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    Their Team Aren’t On A (Tootsie) Roll

    | NC, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Food & Drink

    (I’m volunteering at a college basketball game. A fellow volunteer and I are tasked with checking bags at the pre-game party for donors to an alumni organization. Many of the people attending this party are older and attend every single game, so they know the drill. Bags are searched to prevent people from bringing in alcohol or outside food.)

    Me: “Hello. Can I check your bag?”

    Customer: “Sure, hon.” *she holds her purse open for me*

    Me: “Could you pull that out for me, please?”

    (I indicate what looks to be a ziplock bag, as it is underneath a few of her items and I cannot see what is in it.)

    Customer: “Alrighty.”

    (The customer pulls out the bag, which I can now see contains several Tootsie Rolls.)

    Me: “I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to leave that here. We don’t allow any outside food.”

    Customer: “But I have to bring them in! It’s tradition!”

    Me: “I apologize, but you have to leave them here.”

    Customer: “You don’t understand! I’m bringing them for my friend. He passes them out every time at halftime to make sure [Home Team] wins!”

    Me: “Sorry, but I can’t let you take them in. It’s the stadium’s policy.”

    Customer: “Well, then, if [Home Team] loses it’ll be all your fault!”

    Me: *doing my very best to remain serious* “I guess I’ll have to take that risk.”

    (Her team did lose. The group I volunteer with jokingly threatened to make me apologize to the players.)