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    Things Just Got Weird

    | USA | Bizarre, Books & Reading

    (A teenage male comes in and asks for a book. After receiving it, he goes and stands in the middle of an open space, directly in my line of sight, and starts fidgeting and wiggling. He hasn’t checked out yet.)

    Him: “I’m not stealing anything, I swear.”

    (He’s been in my eyesight the whole time he’s been in the store and I know he hasn’t touched anything. The only books he passed by are huge coffee table books that he couldn’t hide in his current possessions.)

    Me: “I know you haven’t.”

    Him: “Well, I won’t. I swear. I’ll keep my hands right here!”

    (He thrusts his hands in his pockets, but only lasts a second before taking them back out and fidgeting around some more – hands in his hair, messing with his shirt, etc.)

    Me: “Do I need to be worried?”

    Him: “No, no… I’m just standing here because if I don’t… I’ll… do things.”

    Me: “Things?”

    Him: “Bad things…”

    (After about five minutes his dad came in and bought him a book on black magic. The kid said thank you and left. No inventory was missing.)

    That’s One For The Books

    | USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre, Books & Reading

    (A customer drives up to the store, gets out, comes in, and walks directly up to the counter without looking at a single book or item for sale. Before I can even welcome him…)

    Customer: “You are going to lose your job.”

    Me: *shocked* “I am?”

    Customer: “No one likes books anymore. Your store is going to shut down and you’ll be out of a job.”

    (He turned around, walked out without looking at a single item, jumped in his car, and left.)

    Doesn’t Understand The ‘Custom’ Part Of Customer, Part 2

    | Victoria, BC, Canada | Crazy Requests

    (I answer the phone on a busy day.)

    Me: “Hello, [Bookstore]. How may I help you?

    Customer: “Hello. Can you tell me if [Competitor] has [Book]?”

    Me: “Er… well, I don’t know about [Competitor] but I can tell you that our store has it in stock.”

    Customer: “You’re downtown, aren’t you?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Customer: “Well that won’t do. I’m not going downtown; I live much closer to [Competitor]. Find out if they have it!”

    (If she managed to find our phone number, how hard would it have been to find their number?!)

    Doesn’t Understand The ‘Custom’ Part Of Customer

    Been Reading To Him Since Way Before He Was Born

    | Seattle, WA, USA | Books & Reading, Extra Stupid, Family & Kids

    Customer: “Can you recommend a book for my son?”

    Me: “Sure, how old is he?”

    Customer: “Three.”

    Me: “Okay. What’s he into?”

    Customer: “I don’t know. I haven’t seen him in five years.”

    Me: “Um, he’s three?”

    Customer: “That’s what I said.”

    Me: “But… you haven’t seen him in five years?”

    Customer: “Yeah, messy divorce. I just moved back to Seattle. I used to read him bedtime stories.”

    Me: “How old was he?”

    Customer: “You know, like a toddler.”

    Me: “I think you’re missing something. He was three when you left, but it’s five years later. Your son is eight now…”

    Found The ID But Lost The Plot

    | VA, USA | Bizarre, Extra Stupid

    (In college, I work at the bookstore. Students can use their ID cards to make purchases, and the charges would go on their bill with tuition, room and board, etc. If a student attempted to make a purchase with an ID that had been replaced, I would see an error message, and the student would need to use a different method of payment. This happens as I am finishing a transaction.)

    Me: “Your total is [total]. How would you like to pay?”

    Student: *hands me ID card*

    Me: *gets error message that the ID has been lost/stolen* “I’m sorry, but your ID card has been replaced. I need your new ID to process the sale.”

    Student: “No, no, no. This is the new ID. I just got it yesterday.”

    Me: “This can’t be the new ID because I’m getting an error message that this card has been reported lost or stolen. That message only comes up after you’ve replaced an ID.”

    Student: *puts both hands on counter and leans in* “Do you meant to tell me that I somehow managed to lose my original ID, get it replaced, lose the new ID, and then find my old ID without noticing?!”

    Me: “Um, yes?”

    Student: *agitated* “How is that even possible?!” *storms out*

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