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    In-Tent Is Lacking

    | MN, USA | Tourists/Travel

    Me: “[Campgrounds], how can I help you?”

    Customer: “Do you have any places available?”

    Me: “Yes, we have sites open. What kind are you looking for?”

    Customer: “I want to go camping.”

    Me: “Do you want water and electricity or just a plain site?”

    Customer: “Just a site.”

    Me: “Ok, so we’ll see you this weekend. I just need your name and I’ll reserve it.”

    Customer: “Do you have the houses with zippers?”

    Me: “You mean a tent?”

    Customer: “Yeah, the house with a zipper. Do you have them?”

    Me: “No, you bring your own.”

    Customer: “Oh. Do you know where I can get one?”

    (I list a few generic stores.)

    Customer: “Okay, thank you. Do you have water?”

    Me: “No, your site doesn’t have a water hook-up. You can fill up at any site not being used.”

    Customer: “What can I fill up?”

    Me: “A water bottle, a pail or anything.”

    Customer: “Do you have coolers for us?”

    Me: “No, you have to bring your own.”

    Customer: “Where can I get one?”

    Tripped Up

    | Georgia, USA | Family & Kids

    (One of the kids at my martial arts camp has gotten so bad that I have to call to his mother.)

    Me: “Ma’am, your son has not been paying attention during training, and is disrupting the other kids.”

    Mother: “Well, maybe my son needs a male influence instead of a little girl!”

    Me: “The kids are arranged according to proficiency level. We can’t move him.”

    Mother: “That’s funny…you say you can’t control him, but you can threaten to throw him down a flight of stairs easily enough!”

    Me: “Who told you I threatened to throw him down a flight of stairs?”

    Mother: “He did! He said you threatened to throw him down the stairs!”

    Me: “Ma’am, this is a one-story building.”

    *brief pause*

    Mother: “I will talk to him tonight.”

    This Child Has Few Reservations

    | Asheville, NC, USA | Family & Kids

    Child: “Excuse me, but I have a question.”

    Me: “What is it?”

    Child: “Do you believe in Native Americans?”

    Me: *slight pause* “Yes. Yes, I do.”

    Child: “That’s good to know.”

    From The Mouth Of Babes, Part 3

    | Athens, GA, USA | Family & Kids

    (A six year old girl comes up to me very anxiously while waiting in line to get food.)

    Girl: “Ma’am, what’s this?”

    Me: “What’s what?”

    Girl: “This!” *I notice she’s holding her crotch*

    Me: “You mean your skirt?”

    Girl: “No, the thing under it!”

    Me: “I…I…I don’t know. Ask your mom.”

    Girl: “Ugh! I already did, and she doesn’t know either!”

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    Blood Must Run Thick In Their Family

    | Austin, TX, USA | Family & Kids

    (I am calling a mother about her 3-year-old son, who is exhibiting signs of pink-eye.)

    Me: “I’m calling from [camp name] about your son.”

    Customer: “Oh no, is he all right?”

    Me: “Well, there seems to be something wrong with his eye. It’s swollen and he hasn’t been able to stop itching it, and it’s very red and inflamed.”

    Customer: “Is he bleeding?”

    Me: “Well, no. But I think it might be a good idea to pick him up and maybe take him to your family doctor.”

    Customer: “So he’s not bleeding?”

    Me: *pause* “No. But these symptoms can sometimes be indicators of something serious and often contagious. I really think you should come get him.”

    Customer: “Why are you calling me if he’s not bleeding?”


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