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    The Birds, The Bees, And The Brutally Honest

    | Brooklyn, NY, USA | Family & Kids, Rude & Risque

    (A little boy is wandering around unattended, touching all the TVs.)

    Me: “Where’s your mom or dad?”

    Boy: “Well, my mom’s over there.” *points to mother*

    Me: “Okay, why don’t you go over to her?”

    Boy: “Yeah, sure. By the way, I don’t know who my dad is. My mom was a hooker.”

    Stealer’s Remorse

    | Cambridge, MA, USA | At The Checkout, Money, Top

    (We sell, among other things, cards for a popular trading card game. A customer walks in, walks directly to the counter, and pulls a few cards out of his pocket.)

    Customer: “I’d like to purchase these, please.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, purchase? Don’t you mean sell?”

    Customer: “Yeah, I didn’t have the money at the time. However, I didn’t want anybody else to get them, so I just left with them. I’d like to pay for them now, thanks.”

    Life In Plastic, It’s Fantastic

    | Texas, USA | Bizarre

    Customer: “I need help, anyone!”

    Me: *rushing over* “What seems to be the problem, sir?”

    Customer: “That TV is showing bad things!”

    (The TV in question is playing movie trailers on loop.)

    Me: “Which trailer did you find offensive?”

    Customer: “The one with the girl that is saying the girl is perfect! Nobody’s perfect!”

    (At that moment, a trailer for a new Barbie movie comes on.)

    Customer: *screaming* “That’s the bad movie!”

    Supermarket, The Musical

    | Gainesville, FL, USA | At The Checkout, Musical Mayhem

    (It has been a quiet morning but the store has been filling up and it is very loud. My ears haven’t quite adjusted yet.)

    Me: “Hi, how are you?”

    (I begin scanning and bagging her items.)

    Customer: *mumbling*

    Me: “Did you find everything okay?”

    (The customer mumbles, and then begins singing something unintelligible. We play music in the store, so I thought she was singing along.)

    Customer: *gradually increasing in volume* “No bag…no bag…NO bag…NO BAG!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, are you singing, ‘No bag’?”

    Customer: “Well, I told you a couple of times, but you went ahead and started bagging, so I decided to sing it!”

    Try Not To Catch A Code

    | Claremont, NH, USA | Technology

    Me: “Hi, this is [computer repair]. How may I help you today?”

    Customer: “Hi, I think there’s a problem with my computer. I was online and lots of windows starting popping up. Then, it locked up and I couldn’t do anything.”

    Me: “That sounds like it has a virus. Just don’t touch it. Bring it in, and we’ll take a look at it, okay?”

    Customer: “Oh no! I’ll be down shortly.”

    (About thirty minutes later, a woman comes in with a disgusted and terrified look on her face. She is carrying her computer in a black trash bag.)

    Customer: *hands me bag with outstretched hands* “Here, take it!”

    Me: “Why is it in a black trash bag?”

    Customer: “I didn’t want to catch the virus!”


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