Unfiltered Story #120991

, , | Unfiltered | September 17, 2018

I work at a local grocery store. My job is usually sampling products, and today is a new brand of cookies we will be stocking in our bake shop.

My sample table consists of a tray of the product and some pamphlets about the product. Behind the table, about 10 feet high taped to a wall, are large custom re-fillable balloons that have our store logo and ‘SAMPLES’ written on them that we use to bring attention to the sampling table.

I’ve run out of product, and have gone to fetch a few more packages. Upon my return, I see a man, standing on top of the sample table, ripping the balloons from the wall.

Me: Sir! Please get down from there!

Customer 1: What, I’m just getting my kids some balloons!

Me: Those balloons are not for sale, they’re for display.

Customer 1: Well, how the (f-word) am I supposed to know that?!

Me: They’re attached to a wall, above customer’s reach! Now, please get down off the table!

The customer, jumps down off the table, causing it to snap in half. My manager comes over to the area. A nearby customer, Customer 2, walks over as well.

Manager: (My name)! Are you okay? What happened!

Me: I’m fine, this customer…

Customer 1(interrupts): She put those balloons to high for me to reach! I could have been killed trying to get them! Then she yelled at me!

Customer 2: Sir, I saw the whole thing. This young lady wasn’t rude or anything, she was only telling him to get off that table. He was standing on it pulling down that display. He broke the table when he jumped off.

Manager to Customer 1: Is that true, sir?

Customer 1: I just wanted some (f-word)ing balloons!

Manager: Those balloons were clearly not for sale, and you’ve damaged both them, and this table. You’ll need to pay for the damages you’ve caused.

Customer: Fine! (Throws a dollar at my manager, and my manager looks annoyed)

Manager: Sir, the table is $100 and those balloons are $15 each, you’ve ruined 3 of them.


Manager (sternly): Well, then we’ll just have to have you arrested for destroying store property. (Manager takes out his phone.)

Customer 1: No, wait, don’t call the cops, I’ll pay!

After giving my manager $150 cash and being banned from the store, he hurries out. I start to cleanup the area while my manager takes $25 of the money and buys ‘Customer 2’ a $25 gift card for being so helpful. My manager then comes back over to me.

Manager: You handled everything perfectly, good job.

Me: Thank you, but (Manager), those balloons were free from corporate, and you told me you got that table at a tag sale for $5.

Manager: Oh yeah! (smirks) I completely forgot! (Hands me the remaining $125.) Go next door to (Hardware Store) and get a new table under $25. When you get back, I think we’ll have employee pizza day.

(Most awesome boss ever!)

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