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    Fickle Over A Nickel, Part 2

    | MD, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Money

    (I am currently checking out a line of customers. I hand a lady her change which is roughly $0.94. She counts it then hands me back a nickel.)

    Customer: “This is not a nickel. This is Canadian. I want an American nickel.

    Me: “Ma’am, it is still worth five cents. Any store will accept it.”

    Customer: “IT’S NOT AMERICAN!”

    Me: “Okay, ma’am, let me call my manager. She has to open my drawer for me so that I can exchange the nickel.”

    (I call the manager and pray for her to hurry up.)

    Customer: “IT’S NOT AMERICAN!”

    (My manager is being very slow and thankfully the customer behind her pulls some change out of his pocket and hands her a nickel.)

    Customer #2: “Here, ma’am. Take this.”

    Customer #1: “Thank you.”

    (Customer #1 begins to walk to the door but overhears me talking to Customer #2.)

    Me: “Here, sir, would you like this Canadian nickel, it is still worth five cents.”

    Customer #2: “Thank you.”

    Customer #1: *standing half way out the door shouting at me* “IT IS NOT AMERICAN!”

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    In Too Deep (Voice)

    , | Canada | At The Checkout, Health & Body

    (I’m a fairly feminine looking guy and my voice is relatively high. Sometimes I get mistaken for a girl. I’m checking a lady out at the register.)

    Customer: “You have beautiful eyes. Has anyone ever told you that?”

    Me: “Thank you! That’s very kind of you!”

    Customer: “I see you here all the time and you’re so friendly and fun to talk to. I’d love to speak with your manager about your excellent service!”

    Me: “Wow! Thank you so much! Unfortunately my manager isn’t in today, though. I think she’ll be in tomorrow.”

    Customer: “All right, then. I’ll give the store a call tomorrow to speak with her. What’s your name, Miss?”

    Me: “Sam.”

    Customer: “Your full name?”

    Me: “… Samuel.”

    Customer: “… Oh.”

    Me: *quietly, trying to make my voice a little deeper* “Would you like your receipt?”

    A Race To Be At The Place

    | LA, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior

    (Customer #1 is paying with a check. She’s one of our regulars, and a very nice person, but it does take her a little bit of time to write all the information on her check. Customer #2 is in line behind her.)

    Customer #2: “Oh, dear gawd. How long is this gonna take?”

    Me: “Just a moment, ma’am. We need to finish up here.”

    Customer #2: “Some of us ain’t got all day. We don’t go ‘round wasting other people’s time, but here they be wastin’ ours. F*** this!”

    Me: “We’re almost done, and stop cussing. Okay?”

    Customer #1: “Thank you, sweetie. Are we done? Okay, fine. Have a good day, now!”

    Customer #2: *mockingly* “Have a good day! Have a good day! Get your old a** out my way!”

    (I silently ring up the rude customer’s purchases, and then tell her the total. She pulls a plastic baggie from her purse and starts counting it out in loose change. It’s a large total, and several times she gets a text on her phone and then loses track of her count. All in all, it takes nearly ten minutes for her to pay.)

    Customer #2: “There! We done? I got places to be!”

    (Customer #2 then strolls out the door and stands leaning on the lamp post next to the street, talking on her cell phone. I start ringing up the next customer.)

    Customer #3: “Yep. That’s her place to be, I guess.”

    Very Shy To TMI

    | USA | At The Checkout, Rude & Risque

    (I am a cripplingly shy teenage girl, in line at a dollar store. The elderly customer behind me has noticed my shirt, which says ‘Top Ten Reasons I Procrastinate:’, and is otherwise blank.)

    Customer: “Hey, I like your shirt! You know, I wanted to procrastinate, but I kept putting it off.”

    Me: *laughs nervously*

    (The man starts putting his items on the conveyor belt.)

    Customer: “We’re gonna have fuuuuun tonight.”

    (I glance back and notice that he’s buying 10 bottles of baby oil, and nothing else. I turn bright red and turn away.)

    Customer: *laughing* “Aw, I think I scared her.”

    (An elderly woman has just come up behind the elderly customer.)

    Woman: “What’s that?”

    (The customer explains what’s just happened to the woman—his wife.))

    Woman: “Oh! Haha!” *she walks up to me* “You see, things tend to dry out when you get older!”

    Angels In America

    | GA, USA | Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Top

    (I’m stocking a shelf. I notice a customer with her five-year-old daughter. They both look like they’ve been through a hard time.)

    Little Girl: “Mama, I’m hungry.”

    (The mother looks near tears.)

    Mother: “I know baby; I’m sorry. Mommy only has $5, so we have to find food that will stretch until next week when mommy gets paid.”

    Little Girl: “Okay.”

    (I see a another customer with a baby in a cart walk up to the woman.)

    Another Customer: “Excuse me, I couldn’t help but overhear you. I don’t mean to put you on the spot, but I’d like to help you.”

    (The other customer holds out a $20 bill. The mother starts to cry.)

    Mother: “You don’t even know me, and you’re trying to help me. My husband walked out. I work a minimum wage job, and it’s just been so hard. You’re the first person who has shown me such kindness in a long time, and you’re a stranger to me.”

    Another Customer: “I’m someone who thinks the world would work a bit better if people paid it forward a little more. I might not know you, but I know you’ve been dealt a bad hand. When’s the last time you ate? I’m sure you’re making sure your daughter eats, but when’s the last time you did?”

    Mother: “How did you—”

    Another Customer “Because you’re a mother.”

    Mother: “I… thank you so much! This will really help. Are you sure?”

    Another Customer: “I’m positive. You know you can get some of the stuff here ‘2 for 1’, so that can help.”

    Mother: “Thank you… thank you so much! I’ll find a way to pay you back.”

    Another Customer: “There’s no need to do that. I hope things get better for you, and when they do, you can pay it forward.”

    Mother: “Thank you so much.”

    (I’m called to the front, so I don’t see the rest of the exchange. The mother and daughter come through my lane with a cart full of food.)

    Little Girl: “Mommy, was that lady an angel?”

    Mother: “Yes baby, she was.”

    (Their total comes to just under the 25 dollars the mother had. I relate the story to my manager. When the other customer comes up with her daughter, my manager has a gift card for $20 waiting for her. That customer comes in every month or so, and we all refer to her as the angel.)

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