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    | Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, USA | Food & Drink

    (A customer comes up to my register and orders a pint of mint chip. All of our pints and quarts are hand scooped.)

    Me: “Alright, ma’am, here is your ice cream. Anything else?”

    Customer: “No.”

    (The customer pulls out a small scale and weighs the pint.)

    Customer: “This weighs 17.8 ounces! A pint of water weighs 18! I will not pay for this!”

    Me: “I’m sorry. Can I get you a new pint?”

    Customer: “No! This is unacceptable!”

    Me: “Ma’am, would you like to talk to my manager?”

    Customer: “Yes!”

    Manager: “Hello, what seems to be the problem?”

    Customer: “Are you guys trying to f***ing rip me off? This is grossly under weight!”

    Manager: “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but ice cream weighs less than water because there are air bubbles in ice cream. Wwe hand scoop our pints so while we put forth the biggest effort, we are not perfect.”

    Customer: “F***! I don’t care about air bubbles. This is a f***ing rip off!”

    Manager: “I’m so sorry. What can I do to fix this?”

    Customer: “Give me more f***ing ice cream! That’s what you can do!”

    Manager: “Okay.”

    (I quickly scoop her a couple cups of mint chip. She pays for the pint and storms off.)

    Also In Sync, In Demand, In Stock, And In Waves

    | Rice Lake, WI, USA |

    Me: “Thanks for calling [store]. This is [name].”

    Caller #1: “How much is it to rent a movie?”

    Me: “It all depends. Which one were you thinking of?”

    Caller #1:Insidious.”

    Me: “That’d be $3.96. That’s with tax.”

    Caller #1: “Okay, thanks.” *hangs up*

    (About thirty seconds passes before the phone rings again.)

    Me: “Thanks for calling [store]. This is [name].”

    Caller #2: “How much is it to rent Insidious?”

    Me: “That’s gonna be $3.96, with tax.”

    Caller #2: “Okay, how much is that?”

    Me: “That’s the price. $3.96.”

    (There’s about ten seconds of silence before I ask if anyone’s there. I hang up after no response. Thirty seconds later, the phone rings again.)

    Me: “Thanks for calling [store], this is [name].”

    Caller #3: “Hey, how much is it to rent Insidious with tax?”

    Me: “$3.96.”

    Caller #3: “Okay, thanks. We’ll be right in!”

    Me: *confused*

    Spare Change For Cheap Thrills

    | NJ, USA | At The Checkout, Rude & Risque

    (I am a cashier in a grocery store. I have just rung up an elderly man’s groceries. Keep in mind this man is around 80 years old.)

    Me: “Your total is $52.83, sir.”

    Customer: *holds out hand full of change* “Can you pick out the right amount for me, honey?”

    Me: “Sure.”

    (I carefully start counting out change from his open hand.)

    Customer: “It’s okay. I’ll let you touch my hand so I can get a thrill. Even at 80, I still get thrills, you know!”

    Me: *speechless*

    Who’s Teaching Who Manners

    | Minnesota, USA | Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (I bus tables at a buffet-style restaurant. I approach a table of two middle-aged women and a girl who looks to be around 8 years old.)

    Me: “Hello! I’ll be your service assistant today. How is everything tasting so far?”

    Woman: “Fine.”

    (I walk away and let them continue eating. I return about 10 minutes later.)

    Me: “Why don’t I get these empty plates out of your way?”

    (Both women completely ignore me. I take the plates and start to walk away.)

    Girl: *yells to her mom* “Shouldn’t you say ‘thank you’?!”

    (I start giggling and duck into the bus station. Later, I return to the table to pickup the next round of plates.)

    Both women: *beaming* “Thank you!”

    (The majority of people do not tip us. They end up leaving me $5.)

    Crazy For Sushi

    | New Hampshire, USA | At The Checkout

    (I’m bagging a customer’s groceries.)

    Customer: “If my sushi tips over, I’m gonna punch you in the face!”

    Me: “Um, do you want me to put it in a separate bag for you?”

    Customer: “You’d better.”


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