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A Poser By Any Other Name, Part 2

| Newark, NJ, USA | At The Checkout, Liars & Scammers, Money, Uncategorized

(I’m not working, but I’m shopping. I’m at the register when the man in front of me starts yelling at the cashier at the top of his lungs.)

Customer: “You can’t do this, d*** it! My coupons are good! Take them!”

Cashier: “Sir, these coupons are expired. I’m not allowed–”

Customer: “If you don’t take it, you’re gonna be expired! Take my coupons or I’ll sue! I’m a lawyer! I’ll sue you in court!”

(I tap him on the shoulder.)

Customer: “WHAT?!”

Me: *calmly* “Are you a prosecutor or defense attorney?”

Customer: “W-what?”

Me: “Are you with the state, or private firm?”

Customer: “What?”

Me: “Where did you go to law school?”


Me: “Sir, impersonating an agent of the state is a serious offense. Furthermore, there are enough witnesses and evidence to hold you in court for harassment, threatening, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. I’m a prosecutor. I’m with the state. My recommendation? You leave, before I make all this official.”

(The customer runs out of the store, leaving half paid-for groceries behind. The cashier is grinning.)

Cashier: “You want some free stuff?”

A Poser By Any Other Name

Penny For Your Thoughtlessness

| Westchester, NY, USA | At The Checkout, Money, Uncategorized

(I am working as a cashier at a gourmet food store. A lady walks up with one item and a giant jar full of pennies. I ring her up.)

Me: “That will be three dollars ma’am.”

Customer: “Okay, here you go.”

(She puts the jar down on the counter.)

Me: “I’m sorry ma’am, what is the jar for?”

Customer: “It’s how I’m paying. Are you blind?”

Me: “I’m sorry ma’am, do you have any cash?”

Customer: “No I don’t! I’m just paying in pennies for the fun of it. Get counting!”

(She proceeds to dump the pennies onto the counter. I finish counting out the 300 pennies.)

Customer: “Could you have taken any longer?”

(She storms off. The next customer walks up with just one item.)

Customer #2: *without missing a beat* “I know this is going to be $5.01. Can you spare a penny?”

Throw In A Chilean For Some Kick

| Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Food & Drink, Funny Names, Uncategorized

(There is a customer in the refrigerated dairy section, looking lost.)

Me: “Can I help you find something?”

Customer: *grabs my arm* “Oh, yes! I’m looking for cheese.”

Me: “Well, it would be in this aisle. What kind of cheese?”

Customer: “You know, it’s white, and has little green flecks of Filipino.”

Me: “Uhm, I don’t think we have that. Do you mean jalapeño?”

Customer: “Yes, that’s it!”

Dog Gone Crazy

| North Miami, FL, USA | Funny Names, Language & Words, Pets & Animals, Uncategorized

(A customer who doesn’t seem to speak much English walks up to me.)

Customer: “Where is chili?”

Me: “Are you looking for chili mix or pre-made chili?”

Customer: “Is chili in can?”

(I tell him where to find the canned chili. A few minutes later, he comes up to me again.)

Customer: “Sorry, I no find it. Help please?”

Me: “Do you know what brand it was?”

Customer: “It has picture of dog.”

Me: “A dog logo? I can’t think of a brand that makes chili and has a dog logo.”

Customer: “Is called… ah… What is it… um… [dog food brand]! Yes, that’s it! [Dog food brand] is name! The one with the dog!”

Me: “Sir… [dog food brand] is a brand of dog food.”

Customer: “Yes! Yes! Is chili with dog picture! Where is it? My family love it!”

Not Being Paid To Navel Gaze

| Phoenix, AZ, USA | At The Checkout, Uncategorized

(My customer is an old friend I have not seen since high school.)

Customer: *showing off her belly* “Seven months! The baby kicks sometimes, do you want to feel?”

Me: “Sure!”

(I finish with my customer, and move on to the next customer in line, an older man.)

Customer: *rubbing his belly and grinning* “Mine growls sometimes! Wanna feel mine too?”