, , , , , | Right | January 22, 2019

My stepdad is the customer in this story, but first, a little history.

When I was in high school, my mom remarried. The man she married thought he was hilarious with his jokes. They were the standard sort of Dad Jokes, only if you didn’t laugh or say, “That’s funny!” he would get really offended and angry over it.

Anyway, one of my stepdad’s favorite things to do was to ask employees at every store he went to if they accepted “Alaskan Money.” For those who may not know, Alaskan Money is still just the US Dollar, and my stepdad thought it was great fun to confuse people by asking. Most of them assumed that since he was asking, it must have been a different form of currency than the US Dollar, and then he got to gleefully tell them that it was just dollar bills, and laugh at their supposed incompetence.

We were in the drive-thru getting dinner one day when my stepdad pulled that trick, and asked the cashier at the window if she accepted Alaskan Money. The girl was so confused, she went and asked her manager whether they did or not. The manager said irritably, “[Cashier]! Alaskan Money is just regular money!”

The poor cashier realized this at about the same time the manager said so, and was so mortified, she actually burst into tears on the spot. Just broke down crying right there.

Surprisingly, my stepdad felt bad for her and apologized rather than commenting on her crying over nothing. The rest of us were pretty embarrassed over the whole experience and apologized profusely, as well. My stepdad cut back on his Alaskan Money joke after that. Thank God.

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