You Got Dad’s Back

| Adelaide, SA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Health & Body

(I am eight years old. My mother, father and I are all in the chemist to get some medication. My father has a rare spinal condition which is causing him to wobble when he walks, even with a frame. We’re waiting at the counter and hear a customer behind us make a remark under their breath; deliberately loud enough for us to hear.)

Customer #1: “Drunk at 9AM; you should be ashamed.”

(We try to ignore it.)

Customer #1: “This is disgusting; you should be so embarrassed.”

(I don’t like this person being rude to my father.)

Me: “Watch your tone lady. If you’d bother to be polite and ask if my father is okay, you’d know he has a special illness that makes him this way. He’s not drunk; he’s my father, and I love him. Now apologize for being so mean about him.”

(She goes red, stammers, and goes down an aisle. The pharmacist gives me a lollipop.)

Alphabet Soup

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Politely Annoying

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Bohemian Medicine

| NV, USA | Awesome Customers, Bizarre, Health & Body, Musical Mayhem, Top

(I work as a receptionist in a doctor’s office. There are about 10 people who have been waiting for at least 90 minutes. It’s very quiet. A young man mumbles something. Some people look his way, but other than that no one pays much attention to him. He then starts singing, a little louder…)

Young Man: “Put a gun against his head…”

(Some people chuckle.)

Young Man: “Pulled my trigger…”

(The young woman sitting across from him joins in.)

Young Woman: “…now he’s dead.”

Old Man: “Mama, life had just begun…”

Young man: “But now I’ve gone and thrown it all awaaaay…”

All Three: “Mama, oooooooh! Didn’t mean to make you cry!”

Teenage Girl: “If I’m not back again this time tomorrow…”

All: “…carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters!”

(By now, everyone in the waiting room has joined in.)

All: “Too late, my time has come! Send shivers down my spine, body’s achin’ all the time!”

(They finish the refrain just as the doctor calls his next patient. Needless to say, that little impromptu performance really brightened my day!)

Over The Edge Of Reason

| PA, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink, Religion, Theme Of The Month, Top

(I work at a chain coffee shop. The building is on the side of a hill; directly behind the shop is a sheer drop off. Every Sunday morning, a woman comes in with same conversation.)

Woman: “Why don’t you have a drive through? The coffee shop in every other town has a drive through!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but there’s no room around the back of the building for a drive through.”

Woman: “This is ridiculous! If you weren’t the only place on the way to church to get coffee, I’d never stop here. The one day of the week I have to wear heels; I have to walk across the parking lot!”

(One Sunday morning, there is a loud crash, and the building shakes. I run outside; the woman has rammed her car between the back of the building and the cliff side. The entire front of the car is hanging off of the edge. Her airbag has deployed and she seems dazed. She starts to open the door. I start yelling.)

Me: “No! Climb out through the back!”

(We eventually get her inside, and call the cops.)

Woman: “I was trying to prove there’s enough room for them to have a drive through. I guess I was wrong!”

(The company won for damages. A family whose home was hit by debris rolling down the hill sued her as well. Seemed like way more trouble in the end than just walking into a building for a latte!)

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