Waxing Lyrical About Christmas Kindness

| OH, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(Several customers are purchasing wax cubes. You’re supposed to melt them in a wax burner, but I can’t help but sniff them while I’m ringing them out. I didn’t want to stop smelling one in particular. However, after seeing one of the customers looking at me funny, I quickly close it and put it with the others in the bag.)

Customer #1: “If you like those so much, you should buy some!”

Me: “Oh, I don’t have a wax burner.”

Customer #2: “You should get one! They smell really good when they’re melted, too!”

Me: “I’m a college student. I don’t have money!”

(The customers leave, only to later come back back through my line. They’re purchasing another lip balm and wax burner along with candy cane-scented wax. They start to walk away with just their lip balms and don’t grab their other items.)

Me: “Hey, wait, you forgot your bag!”

Customer #1: “That’s for you. Merry Christmas. You deserve it for trying to do something with your life!”

(I was nearly in tears for the rest of the evening! Thank you, kind customer!)

Wait Until You Hear The Sticking Point

| USA | Bizarre

(A male customer walks in with a large stick.)

Customer: “Hi, do you guys sell baby shoes?”

Me: “Yes we do, sir. They are right over there.” *points to the shoes*

Customer: “Okay, thanks.”

(He walks over and proceeds to go through them. A few minutes later, he brings to the counter some baby shoes.)

Me: “These are very cute shoes. You have nice taste.”

Customer: “Thank you.”

(He then takes the shoes and puts them on the end of his stick.)

Customer: “The bottoms getting a little worse for wear and I would hate to get rid of this nice stick. Shoes should do the trick!” *smiles and walks out*

Thinking Outside The Box, Part 3

| Ottawa, ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Holidays, Spouses & Partners, Theme Of The Month, Top

(I work for a big box retail location. It has been a busy day and I have been alone for a lot of my shift. I have been helping an elderly couple look for a TV for their grandchild for Christmas.)

Wife: “I think this is the one that we want. Can we test it out to make sure it works?”

Me: “Sure, just give me a couple minutes to set it up…”

(I set every thing up and get everything going for them. This whole time, the husband hasn’t said a single thing.)

Me: “Every thing seems to be in working order, but just in case, you do have 90 days to return it.”

Wife: “That sounds great! By the way, do you have one that hasn’t been opened? We’re giving it as a gift.”

Me: “Umm…”

Husband: *to wife* “Are you a moron? You had him open it up to make sure it worked and now you want one that he didn’t open? We’re taking the open one and if she doesn’t like it, we’ll return it.”

(The wife had a shocked expression on her face but didn’t protest it. I, on the other hand, wanted to shake that man’s hand for being the smartest person I had dealt with all day.)

Related:
Thinking Outside The Box, Part 2

A Real Life Cookie Monster

| New Zealand | Bizarre, Food & Drink, Spouses & Partners

(A middle aged couple comes to my checkout.)

Me: “Hello, how are you?”

Wife: “Fine, thank you.”

Husband: *grumbles*

(I proceed to pack their shopping, when suddenly the male customer starts looking angry.)

Husband: “I think you hate your job! I think you want to quit!”

Me: “Um, no… I quite enjoy it.”

Husband: “Well, you will get fired! You don’t show a proper respect!”

Wife: “Henry, calm down.”

Me: “I don’t know how I offended you, sir.”

Husband: “No, not to me! Show proper respect to those biscuits!”

Light On The Brain Cells

| Willow Grove, PA, USA | Bizarre, Family & Kids, School

(I am working in the office supplies section in late July.)

Customer: “Excuse me, miss, do you have any more of these pencil boxes?”

Me: “Right over here.” *points*

Customer: “Great. I need 29 more. I’m a first grade teacher.”

Me: “That’s nice of you.”

Customer: “There’s only five left in the blue.”

Me: “I apologize, but we do have 20 black ones left. Except for the color, they are identical.”

Customer: “I can’t get black for first graders. It will scare them.”

Me: “Okay. Well, you can try the back to school area, but I doubt they’ll have more than one or two blue left. You’ll have to keep coming back throughout the summer to get 29 more in the blue.”

Customer: “Okay, thank you.” *scoots off to school section*

(Not 15 minutes later, the customer is back putting black cases in her cart.)

Me: “I see you decided to get the black ones after all; excellent choice.”

Customer: “I know. Now I have to cover them in stickers so the children won’t be scared!”

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