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All She Sees Is A Costumed Villain

| Working | May 26, 2015

(I’m a training costumer and have gone to a Goodwill-type store to look for pieces for my newest project. I strike gold with the first store and find a beautiful dress just perfect for the piece. Practically giddy at my good luck, I hurry to the register to pay for it.)

Cashier: “Well, you seem awfully chipper.”

Me: “Sorry. I was expecting to search all over town for a dress like this, but found it on my first try!”

Cashier: “Well, I’m glad you were able to find something. Big dance or something?”

Me: “Oh, no, I’m a costumer. I’m going to use this for a costume project.”

(Right then, the cashier’s face turns stormy and she promptly reaches out and snatches the dress away from me.)

Cashier: “You snotty little s***! How dare you come into this store?!”

Me: “Huh?!”

Cashier: “I guess it never occurred to you that poor people come into this store and buy clothes they desperately need! And here you come flouncing in to buy their clothes for a stupid costume!”

Me: “But… I’ve been doing this for years.”

Cashier: “That’s even worse! You’re lucky I don’t call the cops on you, you little thief! Get out! Don’t you ever set foot in here again! Get out before I call security! NOW!”

(By this time, the whole store has gone quiet as everyone stares at us. The swift sound of footsteps approaching alerted us to a manager hurrying over.)

Manager: “What the bloody h*** is going on?”

Cashier: “This pathetic little snob was stealing our clothes, [Manager].”

Manager: “Huh?”

Me: “I swear I wasn’t, miss! I was about to pay for that!”

Manager: “Then where did she get the idea you were going to steal it?”

Me: “I honestly don’t know. I just mentioned that I was going to use it for a costume and she flipped out.”

Cashier: “See? She even admits it! She admits to stealing poor people’s clothes to use in ridiculous costumes!”

(The manager gives her an incredulous look, sighs, and pushes her aside.)

Manager: “Will that be cash or credit, miss?”

Me: “Cash.”

Cashier: “WHAT?! You’re still going to sell it to her? She’s STEALING it from people who NEED it!”

Manager: “[Cashier], I highly doubt that every poor person in the city is lining up to buy fancy ball gowns. Whatever you’ve been smoking on break, you’d better toss it before I toss you.”

(She bagged the dress and I thanked her quickly, scurrying out while the cashier proceeded to scream after me again. I didn’t go back for a few weeks, but when I did, I found out she’d been fired for her antics, which included trying to have a little boy buying a stuffed animal arrested because he didn’t look ‘poor’ enough. I still shop there and the bargains are always awesome.)

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