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    Ethnically Ethical

    , | Wichita, KS, USA |

    (An older lady is asking me for help with her shopping list.)

    Customer: “Sir, do you…well, I don’t really know if I can say this out loud, but do you have this video game?”

    (The customer points at her list to the game title, “Ethnic Mickey”, which doesn’t exist. We sell “Epic Mickey”.)

    Me: “Um, ma’am…we have Epic Mickey, if that helps.”

    Customer: “Oh, my goodness. Here I was, worried about the title and if it was appropriate. We spoke over the phone, so I guess I misheard.”

    Actividad Paranormal

    | Washington, USA | Bizarre

    (An older latino woman comes into the shop speaking rapidly in Spanish.)

    Me: “Can I help you?”

    Customer: *continues to speak rapidly in Spanish*

    Me: “I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish, but I can get somebody who can.”

    (I go to the back to get one of the other employees that speaks Spanish. After a few minutes, my coworker comes back shacking his head.)

    Me: “What did the woman want?”

    Coworker: “She’s not right.”

    Me: “What do you mean?”

    Coworker: “She says that we have the spirit of a murdered boy in our basement.”

    Me: “But we don’t have a basement.”

    Coworker: “Exactly.”

    No Bloody Sensitivity Anywhere

    | New York, USA | Health & Body

    (I work at a bar and grill on the breakfast shift. I have just badly cut my finger and have blood running down my hand. As I am running to the kitchen for first aid, a customer approaches me.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, can I get a glass of orange juice please?”

    Me: “Ma’am, can I come right back to you? I need to take care of this.”

    (I raise my hand up to show her that my hand is bleeding all over.)

    Customer: “The service here is terrible. I want my orange juice!”

    Me: “Ma’am, I really need to go take care of this.”

    Customer: “Forget it!” *storms out without paying for her meal*

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    Wherever Knowledge Is Distributed

    | Nova Scotia, Canada | School

    Me: “Can I help you?”

    Student: “I can’t find my professor’s office.”

    Me: “Do you have an office number?”

    Student: “Yeah. It’s 412.”

    Me: “Well, that’s just down the hallway.”

    Student: “I tried. That’s not his office.”

    Me: “Is he a political science professor or a modern languages professor?

    Student: “Neither. Geology.”

    Me: “Are you sure he’s in this building?”

    Student: “No.”

    Me: “What building is he in?”

    Student: “I don’t know.”

    Me: “There are lots of buildings on campus.”

    Student: “I know.”

    Me: “What made you think it was this one?”

    Student: “I don’t know…”

    Placebo Me, Part 6

    | Canada | Food & Drink

    (I’m dropping off a drink at a party of about 10 guys and girls. They look like they wish they were on the Jersey Shore. One of the girls has ordered a double gin and tonic. Before I walk away, the girl calls me back.)

    Girl: “This drink isn’t right. I ordered a gin and tonic and this tastes like it has vodka in it…and maybe soda.”

    Me: “I’m sorry. I’ll get that fixed up for you right away.”

    (I take it to my bartender, who looks at it, pours it into a different shaped glass, then hands it back to me. I take it back to the table and give it to the customer.)

    Girl: “Ah, this is much better. Thank you!”

    Me: “You’re very welcome!”

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