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    No Sub-Price For The Sub-Continent

    , | Liverpool, England, UK | Crazy Requests, Money

    (I’m having my eyebrows threaded at a beauty stand I frequent in the middle of the main thoroughfare of our local shopping mall. The business is owned and run by an Asian family, and they offer very competitive prices. They also offer threading for other facial hair. While I’m there, there are two technicians, both young Asian ladies. An older Asian man approaches Technician #1, who is working on my eyebrows, while Technician #2 is having a conversation with someone on the phone in her native language.

    Man: “How much is it to have my whole face done?”

    Technician #1: “£22.”.

    Man: “I’m Indian.”

    Technician #1: “Yes. £22.”

    Man: “What? Even for a fellow Indian?”

    (At this point, Technician #2 puts the phone down, and says something to Technician #1 in their language. The Indian man waits, expectantly. She addresses him in English.)

    Technician #2: “We’re from Pakistan. £22.”

    (The man glares and stalks off, before the two technicians burst into laughter. I ask what I’ve missed.)

    Technician #1: “We’re Indian.”

    Technician #2: “We always get these older guys trying to haggle us down ‘because we’re all Indian.’ India’s a big place, and we have a business to run!”

    Bigots And Sexists On Line One

    | Berkeley, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Theme Of The Month

    (My family owns a private facial studio. The recorded message for voicemail where customers leave messages about appointments says that we will return your call within the hour. In this particular case, a message was left at one in the morning, so I call back as soon as I open.)

    Caller: *answers phone groggily* “H-hello?”

    Me: “Oh, I’m sorry, did I wake you up?”

    Caller: “Yeah, you did. F*** you and goodbye.”

    Me: *taken aback* “Well, this is [name] from [facial studio], and I’m returning your call about an appointment.”

    Caller: “About time, b****. It’s been hours.”

    Me: “Haha, well, you did call at one in the morning.”

    Caller: “So?”

    Me: “So not only was I fast asleep, I wasn’t even at the studio.”

    Caller: “Well, you should have been. The only reason women like you work is to serve men like me.”

    Me: *irritated* “Oh really? What do you do?”

    Caller: “I’m a plumber. I do all the hard work that pansies like you can’t deal with, so when I want a treat, I expect every b**** to get ready for me.”

    Me: “I’m sorry about that, sir.”

    Caller: “Eh? Sorry?”

    Me: “I only work with polite customers.”

    (I could hear his yells and swearing as I hung up the phone.)

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    At Least We Know Her Natural Color

    | New Hampshire, USA | Rude & Risque

    (One of our stylists has just been fired, so one of her clients books with me for the first time. She is approximately 65 years old and uses a walker.)

    Me: “Hi! I’m [name], I’ll be taking care of you for your color today!”

    Client: “Hi, sweetie. Sorry, I’m a little slow. I just had a hip replacement.”

    (She stops dead in the middle of the busy salon, and without warning pulls down her pants. Apparently, she chose to go commando that day.)

    Client: “Look at this scar they gave me! It’s only a few months old.”

    Me: “Oh, that looks…uh…terrible. Why don’t you just have a seat and I’ll show you some color options…”

    Two And A Half Customers

    | San Jose, CA, USA | Family & Kids, Liars & Scammers

    (Our salon requires a credit card hold for parties of three or more to discourage last-minute cancellations. It doesn’t matter how old the customers are. Whether they are 3-year-olds or 80-year-olds, we still reserve a spot for them regardless. We have a lot of customers who try to get around the credit card rule.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling [salon], how can I help you?”

    Caller: “Hi, I wanted to make appointments for two people today.”

    Me: “Sure, what kind of services would you like?”

    Caller: “Two pedicures.”

    (I book the appointments, confirm with the caller, and am about to end the call.)

    Caller: “I also wanted to bring my daughter in for a kid’s pedi.”

    Me: “Oh okay, so you’re actually booking for three people?”

    Caller: *sounding annoyed* “Does she even count? She’s just a kid.”

    Me: “Yes, she does. She’s still a person.”

    Caller: “That’s ridiculous!”

    Take It Or Leave It

    | Canada | Top

    (When I do nails, I am required to ask the customer if they like the nail design after doing the first nail before moving onto the rest. This particular customer says she is satisfied. However, when I’m about to finish the last one, she complains.)

    Customer: “Ugh, this is just so ugly. I can’t believe you’re making me pay for this. I refuse to pay for something so ugly.”

    Me: “Ma’am, I asked you if you were okay with the design after I attached the first. Why didn’t you say that you didn’t like it then?”

    Customer: “Well, I thought I would like it once they were all on, but this is just too hideous!”

    Store owner: *walks over and starts removing the fake nails*

    Customer: “What are you doing?!”

    Store owner: “You said you didn’t like it and that you refuse to pay for it. We can’t let you walk out of the store with something you didn’t pay for.”

    Customer: “I was just joking! I was going to pay for it! I’ll pay for it!”

    Store owner: “No. You said you didn’t like it and that you thought it was hideous. We can’t let you leave the store with something we can’t be proud of.”

    (The store owner was completely serious: she removed every single one of the fake nails I attached before the customer could leave.)

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