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    | Bergen, Norway |

    (A customer comes up to the counter.)

    Customer: “Where did you learn to speak English so well?”

    Me: “From school, I guess? And from watching movies and reading books–”

    Customer: “That’s good! I had Spanish in high school, and all I remember is ‘Auf wiedersehen’!”

    Application Confrontation, Part 2

    | Seattle, WA, USA | Top

    (The store is relatively empty, save for me, a mother with her son, and a guy sitting on the floor next to one of our display models who is hastily filling out a job application. The boy goes and starts playing on the display model, at which point the man reaches over and unplugs it from the wall.)

    Me: “Excuse me, sir. That boy was playing on that.”

    Man: “I need to get this finished! I can’t concentrate with all the noise!”

    Me: “Sir, please plug that back in.”

    Man: “I said I need to get this done! Just give me one minute here, okay?”

    (I go over and plug the display back in myself. The man glares at me and yanks the cord out again.)

    Man: “One minute! Seriously, I just want to get this done. Is that too much to ask?”

    (The boy’s mother comes over.)

    Mother: “Sir, as the associate said, my son would like to play the game. If it’s bothering you, then surely you can move somewhere else to finish your paperwork.”

    Man: “Come on, please!”

    Me: “Sir, she’s right. If you want, I can get you a chair so you can sit at the counter and finish your forms.”

    (The man grumbles, but nevertheless gets up off the floor. I go grab a chair for him from the back and presently the mother and son approach the counter with a pile of games. I ring them up and see them on their way out. The man approaches me.)

    Man: “Look, I understand you have to suck up to the people who spend their money in here. Just admit it to me: you agree that game is s***, and the kid’s tastes in games are s*** for wanting to play it.”

    (I am in shocked silence.)

    Man: “Where’s the manager, so I can give this to him and set up an interview?”

    Me: “You’re talking to her, sir.”

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    This Game Has Been Well Trade

    | NM, USA |

    (I’m ringing up a customer for his game trade-in. It’s a rather old game.)

    Me: “Alright. You’ll be getting $5 store credit, or $3 cash.”

    Customer: “What! I paid $50 for that game 4 years ago!”

    Me: “Yes, but it’s a little scratched. A few sequels have also come out since then.”

    Customer: “I want at least $30 for it.”

    Me: “If you were a customer, would you pay $30 for this old game?”

    Customer: “No.”

    Me: “Then why would you expect anyone else to?”

    (The customer stares at me dumbfounded. He then asks for his $3.)

    Dislike As Many As I Like

    | Southampton, UK |

    (We have free demo discs on the counter. We’re trying to get rid of them.)

    Customer: “Are these to buy?”

    Me: “No, they’re totally free. Take as many as you like!”

    Customer: “I don’t think I’d like to take as many as I’d like. I’ll have two.”

    Provides A Pregnant Pause

    | MI, USA |

    (I pass by two very young girls, roughly 8 years old.)

    Girl, to her friend: “I just had my first child!”

    (I stop in my tracks before realizing that the children in question are playing a demo of ‘The Game of Life’.)

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