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    When Patience Is Paper Thin

    | Howell, MI, USA | Technology, Theme Of The Month, Wild & Unruly

    (A customer comes into the copy and print area while I’m helping another customer and her son. After ignoring my greeting, she goes over to the customer color-copy machines, and starts making copies.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, but why am I being charged $0.49 a copy, when that sign says black and white are only $0.09?”

    (The customer points to the sign over the black and white copy machines that advertise $0.09 a copy.)

    Me: “You’re using the color machine, not a black and white. It’ll charge you $0.49 a copy when you use it.”

    (I point to the sign above the color machine that states just that.)

    Customer: “Well, can’t it see that I’m not copying color pages?”

    Me: “No, it doesn’t have that sort of capability. It only knows that it is used for color copies, and charges accordingly.”

    Customer: “Well why didn’t you stop me before I started making copies?!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I didn’t know you only had black and white pages. I can return your money and help you on the black and white machine if you would like.”

    (The customer hands me the credit card she used to make the copies, and I refund her money. As I start to walk towards the black and white she pushes past me.)

    Customer: “I don’t need your God-d*** help. You did enough already!”

    (I return to the other customer and her son, and continue talking about his school project that he needs printed and finished. Five minutes go by, and the older woman has a stack of approximately 250 papers in her hand. She walks up to me and interrupts my conversation with the other customers.)

    Customer: “I need these cut.”

    Me: “We charge $2 for every 500 pieces of paper cut, per cut.”

    Customer: “$2! Just for a few pieces of paper to be cut?! You must be out of your d*** mind! I’ll do them myself!”

    (I show her to the small hand-cutter. I show her how it works, using only a few sheets of paper at a time. Only five seconds after I turn away, she starts shouting again.)

    Customer: “THIS. ISN’T. WORKING!”

    (I turn around to find that she has stuffed a quarter of her stack of papers under the blade. Every time she tries to cut, she rips the papers.)

    Me: “Ma’am, you’re only supposed to do a maximum of 10 sheets at a time, like I showed you.”

    Customer: “I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WASTE DOING ONLY A FEW PAGES AT A TIME!”

    (The other customer and her son, and other nearby customers and associates are now watching as this angry customer fumes at me.)

    Me: “I offered to cut them for you, and it was too much money. I showed how to properly cut them using the hand cutter, and you didn’t follow what I said. I don’t understand what you want me to do.”

    Customer: “I WANT YOU TO REFUND MY RUINED COPIES AND DO THEM OVER, YOU LITTLE B****! AND THEN I WANT YOU TO CUT THEM ALL FOR FREE! YOU’VE WASTED MY TIME, AND I’M NOT PUTTING UP WITH YOUR SNARKY ATTITUDE!”

    Me: “I’m not going to do that. I showed you how to cut them, and you didn’t listen. I have every right to refuse, especially after treating me with disrespect.”

    Customer: “I AM NEVER SHOPPING HERE AGAIN!”

    (The customer screams, grabs the ruined papers, and throws them into the air before storming off into another area of the store with her few good copies.)