I work in a relatively small amusement park just outside of Philadelphia. People come from all over to see the characters that the park is known for. While the prices are quite high, park employees have no responsibility for them and can’t change them at all.
Me: Hi! Welcome to [Park Name]! How can I help you?
Guest: You can tell me why the prices here are so f***ing high!
Me: Well, I have no control over the prices-
Guest: What do you mean, you have no control? Don’t you work here?
Me: Well, yes, I do work here, but I only sell the tickets, I don’t control the corporation that decides the price.
Guest: That is ridiculous! I demand you give me the lowest possible price!
Me: Do you have a coupon or a season pass? Or do you know someone with a season pass? Or are you the family member of an active military soldier?
Guest: ….No, but what does that have to do with anything?
Me: Those are the only ways to get a discount.
Guest: …I want the season pass then. At least then I only have to pay once.
She then proceeds to purchase four of the most expensive of the three types of season passes that the park offers. So instead of storming off in a huff like I expected, she spent more money after ranting about the high prices.
Guest: Thank you!
Me: [I wave absently] [to my coworker, I say]: did that just happen?
Coworker: I’m just as surprised as you are.