Unfiltered Story #195880

, | Unfiltered | June 5, 2020

This is actually a happy story!

I’m working in the Nocturnal Building at a popular zoo. My whole gimmick is that I’m supposed to be a “tour guide” taking people on a “night hike”. Anyhow, I’m leading a family through and a woman is standing in front of one of the animals and taking pictures with her flash on. Now there is a big sign at the front of the building asking people to turn off their flash so that it doesn’t hurt the animals’ eyes. Sometimes people don’t see it (or don’t care) so I go up to the woman:

Me: Excuse me ma’am, but would you please turn off your flash? These animals are nocturnal and their eyes aren’t used to bright flashes. (I’m preparing for the usual anger/annoyance that I get when I ask people to do this. Already have my patient smile on, waiting to explain that it can hurt the animals)

Her: Oh my god I am SO SORRY!!! I should have realized, oh I feel so stupid!!! Oh I am so sorry, I wasn’t thinking!!!

Me: It’s alright ma’am, thank you for understanding.

I continue on my “night hike” and go on with my day. Several hours later, on my lunch break, I see this woman again. She pulls me over and this happens:

Her: I just want to apologize again for using flash. I really wasn’t thinking and I feel so bad! I mean it’s common sense!

Me: Really ma’am it’s fine. Thank you so much for understanding, most people don’t. It’s really kind of you to apologize.

Her: Well you have a good day sweetie.

Me: You too ma’am!