Unfiltered Story #27899

Uppsala, Sweden | Unfiltered | October 30, 2015

(My father is a musician who often tours around the globe. When this happened, he was in Japan, which currently had problems with massive flooding and people being evacuated, even injured and killed. I’m grocery shopping when I find out and call my mother immediately to find out if he’s okay, and talk to her while I’m in line to pay.)

Me: …so, is he alright? Have you heard anything?

[Mother]: I haven’t spoken to him today, but they posted a picture from the gig on their Facebook page a few hours ago, so I think we can assume he’s safe. He shouldn’t be close to the area where the flooding is, anyway.

Me: It’s so scary though, not knowing how he is. I hope he calls to confirm he’s okay soon. Aren’t they going to [flooded area] tomorrow?

[Mother]: Yeah. It’s a bit worrying. But it should be fine.

(At this point, it’s almost my turn to pay, and I quickly apologize to the cashier for talking on the phone, while trying to get my cards of out my wallet. The previous customer, who looks completely ordinary, is a good distance away from me already, packing his items.)

[Previous customer] (sees me talking on the phone and rushes towards me) HOW DARE YOU TALK RIGHT INTO MY EAR? HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

Me: (into phone) Mom, I have to go. *hangs up* I’m sorry, sir?

[Customer]: YOU WERE TALKING STRAIGHT INTO MY EAR! YOU’RE YELLING AND DISTURBING EVERYONE!

[Cashier] and me: …

[Customer]: I DEMAND YOU APOLOGIZE THIS INSTANT!

Me: Sir, I’m very sorry, but I wasn’t talking very loudly. I know it’s rude to chat on the phone while you’re trying to pay, but–

[Customer] (to cashier): IS THIS THE KIND OF PEOPLE YOU LET IN TO YOUR STORE?

[Cashier]: Sir, please, there is absolutely no need for this kind of outburst. Her talking on the phone did not bother me. This does.

The customer stands there, absolutely fuming with anger, until he rushes out. I hope he managed to have a better day after that…

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