Pay Attention To Your Kids, Please!

Un-Sue-table Parenting

| IN, USA | Family & Kids, Wild & Unruly

(I walk out to the dining room and see a kid, about five years old, running on some of our booths. I walk up to the mother.)

Me: “Ma’am, please stop your kid from running on our booths. It’s not safe.”

Mother: “He’s just having fun.”

Me: “Ma’am, it’s not safe, and I’m asking you to stop your kid.”

Mother: “He’s just playing. He’s not going to get hurt.”

(This goes on for several minutes.)

Me: “Fine, then this is your disclaimer.” *turns to a regular customer* “You’re my witness.” *to the mother* “Ma’am, if your child falls and injures himself then we at [restaurant] hold no responsibility. We are not liable for any medical costs that may result in him injuring himself in our store.”

Mother: “You can’t do that.”

Me: “I have told you multiple times to stop your child from engaging in such dangerous activities and you have ignored me. Have a nice afternoon.”

(I turn and walk away.)

Mother: *to child* “Sit down now before you hurt yourself!”

Pointedly Pointing Out Appointments

| CO, USA | Extra Stupid, Time

(I am a receptionist taking calls for a very busy doctor.)

Caller: “Hi, I need to schedule an appointment with the doctor.”

Me: “Okay. Can I have your name, please?”

Caller: *gives name*

Me: “Well, it looks like you already have an appointment on the schedule for tomorrow. Do you need me to move it?”

Caller: “No, I don’t have an appointment.”

Me: “Are you sure? The computer says you’re marked down for 10:30 tomorrow morning.”

Caller: “I’m positive. I always write my doctor’s appointments down in my little book. And I don’t have an appointment written down in my book or anywhere else. That means it doesn’t exist. Your computer must be malfunctioning. Just give me an appointment.”

Me: “Wait… so my computer accidentally scheduled you an appointment?”

Caller: “Yes. Now, please make me a real appointment.”

Me: “Well, we have to schedule this type of appointment two months out.”

Caller: “No, no. I need to get in this week.”

Me: “Well, in that case, I just had a spot open up tomorrow at 10:30. Will that do?”

Caller: “Yes! Perfect! Thank you!”

Just Bagging For Trouble

| London, England, UK | Bizarre, Wild & Unruly

(I work at the box office of a cinema. A middle-aged lady approaches.)

Customer: *politely* “One ticket for [film], please.”

Me: “No problem!”

(I print her ticket, but then realise I have accidentally printed the wrong performance time. She is holding out her hand expectantly.)

Me: “My apologies, but I have accidentally printed the wrong ticket. Just give me a moment and I’ll have this fixed for you.”

Customer: *with absolutely no warning and in a high pitched squeal* “HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO ME!”

(The customer then proceeds to whack me with her handbag and storm out of the lobby. My coworkers who witnessed it share the same bemused expression as I do. A few months pass and this same customer returns several times, all without incident. One evening she approaches my coworker.)

Customer: “A ticket for [film], please.”

Coworker: “Absolutely, I—”

(He looks ups and sees who it is, panics slightly, causing his hand to spasm and press the wrong button. The wrong ticket comes out. The rest of his coworkers and I are watching intently.)

Coworker: “I… I… I’m sorry but—”

Customer: *again with zero warning* “SABOTAGE! WHY DO YOU SABOTAGE ME!”

(This is followed by handbag attack and then swift exit. At this point we have it worked out that the customer is perfectly pleasant in the whole transaction, unless something goes slightly wrong, which for some reason she just can’t handle. A little more time goes by, and I am talking with three of my coworkers at the box office.)

Coworker: “So anyway, what are—”

(His voice trails off and his eyes go wide, I follow his line of sight and see her slowly approaching the box office. I turn back and see my coworker PHYSICALLY HIDING UNDER HIS DESK. I turn and see my two other coworkers have done the same.)

Me: “Seriously?”

Coworker: *whispering* “This is the arrangement we have now when dealing with… with HER.”

(The customer approaches me, as the only visible box office worker.)

Customer: “One ticket for [film], please.”

(I carefully ensure I listen to get every word, and press the correct button to print the correct ticket. I successfully do so and breathe a sigh of relief when the ticket is produced from the machine. This is short-lived when in a case of truly awful timing, the machine breaks down and rips the ticket in half as it is printed.)

Me: “Ah… s***.”

Customer: *screams* *handbag attack* *leaves*

Themed Giveaway Roundup: Bad Behavior!

Not Always Right | Bad Behavior, Roundups, Theme Of The Month

Themed Giveaway Roundup: Bad Behavior! Although our January Themed Giveaway on Bad Behavior is still ongoing, here are some fantastic submissions we’ve already received. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a story–keep ‘em coming!

  1. Earmark That Sound Advice (1,193 thumbs up)
  2. I Don’t Work Here Actually Worked Here (1,130 thumbs up)
  3. Makes You Scarlett With Anger (2,232 thumbs up)
  4. Playing Games With Your Feelings (1,447 thumbs up)
  5. At Lagerheads, Part 2 (1,114 thumbs up)

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PS #2: Read more roundups here!

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