November Theme Of The Month: Black Friday!

Manners Matter When You’re Madder

, | New York, NY, USA | Money

(An older, unkempt-looking man comes up to my counter.)

Me: “Hello, and welcome to [restaurant]. Can I take your order, sir?”

Customer: “Uh, yeah. Sure.”

Me: “What would you like?”

Customer: *pauses* “What do you want?”

Me: “Sir, what would you like to eat?”

Customer: “Stop rushing me, woman! Let me have some coffee!”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir. What kind of coffee would you like? We have—”

(The customer throws a twenty dollar bill on the counter and starts shouting profanities at me and the other customers in the line.)

Customer: “D*** kids these days! Just give me my f***ing coffee, b****!”

Me: “I apologize, sir, but I can’t serve you if you don’t tell me what kind of coffee you would like. Unfortunately, you are disrupting the other patrons and I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”

Customer: “I’LL LEAVE ‘CUZ I WANT TO LEAVE!” *leaves in a huff*

(In his haste, the customer left his twenty dollar bill on the counter. He never returned, so I ended up paying for the next few customers’ meals with the money that he left behind.)

The Engendered Confusion

, | Miami, FL, USA | Food & Drink, Math & Science

(I’m in the back taking money and orders when a customer pulls up to my window.)

Customer: “I heard that your chicken sandwiches aren’t made of chicken. I heard they’re actually made of rooster.”

Me: “Excuse me?”

Customer: “Your chicken sandwiches aren’t made of chickens, but roosters, right?”

Me: “Roosters are chickens, sir.”

Customer: “No, they’re not!”

Me: “Yes, roosters are male chickens and hens are female chickens.”

Customer: “Oh, it’s like that human thing, too…boy and girl! I see…” *drives off without ordering anything*

Burger Budgeting 101

, | USA | Food & Drink

(I’m eating a hamburger. I see the man next to me carefully picking a slab of cheese out of his burger, wrapping it in a paper napkin, and eating the rest of the burger. It puzzles me, so I ask him about it.)

Me: *point at napkin* “Excuse me, but why did you do that?”

Man: “Oh, every time I eat a burger, I set one ingredient aside. At the end of the week, I have a free burger!”

Option Overload, Part 2

, | Illinois, USA | Food & Drink

Customer: “I would like a number eight. That comes with a fruit punch, right?”

Me: “It comes with a large drink of your choice.”

Customer: “The sign shows fruit punch.”

Me: “Yes, but you can get what you want.”

Customer: “But the sign shows fruit punch!”

Option Overload

Eating For Free (And For Two)

, | Durham, NC, USA | Food & Drink

(I work at a fast food restaurant gives customers their meals for free if they have been waiting a long time. This particular day, I’ve been told to void the next couple of cars. One girl in her 20s pulls up while talking on the phone.)

Me: “Hello! I’m sorry for your wait. Your meal is on the house.”

Customer: “Oh, really?! That’s awesome!”

Me: “There’s your meal! Have a great day.”

Customer: *into her phone* “Dude, [restaurant] just gave me my food for free! Yeah, and it was like a six dollar meal!” *quietly so we can’t hear* “I might be pregnant, but this just makes up for it!”