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    War On Terrible Customers

    | CA, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink, Military

    (My husband and I are waiting in line. There is a customer in front of us that is finishing up her transaction, and a younger customer in the line behind us. The customer cashes out but then tells us it will be just one more minute since she has to ring up some other items in a separate transaction.)

    Younger Customer: “Oh my God, lady! Just hurry up already! People have places to be you know!”

    Customer: *turning to speak to us* “I’m so sorry; I just needed to ring my personal items up separately. You see, I volunteer to send care packages to our troops overseas and need to keep the donated items separate from my personal stuff.”

    My Husband: “Oh, no problem. It’s really awesome of you to do that! Take your time.”

    Customer: “I figure it’s the least I could do in exchange for everything they do for us.”

    (By this point, the younger girl behind us starts groaning again and I turn around and shoot her a dirty look. She turns a little red and looks away.)

    Customer: *after finishing her last transaction* “Oh dear, I forgot to scan these last few items. Oh well, I guess these will just have to be put back. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience!”

    My Husband: “Here, let us pay for those. Just stick them with our stuff.”

    Customer: “Oh, okay, thank you! Here you go. Have a wonderful evening.”

    (We put the items through on our order and just as the last one is scanned, the customer starts to walk away.)

    Me: “Ma’am, wait! Don’t forget about these!”

    Customer: “Oh, you guys are buying them for the care packages? I thought you were just going to keep them for yourself so they wouldn’t have to be put back. Oh my goodness, that is just the nicest thing!” *starts welling up* “You didn’t have to do that. You are such good people. Thank you so much! I know they will be appreciated!”

    (At this point, the customer comes back and gives us a hug before walking off. The younger customer starts unloading her cart full of stuff on the belt, but as soon as our transaction is finished, the checker decides to close the lane, forcing her to go stand in a line with about 10 other people waiting. Serves her right!)