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    Getting Your Priorities Straight, Part 3

    | Jackson, NJ, USA |

    (I work in a store near a drive-through safari. One day, a motorcycle rider comes into the store.)

    Manager: “Sir, you can’t go through on a motorcycle–it’s not safe for you or the animals.

    Motorcycle rider: “I’ve been through before in my car and nothing happened.”

    Manager: “Sir, there are bears, monkeys, and giraffes wandering loose. You could be hurt. We can’t let you got through. We offer a bus service–”

    Motorcycle rider: “This is discrimination! What kind of place doesn’t allow cycle riders?”

    (During this time, a group of bus riders is shopping in the store. One of them speaks up.)

    Bus rider: “Oh, just let him get eaten! That’s a nice bike, and the monkeys and bears will tear it apart anyway.”

    Motorcycle rider: “They’d do that to my bike?”

    (He rode the bus that day.)

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    Getting Your Priorities Straight, Part 2
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    Fowl Outdoor Behavior

    | Los Angeles, CA, USA |

    (At the theme park where I work, a teenage guest gets out of line and marches up to me at my spot greeting people.)

    Guest: “There are two birds back there fighting in the bushes. You should go stop them.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but we don’t really have any control over nature.”

    Guest: “But they’re fighting. One of them could get hurt.”

    Me: “I’m sure they’ll sort it out soon and fly off.”

    Other guest: “Those birds aren’t fighting…they’re ‘dating’.”

    (The guest thinks about it for a moment.)

    Guest: “What?! And you’re just going to let them do it in front of everyone? This is a FAMILY park. Oh my God!”

    Directionally Impaired

    | Sandusky, OH, USA |

    (I work at a theme park and the ride I operate requires riders to pull down their own lap bars.)

    Me: “When you’re all seated, please pull down on the lap bars in front of you.”

    (Everyone is seated, and all but one guest pulls down their lap bar. She’s talking to her friends, so I catch her attention.)

    Me: “Excuse me, ma’am, could you please pull down on your lap bar so we can get the ride going?”

    Guest: *blank stare*

    Me: “The black lap bar right there in front of you. Just go on ahead and pull it down so it’s secure.”

    Guest: *blank stare, puts hands on the bar*

    Me: “That’s right, just pull it down…”

    Guest: *raises hands in the air*

    Me: “…”

    Talk About A Long Weekend

    | London, UK |

    Me: “Good afternoon, [theme park]. How can I help you?”

    Caller: “Hello. Can I just ask when are your firework nights this year?”

    Me: “They are on the 27th, 28th and 29th October.”

    Caller: “Okay…are they all Saturdays?”

    Not Exactly A Golden Ticket

    | Chicago, IL, USA |

    (I work a photo booth that takes everyone’s picture before they get into an attraction, we give tickets out so we can easily locate a customers photo when they come back. A customer hands over her ticket and I hand her the photo to see. She begins walking away with it.)

    Me: “Ma’am, excuse me. I’m sorry we actually sell those here.”

    Customer: “Excuse me?”

    Me: “Well, you have to purchase them. We don’t just give them away.”

    Customer: “But I don’t need to purchase it, I gave you a ticket.”

    Me: “Ma’am that ticket is only so we can find your photo, you need to purchase it if you want to take it home.”

    Customer: “But I gave you a ticket.”

    Me: “Everyone gives us a ticket. Sorry, ma’am, but you’ll have to buy that if you want it. It’s $5.”

    Customer: “This is the biggest scam in the world. I am not paying for my own photograph!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but this is a business. If you don’t want to buy it you don’t have to, but we’re not going to give it to you for free.”

    Customer: “Can I at least get a discount?”

    Me: “Why would we give you a discount?”

    Customer: “BECAUSE I HAVE A TICKET!”

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