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    Putting The Dumb In Random

    | Pittsburgh, PA, USA | At The Checkout

    (I am checking out a customer and realize that one of the shirts he’s buying doesn’t have a barcode, so I ask a co-worker to find a similar shirt.)

    Me: “Do you remember where you found this shirt?”

    Customer: “It was on the clearance rack in the men’s department.”

    Me: “Alright, my co-worker is looking for it, but it could take a while.”

    Customer: “I don’t have time for that.”

    Me: “Sorry, do you not want the shirt then?”

    Customer: “I want the shirt.  I just don’t have time for her to find the dumb thing.”

    Me: “Well, there’s really nothing I can do without a number.”

    Customer: “Just type some random numbers in.”

    Me: “That won’t work.”

    Customer: “How do you know? You didn’t even try it.”

    Me: “Because I know it won’t work.”

    Customer: “Just try.”

    (I type in twelve random numbers and press enter, then turn the screen toward him to show a bright red “not a valid number” message.)

    Customer: “That’s because you didn’t type the right numbers!”