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    Fun With Language Barriers

    , | Seattle, WA, USA | Top

    (I worked at this little burger joint in Seattle. I’m white, but I’m bilingual. Our grill workers all spoke primarily Spanish, so I would talk to customers in English and call back orders in Spanish.)

    Old Man Customer: “Now, what is a pretty young thing like you doing speaking the Dirty Man’s Language?”

    Me: “Excuse me, sir?”

    Old Man Customer: “You should be speaking English! Its only natural, here in America!”

    Me: “It’s just fastest, sir. The language communicates more efficiently in an environment like this.”

    (I was not about to tell him that the grill workers were mostly South American immigrants, after hearing his first reaction.)

    Old Man Customer: “Have some pride in your country! SPEAK ENGLISH when you call back my order, do you understand?”

    Me, knowing full well that his order wouldn’t actually come through if I did that: “I’m sorry, sir. I’m afraid it’s procedure.”

    Old Man Customer: “I want to speak with your manager! This restaurant is just UNAMERICAN!”

    Manager, who had been working the register next to me: “Si, señor?”

    Old Man Customer: *storms out*

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    , | USA |

    (The place I work at, our dining room closes at 10pm but the drive-through stays open all night. I had just locked both the dining room doors when a man comes up and starts banging on the 1st door. We start talking through the door.)

    Me: “Sorry, we’re closed.”

    Customer: “You screwed up my order!”

    Me: “I’m sorry. You could go through our drive-through and they’d be happy to help you.”

    Customer: “I just came through! They’re the ones that messed it up.”

    Me: “I’m really sorry about that, if you go through again they’ll fix it for you.”

    Customer: “I don’t have my car!”

    Me: “But you said you just went through?”

    Customer: “Yeah, but I don’t have my car anymore.”

    Me: “I can give you our store number. If you call, we’ll replace your order tomorrow.”

    Customer: “Just open the door!”

    Me: “I can’t sir, we’re closed.”

    (The man then walks around the store to the 2nd door and starts banging there.)

    Me: “Sir, the only way we can fix this is if you go through the drive-through or give us a call.”

    Customer: “I don’t have a phone!”

    Me: “You can save your receipt and show it to us tomorrow. We’ll replace the whole order.”

    Customer: “This is bullshit!”

    (He then enters the drive-through on foot, weaving through cars in line, gets between the drive-through window and a car waiting to order and starts banging on the glass.)

    Manager: “I’m sorry sir, I can’t open the window unless you’re in a car.”

    Customer: “I don’t have my car anymore and you messed up my order. Tell your employees to open the door.”

    Manager: “I’m sorry, we can’t unlock the doors once we’re closed. That’s our policy. If you return in the morning, we’ll be glad to help.”

    Customer: “Don’t f*ck with me. I’ll call the cops on you! You can’t refuse service to me!”

    (Just then, a car pulls up behind him. The woman driving rolls down her window.)

    Woman: “Get in the f*cking car! Its not that big a deal.”

    Customer: “They won’t fix our order!”

    Woman: “Get in the f*cking car! This is f*cking embarrassing!”

    (The man gets in and the car pulls up to the window.)

    Woman: “I’m sorry. All that happened was you forgot to give us a burrito.”

    Manager: “We’ll get that for you right away.”

    (As soon as window is closed, the woman starts yelling at the man again.)

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    The Straw Man

    , | Brisbane, Australia |

    (Holding a large box of straws, I walk out towards the customers side of the registers during lunch time at a busy shopping center fast food restaurant, to refill all the straw holders.)

    Me: “Excuse me, sir…”

    (I walk up beside the customer, but still giving him some space despite the fact it was busy and crowded.)

    Angry Customer: “To hell with that c**p, Why do you get to go first? I’ve been waiting here for TEN MINUTES!”

    Me: “I’m just…”

    Angry Customer: “You’re just impatient, thats your problem, wait in line like the rest of us.”

    (A lot of other customers were staring at him, he had clearly not even realized I was in uniform.)

    Me: “Sorry sir, I work here and I need to refill these straws, a lady complained before because all the straw holders had run out.”

    Angry Customer: “Well why are you doing that NOW? Couldn’t you have picked a better time to do it?! I lined up here and all I want is a lousy meal and your in my way…” *continues on and on*

    Me: “Look, it’s our policy to not hand out straws because of hygiene reasons, so I must refill the straws so the customers can take them themselves so they can you know, drink?”

    Angry Customer, loudly: “You’re very rude. I want to talk to your manager immediately!”

    Me, sarcastically, as he had not noticed *MANAGER* on my name badge: “Hi, I am the manager on duty. My name is ****. What seems to be the problem?”

    (Other customers nearby giggle/laugh.)

    Angry Customer: “Well thats just f**king great, what a piece of s**t place anyway. F**k!”

    (Angry customer storms off after wasting about 15 minutes of his life over some straws.)

    Alignment, Lawful Good; Wisdom, -6

    , | Englewood, FL, USA |

    Customer: “Yes, do your combo meals come with a Coke?”

    Me: “Yes ma’am, they come with fries and a drink.”

    Customer: “But what if I wanted something other than Coke?”

    Me: “Well, you fill your drink yourself around the corner over there, so you can get whatever you want.”

    Customer: “Oh, okay.” *customer places order*

    Me: *sets out tray with receipt on top*

    Customer: *looks at receipt, suddenly frowns* “Hey, it says ‘Coke’ on here for a drink. I didn’t order a Coke!”

    Me: “That just means you ordered a drink.”

    Customer: “But I didn’t want a Coke!”

    Me: “That’s fine, ma’am. You can put whatever you’d like in your drink at the drink machines back there.”

    Customer: “BUT IT SAYS COKE ON THE RECEIPT!”

    Me: “All of the soft drinks are the same prices. It doesn’t matter what it says on the receipt.”

    Customer: “Oh…” *leaves with her cup and fills her drink*

    Coworkers: *laugh for the next ten minutes*

    Nonsensical Hypotheticals

    , | San Diego, CA, USA |

    (Customer has pulled up the the drive-thru after ordering a coffee.)

    Customer: “Can you add the cream and sugar for me?”

    Me: “It’s against policy to do that to prevent contamination.”

    Customer: “Well, what if I had no arms?”

    Me: *dumb founded*

    Customer: “If I spill the cream as I’m adding it while driving, I’m going to sue you!”

    Me: “Sir, you’re in a parking lot. You can pull over.”

    *customer speeds off*

    Manager: “If he didn’t have arms, how would he be driving?!”

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