Unfiltered Story #209735

, , | Unfiltered | September 28, 2020

I’m busy stocking the shelves of the import foods aisle. I spot a customer curiously staring at a jar of kalamata olives. She is holding another empty jar.

Me: Can I help you with something?

Customer: Are these the same olives?

I take the two jars from her and compare them.

Me: We don’t carry this brand, but they’re the same type of olives. We have some more on the next aisle that are a bit less expensive if you like.

Customer: But are they the same olives?

Me: The same type, yes. Just different brands.

Customer: But are they the exact same?

Me: Do you mean are they from the same source? The same farm? I don’t know. The label does not say. They are the same type though.

Customer: But I need to know if they are the exact same olives.

At this point, a manager, who was on the phone nearby, came over to see what was going on.

Manager: Can I help?

Customer: Are these the same olives?

Manager: We don’t carry this brand, but yes, these are the same type.

Customer: But are they the exact same?

Manager: What do you mean?

Customer: (exasperated sigh) I knew I wasn’t going to get any help here today.

She walked off and the manager and I just stared at each other completely baffled. I’d had weird customers before, but that one was the most confusing.