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Category: Bad Behavior

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In Spitting Distance Of Being An A**-Hole

| Dallas, TX, USA | Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

(Two teenage couples come into my section to eat. The two guys order full meals, one of the girls orders a glass of water, and the other orders a side salad. I have been joking around with the two guys, but the girls have given me nothing but icy stares and short answers. Another waiter delivers the food and forgets to bring the salad. I come up to the table.)

Me: “How is everything?”

(The girl who ordered the salad looks at me and throws her hands up in the air.)

Me: “Oh, no, it looks like my colleague forgot your salad. I’ll be right back.”

(I retrieve the salad quickly and return it to the girl. As I set it in front of her:)

Girl: “God, what took so long?”

Me: “The cooks weren’t finished spitting in it yet.”

(Her eyes just about popped out of her head and the guys just started laughing. Luckily the guys paid and tipped well.)

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Acting Out Of Line While Inside The Lines

| Cedar Rapids, IA, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests

(It’s back to school season and our small store has a coloring competition for children to win a free backpack filled with school supplies. Because the age range for participants is four to twelve years old, it’s a random draw and we take submissions for about two weeks. On the day of the draw, just after we’ve randomly drawn a winner, a couple that appears to be in their fifties enters the store and the gentleman picks up one of the submission papers and begins to draw with the store-provided crayons.)

Customer: “When will this drawing be held, anyway?”

Me: “Oh, I’m very sorry, sir, but submissions closed a couple hours ago. We’ve actually already drawn the winner!”

Customer: *suddenly irate* “What?! Well, who won?”

Me: “This is the winning picture!”

(I show him the coloring. It’s obviously not the best drawing and not even inside the lines, but it was a very small child so what do you expect?)

Customer: *snorts* “At least you should limit it to people who actually colored in the whole thing!”

Me: “Well, sir… it was a random drawing.”

Customer’s Wife: “And anyway, we only came here to schedule a [service that we’re known for] for him.”

Customer: *still coloring* “No! I don’t want to do it now!”

Customer’s Wife: “What? Really?” *incredulous look at him* “[Customer], don’t do this. You’ve got to be kidding!”

Customer: “I don’t feel like it. I’m not stubborn! I just don’t want to now.” *folds up his coloring page and storms off*

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You’re His Puppet

| CT, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I am on line duty at the cafeteria at an arts camp. Since the wait can be a long time, I try to entertain the kids by talking to them. Note that the campers are given a lot of freedom and there are very few rules. The kid in this story is nine or ten.)

Me: “What did you do today?”

Camper: “Well, I got thrown out of Puppetry.”

Me: “You did? How did that happen?”

Camper: “I don’t know. I didn’t know they could do that. I don’t think counselors should be allowed to kick us out.”

Me: “Well, they can, if you’re being disruptive to the other kids.”

Camper: “Yeah, but I still don’t think it should be allowed, because campers are more important than counselors. You know why? One, because we’re kids, and two, because without us, you wouldn’t have jobs.”

(I wish I had told him that without counselors he wouldn’t have a camp, but I was so dumbfounded I just stared. I later talked to my friend who worked in Puppetry, and she told me they had to kick him out almost every day because he was so disruptive.)

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Talking Trash About Trash

| Sweden | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I volunteer at a kiosk whenever our local soccer team is playing. We have two trash cans and one recycle bin, but despite the fact that there’s a large sign over it that says “CANS ONLY!” people always throw their trash in the recycle bin anyway. Today, an old man and a five-year-old boy are at the game, cheering for their team. The boy is just about to throw away an empty bag of chips.)

Old Man: “Throw it in there.” *points at recycle bin*

Boy: “But, Grandpa, it says “Cans Only.” Shouldn’t I throw it in there instead?” *points to trash can*

Old Man: “Why? It’s not our job! Leave it to those who work here!”

(He then proceeds to look at me with a smug smirk. Well done, sir, for teaching your grandchild that you don’t have to be responsible if you’re not a worker.)

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Not Behaving Very Lice-ly

| Grand Prairie, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Health & Body

(I am the customer. I am sitting down getting my hair cut. I notice a family with a small child sitting in the chair next to mine. I only notice the conversation when the mother starts to yell.)

Mother: “How dare you accuse my daughter of having lice? You have upset her now. This is bull-s***!”

Stylist: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I didn’t mean to upset your daughter, I was only trying to let you know that I cannot cut her hair until this is treated.”

Mother: “You should have spoken to me softly. Now everyone in this place knows my poor daughter is dirty.”

(At this point everyone in the salon is looking and listening.)

Stylist: “Ma’am, again, I am sorry. This is easily treatable. All you need is…”

Mother: “F*** you! I’m going to have you fired for this. My husband will be livid when I tell him. Now I am going to have to go and buy her a treat to calm her down.”

(During this whole exchange the child has just sat there like she couldn’t care less. The mother leaves with the child. Not a few seconds later a man rushes in obviously angry.)

Man: “Who the f*** do you think you are treating my family this way? Has anyone ever told you it’s rude to tell people’s business out loud?”

Stylist: “Sir, I am sorry; I meant no offense, and I spoke as softly as possible.”

Man: “Stop arguing with me; the customer is always right and I demand compensation.”

Me: “I’m sorry for interrupting but I never heard this woman say anything about that little girl having lice until your wife starting yelling and I was sitting right next to her.”

(The man stared at me and was in shock. He then stormed out threatening to sue.)

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