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    Grill The Sandwiches, Not The Staff

    | Boise, ID, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

    (My boyfriend and I are getting lunch from the deli. Standing next to me is a customer, ordering a sandwich from a different worker.)

    Customer: “Do you speak English? How many times do I have to tell you? No cheese!”

    Deli Worker: “Alright, ma’am.”

    Customer: “Why is this taking so long? Hurry up!”

    Deli Worker: “I’ll have your order done shortly.”

    (The bread on the sandwich breaks, and the employee looks panicked.)

    Deli Worker: “Would you like me to remake your sandwich?”

    Customer: “Just put the d*** thing in a bag so I can go!”

    Deli Worker: “Are you sure?”

    (The customer turns to me.)

    Customer: “Does anyone speak English in this place?!”

    Me: “There is no reason to be so rude.”

    Customer: “But he asked me if I wanted cheese! I wrote down ‘no cheese’ and he still asked me!”

    Me: “So what? Ma’am, he is trying his best, and being patient with you. You need to calm down.”

    Customer: “This is ridiculous! What is wrong with you people?”

    (I reach up to gather my order, which is now ready.)

    Customer: “D*** it, look at me when I’m talking to you!”

    Me: “No, thank you.”

    (I give the employees a huge grin.)

    Me: “Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day, guys!”

    Customer: “Why doesn’t anyone speak English?!”

    (Both deli workers give me an appreciative smile. The one that made my food runs over to the register and puts a sticker on my plate; my lunch is free!)

    It’s Cent-less To Argue

    | Allentown, PA, USA | At The Checkout, Math & Science, Money

    (I am a cashier at the front end of a grocery store. A customer hands me four $1 bills.)

    Customer: “$3.50 in quarters please!”

    Me: “Excuse me, sir?”

    Customer: “You heard me; I’d like $3.50 in quarters.”

    Me: “Wouldn’t you just like the $4 in quarters?”

    Customer: “No? If I wanted that, then I would have asked for $4 in quarters.”

    Me: “Then how would you like the remaining $0.50?”

    Customer: “What remaining $0.50? Look, I don’t know what is so hard about this.”

    (I just gave the customer his $4 worth of quarters, and he walked away.)

    How To Deflate The Bag

    | IL, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Top

    (I work in the produce section of a grocery store. I have just witnessed a customer pretty much destroy our bagged-salad section. The customer is just pulling bags out of their holders and dropping them where ever, and quite obviously on purpose. The customer has no idea I’ve been watching her. After she stops her destruction, I head over to put it back together. The customer comes back, and starts a conversation.)

    Customer: “It’s just a shame that someone would do that to you! I can’t believe some people!”

    Me: “Bah, it’s not really a big deal.”

    Customer: “…not really a big deal?”

    Me: “No, not at all. I look at it this way: If a customer has to get their kicks by coming into this grocery store and trying to get a rise out of the employees by messing up a portion of the store, then that customer’s life is obviously more pathetic than mine.”

    Customer: *open mouthed stare*

    Me: “So, was there anything else you needed tonight?”

    Customer: “No… thanks…”

    Scamming In Full Bloom

    | Bolton, England, UK | Liars & Scammers

    (I am a supervisor working a 10-hour shift on the hottest day of the year. As it is the evening shift, there are only two of us on. I have sent my colleague on her break so I am at the till.)

    Customer: “Can I speak to the manager please?”

    Me: “Both the Store Manager and Team Manager aren’t here, but I am the supervisor if you have any problems.”

    Customer: “Well I bought some flowers yesterday. They were for a friend who has cancer. When I got home I noticed they were in terrible condition. Probably caused by the heat.”

    Me: “Do you have a receipt?”

    Customer: “No.”

    Me: “Okay, do you have the flowers with you?”

    Customer: “No. I threw them out.”

    Me: “Well, I’m sorry; I can’t do anything without either of those two things. How much did they cost?”

    Customer: “£10.”

    (I find this odd, because we only sell £10 flowers during occasions like Mother’s Day or Christmas.)

    Me: “Well, there is nothing I can do without the proof of purchase and the product itself. I need to be able to scan the product to refund it. I can’t just give you £10 out of my till.”

    Customer: *patronizing tone* “Look, sweetie, you don’t really know how retail works. If a product is bad, you get a refund. You probably became a supervisor by sucking your way up the food chain. Now give me my money, or I’ll call head office on you!”

    Me: “Please don’t say things like that. And by all means, call them! They will tell you exactly the same thing I’m telling you. They’ll also tell you that the flowers in question haven’t been sold at this store for nearly two months.”

    Customer: “Listen here, you little piece of—”

    (My coworker returns from break.)

    Coworker: “What’s going on here?”

    Me: “I was just about to give this gentleman this phone so he can ring head office, and tell them what a terrible cashier and supervisor I am. Also, out of curiosity, what time did you buy these supposed flowers yesterday?”

    Customer: “I bought them yesterday afternoon!”

    Me: “[Coworker], did you sell flowers that we don’t even stock that cost £10 to this man yesterday?”

    Coworker: “Nope!”

    Me: “Neither did I. And since we are the only two people on after midday, I think I’ll call the police.”

    (I had no intention of calling the police, but the customer bolted out all the same. Instead, I called all the company stores in the area and told them to watch out for him. It turned out he had already caught out a young impressionable Saturday worker. Eventually, I heard the police caught up with him!)

    No Produce Reduce

    | TX, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink, Money

    (The customer in question is our grocery store’s former produce manager. She was encouraged to ‘retire’, because she was caught raising the prices of the produce so her sales would be better. She has a return and a few items, so I do her return and scan her items to balance out the difference in which she only owes me one cent.)

    Me: “Okay, your total is one cent.”

    Customer: “That’s not right. The onions are ringing up wrong.”

    (I look at my screen, and the onions she bought were ringing up 68 cents a pound.)

    Me: “They’re only 68 cents.”

    Customer: “They are supposed to be 99 cents a pound! That’s what the sign says.”

    Me: “Those are for large onions. You bought medium ones.”

    Customer: “Well… I guess I’ll take them for that price, but your new produce manager needs to learn how to price things right.”

    (She storms out in a huff, and my manager walks over.)

    Manager: “Did she just… want to pay the higher price?”

    Me: “Yes… and while you’re here, I’m reaching into my pocket to get the penny that she forgot to pay me for her stuff.”

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