(I am working in the garden shop. Note that we’re experiencing 60 mph winds.)
Customer: "You people really have a problem out here!"
Me: "I’m sorry sir, what seems to be the issue?"
Customer: "You have trees blowing over all over the place!"
Me: "I do apologize. We have been trying to contain them, but mother nature is winning."
Customer: "Screw your mother nature! Just take them inside. It’s where they belong anyway!"
Customer: “I need to return this paint. It’s the wrong color.”
Me: “What color did you need?”
Customer: “I needed white. This is blanco.”
Me: “Sir, this is a gallon of white paint. ‘Blanco’ is white in Spanish.”
Customer: “I don’t need Spanish white.”
Me: “Hi, how can I help you?”
Customer: “What is a pebble?”
Me: “Well, it’s a very small rock…generally smooth.”
Customer: “Fine, where do you sell pebbles?”
Me: “Right at the back of the garden section, sir.”
Customer: “Are your pebbles heat-resistant?”
Me: “I’m not sure, but I could call one of our garden specialists to help you.”
Customer: “Never mind! I need heat resistant rocks!” (He shows me a rock.) “Is this rock limestone? Limestone is heat resistant.”
Me: “I can’t tell if it’s limestone just from looking, but limestone has a lot of calcium in it, so if you dip it in vinegar and fizzes up, it’s probably limestone.”
Customer: “Forget it! You are worthless! I’ll just stick this in the microwave and see if it’s heat resistant!”
(He storms off. He came back the next day…for a new microwave.)
Customer: “I need your assistance with these lights here. Do I just plug these into the dirt?”
Me: “They’re solar powered, so you stick them into your lawn and they’ll charge during the day so they can shine during the evening. Right now they’re on clearance for $14.98.”
Customer: “How many batteries will I have to buy? I always get things like this on sale and then you trick me because I have to buy batteries.”
Me: “They’re solar powered.”
Customer: “I just want to know how many batteries I need.”
Me: “Well these particular lights only need one battery. It’s big and yellow and floats in the sky. It’s called the Sun.”
Customer: “Never mind, then. That sounds awfully expensive.”
Customer: “Excuse me, do you sell christmas trees?”
Me: “Yes, we do in the Garden Center.”
(A few minutes later, the customer returns.)
Customer: “I can’t seem to find them.”
Me: “Okay, I’ll show you where they are.”
(I leads to Garden Center and points out section donated to the trees.)
Me: “They’re right there, ma’am.”
Customer: “No, you’re wrong. Those are evergreens! I want a Christmas Tree!”
Me: “Ma’am, evergreens are Christmas trees.”
Customer: “No, they’re different! I want a Christmas tree, not some stupid evergreen!”
Me: “Ma’am, they are the same.”
Customer: “No, they are not! Christmas trees stay green all year round, and evergreens lose their leaves!”