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    Watashi Whaaa

    | United Kingdom | Language & Words, Musical Mayhem, Top

    (I really like Japanese animation and am learning Japanese as a second language so I listen to a lot of Japanese songs.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, what kind of music would you recommend? I want to know what CD I should buy.”

    Me: “Oh, I don’t think I listen to the kind of music you’d be interested in.”

    Customer: “That’s not very helpful. Just tell me what kind of music you like.”

    Me: “Well, I listen to a lot of Japanese songs.”

    Customer: “I love that song!”

    Me: “It’s not just one song. There are a lot of songs in Japanese.”

    Customer: “Really? How many.”

    Me: “Oh, far too many to count. There are thousands!”

    Customer: “Well that’s a bit silly, isn’t it, what’s the point in making songs in a language that no one can understand?”

    Me: “A lot of people understand Japanese.”

    Customer: “Like who?”

    Me: “The people who live in Japan?”

    Customer: “You mean Japan’s a real place?! Well, you learn something new every day!”

    Split Over Musical (Price) Differences

    | Calgary, AB, Canada | Musical Mayhem

    Customer: “Do you have [popular album]?”

    Me: “Yep. It’s right over here.”

    Customer: “That’s expensive.”

    Me: “That’s pretty average”

    Customer: “I bet [competitor] is cheaper.”

    Me: “I doubt it. We are usually a fair bit cheaper than them.”

    Customer: “I don’t know. I bet they are cheaper.”

    Me: “I don’t think they will be, but they are right upstairs if you want to take a peek and come back.  You will see that we are cheaper.”

    (The customer leaves and comes back 15 minutes later with our competitors bag.)

    Me: “Oh, were they cheaper?”

    Customer: “No, they were a lot more expensive. You should really stop recommending that place.”

    Pay The Price And Face The Music

    | Langley, BC, Canada | Books & Reading, Musical Mayhem

    (A customer is placing an order for sheet music over the phone.)

    Me: “How may I help you?”

    Customer: “I need books.”

    Me: “What are you looking for?”

    (The customer lists off three more items, all of which need to be ordered).

    Me: “I can order those for you. However, the store requires a full deposit on sheet music orders.”

    Customer: “Okay. How much is the last book? The Three Sonatas?”

    (The Three Sonatas is a collection of various sonatas by a specific composer.)

    Me: “$34.95.”

    Customer: “I just need one, though.”

    Me: “Unfortunately they’re not printed separately. It’s only available in this collection.”

    Customer: “It’s too expensive.”

    Me: “Then you don’t want me to order it?”

    Customer: “I need it.”

    Me: “So I’ll order it.”

    Customer: “No.”

    Me: “No?”

    Customer: “I need it. But you give me a discount.”

    Me: “Pardon?”

    Customer: “You order book. I’ll cut out the music I want, and pay discount.”

    Eva-nonsense

    | Bellevue, WA, USA | Language & Words, Musical Mayhem

    (I approach a teenage girl who seems to be looking for something.)

    Customer: “Do you have the Evanescence CD?”

    Me: “That would be over here. It looks like the only one we have left right now is a Australian import version, if that is okay with you?”

    Customer: “What does that mean? Is she singing in Australian or something?”

    Something To Be Emo About

    | Houston, TX, USA |

    (A skinny teenager, dressed all in black, approaches us.)

    Customer: “Have you heard anything about last night’s Marilyn Manson concert?”

    Me: “Not really my thing, sorry.”

    Customer: “Oh, so I take it you don’t like Manson?”

    Me: “It’s just been done.”

    Customer: “I don’t get what you mean.”

    Me: “I mean the whole ‘evil’ shtick’s been done before. Alien Sex Fiend did it back in the 70s; Ozzie Osbourne did it; Alice Cooper did it. It’s been done.”

    Customer: *mulls on this for a moment* “Oh… oh, my God. You’re right!”


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