated product?”

    Customer: “Oh, I don’t know.”

    Me: “Well, this is the only place I know of where we stock horseradish.”

    (A few moments later, the customer finds me again.)

    Customer: “I know where it is. But I’m not going to tell you. You need to figure it out on you own.”

    Aisle Be Watching You

    Kids Movies Cost An Arm And A Leg

    | Estonia | Family & Kids, Movies & TV, Uncategorized

    (A mother and her young daughter approach the counter. She puts down Princess Mononoke and begins to get out her card.

    Me: “I’d just like to point out while this is an excellent movie, it’s probably
    something you’d be uncomfortable with your daughter watching.”

    Customer: “Why? It’s just a princess cartoon!”

    Me: “It’s actually quite violent, it deals with a lot of complex subjects, and has scenes with realistic sword fights, there’s several dismemberments in the first few minutes. But I can recommend several other movies by the same animation studio that both of you could enjoy.”

    Customer: *slightly taken aback* “Um, yes, that sounds like a good idea, I wouldn’t want her to be scared.”

    Customer’s daughter: *to me* “What’s a dismem-peppermint?”

    Customer: “Don’t answer that!”