Unfiltered Story #169585

, , | Unfiltered | October 13, 2019

(I work at an upscale smoke shop, while we do carry some cheap pieces, we have an entire display cabinet full or art pieces where the average price is around $600.
It’s 9:01pm on a Monday, I’ve just turned off the open sign and half of the lights in the store when a pair of obviously high customers walks in)

Me: “Hey guys, we actually just closed, but if there’s something I can help you with real quick I’ll be glad to help before I shut down the register.”

Customer 1: “No, you’re open till midnight.”

Me: “We close at 9 Monday through Thursday, and even on Fridays and Saturdays, we’re only open till 10.”

Customer 2: “Oh well we just want to look around.”

Customer 1: “Yeah, I was thinking about buying the Seed of Life.”

Me: “I think you may have the wrong store, we don’t have any piece with that name. You may be thinking of [competing smoke shop] up the road. They have the Tree of Life and are open till midnight some days.

Customer 1: “Well, we’re just going to look around for the Seed of Life.”

Me: “Gentlemen, we don’t have a piece by that name in the store, I can promise you that, and if you’re just looking around, I’m going to ask you to leave so I can close down the shop since at this point since I stopped getting paid about 5 minutes ago.”

(Both customers walk past me and start looking around the store)

Customer 1: “Yeah I don’t see the piece I was looking for, but can I check that one out?”

(He points at a mildly expensive piece that will cost about $300 after the 20% discount we already have on it, I pull it down so as to not lose a potential sale for the owners.)

Customer 1: “I was in here the other week and was thinking about buying this, would you take $230 for it?”

Me: “I can’t man, that’s a high quality american company that uses borosilicate glass, I really can’t take that much of a loss on it since it’s already discounted.”

Customer 2: “Dude I thought you were looking for the Seed of Life.”

Customer 1: “I was, but they must have sold it.”

Me: “I’ve worked here for about a year, and we haven’t had a piece by that name, I really do think you’re thinking of The Tree of Life that [competitor] has. You should try their store since we’re closed and don’t have what you’re looking for.”

(The customers finally get the hint and walk out without buying anything.)