Category: Awesome Customers

That Regular Is Music To My Ears

| MN, USA | Awesome Customers

(I work in a music store that has a relaxed uniform — whatever pants we want and a shirt that’s either plain or music related. The day this happens, I am wearing a Kinks tee.)

Me: “Can I help you with anything, sir?”

Customer: “No, thanks…” *notices my shirt and makes a face* “Ugh. I hate the Kinks!”

Me: “Well, to each their own!”

Customer: “No! They are terrible! Why don’t you listen to anyone good, like the Rolling Stones or the Beatles?”

Me: “I listen to them as well! Funny, I think most would say the Beatles and Kinks sound alike.”

Customer: “Now you’re just trying to make me mad! The customer is always right!”

(At this point, I am obviously uncomfortable and looking for a way to escape. Luckily a regular had been near us the entire exchange, and butts in.)

Regular: “You can’t be right about opinions. Everyone has one, just like everyone has an a**hole. But you shouldn’t force either down people’s throat!”

Customer: *red in the face and sputtering* “What do you know anyway?! I hope you’re buying decent music, unlike this little tramp!”

(Our regular smiled and displayed a few albums, one of which was a Kinks album! I burst out laughing without meaning to, and the rude customer finally left.)

I Don’t Work Here, Repeatedly Does Not Work Here

| Jensen Beach, OR, USA | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Technology

(I’m in town for a business meeting and I pop into an electronics store across the street from the hotel I’m staying in. I’m not wearing store colors or even the khakis and polo uniform, but I am dressed in business attire. I’m standing in the aisle looking at picking up a new video card when a woman approaches me with her young teen sons in tow.)

Mother: “Sir… Sir, can you tell me if this video card will be good enough to handle my son’s new game?”

Son: “It’s [Game].”

(I look around and, realizing that all the staff in the area are busy, I go ahead and take a look at the video card.)

Me: “Well, ma’am, if I remember the game’s requirements right, this video card will certainly do the trick, but I seem to have noticed that they have this one—” *I pick another one off the shelf* “–that is better and because it’s on sale, cheaper.”

(As she goes about her way, a second customer steps up to me.)

Other Customer: “Sir, I need help finding more RAM.”

(Seeing once again there is nobody around to help…)

Me: “Well, do you know what kind of RAM you’ll need?”

Other Customer: “Umm… no? Is there more than one kind?”

Me: “Yes and while they do carry RAM here, unless you know the model of your computer or better yet, motherboard, there’s no way to be sure you’re getting the right stuff.”

(She promises me she’ll get the computer’s model and come back later. This happens a couple more times and as I have literally nothing better to do and the store seems unusually busy, I go ahead and help them, never ONCE claiming to work there. This keeps on until a fifth person steps up at the same time a manager steps up to me.)

Customer: “So… I noticed you said ‘they.’ You don’t actually work here do you?”

(The manager speaks up before I can say anything.)

Manager: “No, he doesn’t but I feel like I should be slapping a polo on this guy. [Employee] over there will be happy to help you though.”

Manager: *to me* “So… you need a job?”

Me: “Hah, no, I’m only in town for business, I’m just looking at video cards to kill time.”

Manager: “Well, lemme know if you pick one out; we’ll give you the employee discount for today.”

(We both had a good chuckle about that but when I checked out, true to his word, the guy stopped the sales clerk to make sure I got the employee discount.)

Related:
I Don’t Work Here, Does Not Work Here, Part 22
I Don’t Work Here, Does Not Work Here, Part 21
I Don’t Work Here, Does Not Work Here, Part 20

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I’ll Take It Black Death

| Columbus, OH, USA | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink, Funny Names, Puns

(I am the customer in this story. I walk into my local coffee shop this morning and notice that one of the menu TVs is showing a Blue Screen of Death.)

Me: “I wasn’t expecting to see that on your menu.”

Barista: “Yeah, we have a new Blue Screen of Death Latte. It tastes like a burnt out computer.”

Me: “Mmm… Silicon Dioxide.”

Barista: “Yummy.”

Sorry Not Sorry

| Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers

(I have come to a department store to return some things I ordered online. I gave myself plenty of time since I know the process is probably a little complicated and this is a busy store. I approach a service desk in the women’s clothing department.)

Employee: “Hello!”

Me: “Hi there! I have a pile of online orders to return. Is this the right place to do that?”

Employee: “Oh. Um… I’m not sure how to do that. This is only my second day. Is it okay if I walk you over to another desk?”

Me: “Sure! No problem. Sorry to be complicated.”

Employee: “Sorry about that. I wish I knew how to help you.”

Me: “It’s fine, no problem. I have plenty of time.”

Employee: “Okay, the desk is right over here. Sorry again.”

Me: “It’s perfectly okay! I totally understand.”

Employee: “Sorry for the inconvenience.”

Me: “Look, it’s really fine. I promise. I am not in the least put out. You did fabulously.”

Employee: “Oh! Well… wow. Thank you for being so nice about it!”

Me: “Of course. Like any decent human being with half a brain could be upset about something like that.”

Employee: “Sorry, I’m just not used to people being nice… Everyone else I didn’t know how to help has yelled at me…”

(I do NOT miss working in retail, because of horrible, selfish people who yell at associates for things far beyond their control. I hope that employee had a better day!)

New Year With A Perfect Movie Ending

| Devon, England, UK | Awesome Customers, Holidays

(It is New Year’s Eve, and I am working on the close. I usually do work New Year’s, though before we used to finish by about 10 pm. We have later shows on so are set to leave at about 12:15.)

Customer: *approaching me as the last film finishes and everyone is leaving* “We’ve tried to keep it as clean as possible for you, so we didn’t leave a big mess for you. Thank you so much for being here tonight. We really appreciate it. Happy New Year!”

(I didn’t mind being at work that night, but it was very touching to hear that someone appreciates us working on holidays and special occasions.)

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