A Good Time To Excuse Yourself

, , | | Right | December 15, 2007

(I and others overhear this conversation between an employee and a customer.)

Employee: “Hello, how may I help you?”

Customer: “Yes, I would like to return this.” (Heaves a large propane tank, the kind used for barbecue grills, onto the counter.)

Employee: “Why?”

Customer: “It’s leaking.”

(At this point, all within earshot — four managers, the employee, three other employees, I, and two other customers — slowly turned our heads towards the leaking tank, careful not to make any sudden movements.)

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  • Nerdman51

    Um? And why? What should the Customer do? It’s their job to do which such stuff. Yes, propane is flammable, but I hope no one is so stupid to have a lighter nearby.

    • Gerhard Mack

      Leave it outside, or better yet call first and ask what to do.

      Propane is extremely flammable and in an enclosed room there is risk of an explosion that can be set off by anything that generates a spark, meaning some running electrical equipment could set it off.

      • Dsru Bin

        Every store around here that sells propane tanks (for grilling, not tabletop stoves) have big signs that all propane tanks must remain outside.