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(I am a customer at a relatively popular gelato shop in Laguna Beach. The following event happens in line in front of me. The lady in front of me has tasted a few flavors and made her decision. She is with her husband, who doesn’t order anything.)

Wife: “I would like the Peach Cream, the Blueberry, and the Rose Cream.”

Employee: *grabs a cup and reaches for the scoop in the Rose Cream flavor*

Wife: *rudely* “No. I want you to put the flavors in the order I said.”

Employee: *confused, hand still on the Rose Cream scoop* “The flavors will be side by side.”

Wife: *still rude* “No, I don’t care. I want you to put the flavors in the order I said.”

(The employee is still confused, but does what she asks, making sure to put the flavors in the specific order she requested. She gets her gelato and moves on to pay. The cashier hasn’t seen any of the previous ordeal.)

Cashier:  “Your total will be $4.50.”

(The husband handed over a ten dollar bill, then poured all of the change straight into the tip jar.)

It’s Time To Listen

, , , , | Right | November 23, 2017

(I work at a children’s play center. Since it’s a Friday night, we’re supposed to close at 8:00, but if there are no customers by 6:30, we usually close an hour early. It’s 7:15, and my coworker and I are counting down the drawer, when someone comes in with their kid — about five or six years old — to play.)

Me: “Hi there! Just so you guys know, we do close at eight tonight, so you have about 45 minutes to play.”

Dad: “Oh, that’s more than enough time! We’ll be out of here by quarter ’til.”

(At 7:50, I go over to them to remind them we close at eight.)

Me: “Just letting you guys know: we close ten minutes from now.”

Dad: *visibly disappointed* “Oh… Does that mean we really have to leave in ten minutes? We just got here, you know.”

Child: *to his dad* “See, Dad? I told you they’d still make us leave.” *to me* “I tried to tell him, miss. They never listen.”

What Would You Do?

, , , , , , | Right | November 23, 2017

(A lady comes in with an external hard drive.)

Customer: “I backed up some pictures to this, but deleted them to make room. I need to get those pictures.”

Me: “Okay, well, let’s see if we can recover them. Do you know what folder the pictures would have been in?”

Customer: “What folder would I have put them in?”

Me: “Um… Often people make a folder called ‘Pictures,’ but they could have been anywhere.”

Customer: “Well, can you just give me step-by-step instructions on where and how to find them, and then I can look?”

Me: “Well, no. I don’t know where they are. That is what I am trying to figure out.”

Customer: “Well, my son put them on there and then deleted them to make room.”

Me: “Do you know when he deleted them? That would really help.”

Customer: “I don’t remember. When would he have deleted them?”

Me: “I really couldn’t say.”

(The conversation just kept going in circles, so I eventually looked at every recoverable file before I found what I was looking for.)

Thanksgiving Roundup

| Right | November 23, 2017

It’s the time of year when we gather with friends and family to give thanks for many things.

Sometimes Thanksgiving brings warmth and comfort, and sometimes it causes laughter and fun, and sometimes things go haywire.

Enjoy these tales of Thanksgivings past!

This Holiday Has Gone Cold Turkey – A Thanksgiving baby! Come meet your new brother…

No Pranks, Just Thanks – When thanks are from the heart.

More Thanks-taking Than Thanksgiving – The last turkey leads to total mayhem!

Thankful To Be Rid Of You – Having to work on Thanksgiving means hating the holiday?

Another Reason To Be Thankful – A regular customer makes Thanksgiving special.

Pranksgiving – Thanksgiving can be a great time for pranks.

Celebrating Thanksgiving And Independence Day At The Same Time – This story is out of this world!

Talking Turkey Results In Mass Deviations – When you want a turkey that breaks the laws of physics.

Political Correctness Takes A Holiday – Not getting thanks for getting upset… at the wrong person.

The Only Thing He Should Be Running Is Scared – When you’re thankful that your hard work pays off in the end.


Do you have your own Thanksgiving tale?  Tell us all about it in the comments!

It Takes One To Cash One

, , , , | Right | November 23, 2017

(I am a cashier at a grocery store. The scanner has been acting up all day and not reading many barcodes, forcing me to type in the numbers manually. I’ve heard many, many customers joke that the un-scanned item must be free. I’ve stopped mentioning to the customer when an item doesn’t scan in an effort to reduce the frequency of the joke, but some customers still notice and make the joke anyway. It’s starting to wear on me, but I put on what I think is a polite smile and laugh every time. A customer comes through and has an item that won’t scan. I swipe it a couple times, then start to type the code.)

Customer: “Uh oh, it won’t scan?”

Me: “No, I’ve been having trouble with this scanner all day.”

Customer: “You know what that means, right?”

(He looks at me with a completely straight face. I resign myself for another polite chuckle.)

Customer: “That means that I must get it…”

(He pauses, as if waiting for me to fill in the blank. I smile outwardly and scream internally.)

Me: “…for free?”

Customer: “No. For regular retail price, because technical difficulties don’t entitle me to a discount.”

(I look up at him, shocked. He just stares back with a completely blank face. Suddenly we both burst out laughing.)

Customer: “I used to be a cashier; I know what you’re going through.”

Me: “Thanks! You just made my day.”

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