Unfiltered Story #119080

, | Unfiltered | August 31, 2018

(It’s late and my shift is almost over when a man in his early fifties comes to check out)
Me: “Hi! How are you today?”
Customer: “I’m well and you?”
Me: “I’m good! Getting ready to start heading home so I’m happy!”
Customer: “That’s good! Do you have school tomorrow?”
Me: “Oh gosh no, I’m out of school.”
Customer: “Oh! Are you in college?”
Me: “Nah, not yet. I’m trying to save up a bit before I go.”
Customer: “What do you want to study?”
Me: “I’m really considering psychology right now. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile.”
Customer: “what are you going to do?”
Me: “I want to be a psychologist.”
Customer: “What are you going to do?”
Me: “…psychology?”
Customer: “What are you going to do?”
Me: “…um do you mean where am I gonna go? Probably [local community college] to get the basics done like math. I’m still looking for where I want to go after that to go more in depth with psychology.”
Customer: “How old are you?”
(I’m turning 20 in a couple weeks so I often say “going on” to get used to saying I’m 20)
Me: “Going on 20.”
Customer: :Haha! You always know someone is to young to be making decisions if they say “going on”! Why do you want to go into psychology?”
Me: “I want to help people.”
Customer: “why do you want to go into psychology?”
Me: “…Because I want to help people?”
Customer: “Psychology isn’t about helping people. you don’t help anyone. It’s about getting into peoples heads. Getting inside them and getting control. Once you can do that then you can control them. That’s a lot of responsibility, did you know that?”
Me: “Uhh Yeah I know there is a lot of responsibility in any medical field.”
(I’ve finished the transaction and I’m trying to give him his receipt so he can go.)
Customer: “You have control of them. Whatever they do is your responsibility. Do you think you can handle that? Can you handle controlling someone?”
Me: “…”
Customer: “Have you ever looked into the army? Or the FBI? they’re always looking for people. There’s a lot of death around them.”
Me: “…um”
Customer: “are you bilingual?”
Me: “No but-”
Customer: “You won’t get far in psychology without being bilingual you know.”
Me: “…okay?”
(He finally takes the receipt and grabs his bags.)
Customer: “Well I’ve just given you some truths so just think about that for awhile.”

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