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    Leave Your Baggage At The Checkout

    | Perth, Australia | Top

    (I am checking out a customer.)

    Customer #1: “No, no, no! I want the fruit in a separate bag.”

    Me: “No problem. I was just going to do that anyway.”

    Customer #1: “No, I want them separate. They’ll get squashed.”

    Me: “So, separate from each other?”

    Customer #1: “Yes, of course! Or they’ll get bruised.”

    (By this point, the customer has been rude enough. I put each piece of fruit in its own individual bag while he pays. When he has rushed off, both I and the next customer notice he has left three of the four bags of fruit behind.)

    Me: “Sorry, just be a second.”

    (I run to a coworker not on register.)

    Me, to coworker: “The previous customer left these behind. He’s wearing a red cap and a black t-shirt, heading out the exit by the bank.”

    Coworker: “On it!” *dashes off*

    Customer #2: “After all that fuss, and he forgot about it!”

    Me: “The sad thing is, I’d put money on it somehow being my fault.”

    Customer #2: “No, surely not?! It was sitting on the bench, plain as day.”

    Me: “You’d be surprised, really. Most people are rational, but in this job you really do get to see all types. Some people just can’t take responsibility for their own actions, and we’re easy targets for blame.”

    Customer #2: “That’s sad, but you’ve got me as a witness!” *smiles*

    (The first customer storms back to my register.)

    Customer #1: “You stole my shopping! Where is it? You kept it to make me look like a fool!”

    Me: “It’s okay. It’s right here.”

    (I hand over the bags, smiling.)

    Customer #1: “Where were they? You hid them behind the register?”

    Customer #2: “No, they were right there on the bench with the rest of your shopping.”

    Customer #1: “Oh. I thought you’d forgotten to pick them up from back there.”

    Customer #2: “They sent someone after you, too.”

    Me: “It’s fine. It looks like you were in a rush. Have a good day!”

    (The first customer scurries off grumbling and clutching his bags.)

    Customer #2: “I thought you were just kidding! I had no idea people could be so stupid! And so very rude to you for his own mistake! I’d never blame any of you for something like that.”

    Me: “I know. That’s what makes you one of the good ones!”

    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 11

    | England, UK |

    Me: “That will be [total].”

    Customer: “Okay.”

    (The customer puts in their debit card.)

    Me: “Would you like cash-back?”

    Customer: “Yes. I would like £10, please.”

    Me: “Okay. Enter your pin, please.”

    (The customer enters his pin. We wait for it to be verified.)

    Customer: “I have a question. What is cash-back?”

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    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 9
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 8
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 7
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 6
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 5
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 4
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 3
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 2
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession

    Sweet Spice

    | London, UK |

    (I work on the pizza counter at a large supermarket chain. We make individual pizzas for the customer.)

    Customer: “I’d like some jelly babies.”

    Me: “Sorry, we don’t put jelly babies on pizzas. What else can
    I get you?”

    Customer: *pause* “Jelly babies, please.”

    Me: “Sir, we do not serve jelly babies here.”

    (This continues for quite awhile.)

    Customer: “I’d like some jelly babies.”

    Me: “We do not sell jelly babies!”

    (The customer then angrily points to an ingredient on the counter.)

    Me: “Sir, those are jalapeños.”

    What Came First, The Idiot Or The Egg

    | Tasmania, Australia | At The Checkout, Criminal/Illegal

    (After scanning some eggs I open the box look inside and close it again.)

    Customer: “Why are you looking it the egg carton?”

    Me: “I’m checking to make sure there are no broken ones.”

    Customer: “Oh, I thought it was to make sure people weren’t stealing stuff by hiding it in the eggs…”

    You (Could Have) Had Me At Hello

    | Freeland, PA, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

    (I’m an employee stocking the shelf at one end of an aisle. A customer enters at the far end by the milk and is coughing constantly.)

    Customer: *coughs*

    (I briefly glance over. She’s staring at the milk.)

    Customer: *coughs again*

    (There’s a long pause. She’s still staring at the milk.)

    Customer: *loud coughing*

    (I turn to see if she is covering her mouth, but instead see her charging down the aisle at me.)

    Customer: “What is wrong with you?! I’ve been coughing to get your attention down there for five minutes! ”

    Me: “Ma’am, I glanced over at you several times. You never looked at me.”

    Customer: “Oh, yes I did! What does a person have to do here, fall on the floor and have a seizure to get some milk?!”

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