A Pint-Sized Understanding

| Edinburgh, Scotland, UK | At The Checkout, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

Customer: “I’ll just take a pint, please.”

Me: “Sure, what would you like a pint of?”

Customer: “I just want a pint.”

Me: “Yes. but what would you like?”

Customer: “I want a pint. You work in a bar. How do you not know what a pint is?”

Me: “Sorry. A pint is a unit of measurement; I am just asking what you would like a pint of.”

Customer: “I DON’T KNOW! JUST GIVE ME A PINT!”

Me: “Of course.”

(I got him a pint of water. He was not happy.)

Way South Of Average Intelligence

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Bigotry, Extra Stupid, Geography, Language & Words, Musical Mayhem

(I am a light-skinned South African living in the United States. I occasionally get to perform my own music in a local hip-hop-oriented bar. I try to keep my lyrics clean of profanities, which is unusual for this audience.)

Bar Patron #1: “It’s nice to hear some clean hip-hop here for a change.”

Me: “Thanks. I just don’t see the need for me to swear, since most of my songs are about partying and that sort of light stuff.”

Bar Patron #2: “Usually with the people who perform here, it’s ‘n-word this’, and ‘n-word that’.”

Me: *laughing* “Can you imagine, a white South African using that word a whole bunch of times?”

Bar Patron #2: “I know you could do that if you wanted to, since your country is run by African-Americans and all, but it’s nice that you don’t.”

Me: “… Oh boy.”

Bartenders Are Good Listeners, But Not That Good

| England, UK | Bizarre, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink, Theme Of The Month

(I’m at the pub where my little brother works. A man wanders in and just stares at my brother behind the bar.)

Brother: “Can I help you?”

Man: *continues to stare*

Brother: “Hello? What can I get you?”

Man: “How much will that be?”

Brother: “You haven’t actually ordered yet. What would you like?”

Man: *stares more intently*

Brother: *confused* “I’m sorry, sir. I’m not psychic.”

Man: “Really? Oh, I’ll have a rum and coke then, please.”

It’s All Dutch To Me, Part 2

, | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Money, Tourists/Travel

(I am traveling with a group from my American university for a conference, back when the Netherlands still used guilders as currency. At the time they were at about two to one dollar.)

Classmate: “Wow! Beer is so expensive here!”

Me: “Not really… they’re only three or four dollars each.”

Classmate: “But it says beer is $6!”

Me: “No, it’s 6 guilders. That’s the currency here. Remember when we changed our money?”

Classmate: “No. That must be in dollars.”

Me: “Why would it be in dollars? We’re in Amsterdam!”

Classmate: “But stuff was in dollars at the airport. And I don’t get why [American beer] is so expensive and the [Dutch beer] costs less.

Me: “Because they have to import the [American beer] from America.”

Classmate: “But it isn’t an import!”

Me: “We’re in AMSTERDAM now!”

(By now, the guy behind the bar is doing an increasingly bad job of hiding his laughter.)

Classmate: “Oh, my god. How will I order? I don’t speak… uh…”

Me: “—Dutch? I’ll do it. You go sit down.”

Me: *in English, to the bartender* “Two beers, please.”

(The bartender gets me the beers, but only charges me for one of them, and winks at me. I tip him well and go back to my classmate.)

Classmate: “Wow! I didn’t know you spoke the language!”

Me: “I’m a fast learner.”

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Tipping The Scale

| AB, Canada | Awesome Customers, Money, Top

(I am in a horrible mood because I have discovered during the previous night’s shift that someone had stolen my wallet from my purse in our back hallway while I was working. Along with all my ID and bank cards, I lost $140 in tips from the night before. I needed that money to pay bills. However, I try to put my best foot forward during the shift. I serve a young customer and his girlfriend. They are friendly, funny, complimentary about my service, and just make me smile.)

Me: *as I walk up with their check* “You know, I’m having a really bad weekend, so for putting a smile on my face today, I only charged you for the teen brunch instead of the full priced brunch.”

Customer #1: “Oh! Well, thank you! Why are you having a bad weekend?”

Me: “Well… my wallet was stolen while I was working last night.”

Customer #1: “I’m really sorry to hear that! Can I pay with credit card?”

(I put his bill price into the portable machine and hand it to him, and he begins to enter in the tip.)

Customer #2: *eyes widen, whispers* “Really?!”

Customer #1: *whispers* “She’s having a bad day.”

Customer #2: “Yeah. Fair enough.”

(They hand the machine back to me, and I print off the receipt. They tipped me $100 on a $48 tab.)

Me: “Are you sure?!”

Customer #1: “I hope you have a better day.”

(I began to cry, and each of them hugged me before they left. I smiled for the rest of the day. Faith in humanity: restored.)

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