Category: Bad Behavior

Creating A Sore Spot

| Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Bad Behavior

(I work at a bakery located within a small shopping center. I have just finished cleaning the outside glass of the cabinets where all of the sweet and savoury food is kept during the day.)

Customer: *comes up behind me, licks his finger, and wipes it on the glass*

Customer: “You missed a spot.” *walks off*

Me: *too stunned to speak*

Under House Arrest

| Upper Marlboro, MD, USA | Bad Behavior, Home Improvement, Wild & Unruly

(I am an engineer who helps design water drainage for when a new house is built. I get a call from a county inspector that our design of the water flow on the new house we are helping build is going towards the neighbor’s house. We did not design it this way as it is supposed to be draining to the street. I drive out to the site to meet with our customer, the county inspector, and the neighbor. The neighbor and our client have been fighting over the building of this house for years. The house that is under construction, almost completed, is a very expensive, multi-million dollar house. It is too high end for the neighborhood as all of the other houses are only in the $200,000 range.)

Neighbor: “All that water from last week’s rain is going into my basement. I should sue you for damages.” *points to me* “I should also sue you for designing it.”

Me: “Sir, please calm down. I need to inspect the area.”

(We designed a one foot-high wall built with concrete to keep the water from flowing into his yard along with a ditch that is supposed to flow into the street. I get to the area. He has not built any ditch but also built a small six inch-high wooden wall. It is way too small for the water area, plus the wood he used is cheap plywood.)

Me: “Excuse me, [Client], why did you build this wall here? I proposed a concrete one.”

Client: “Oh, the house was costing too much to build so I found some wood in the alley to use.”

Neighbor: “So that explains what happened to my floor. You stole my wood you—”

(Right before he can finish, our client punches the neighbor in the face. It turns out the neighbor was rebuilding his bathroom floor and brought the wood to repair his floor. Our client then admits to stealing it and using it to make the water flow into the neighbor’s basement as punishment for stalling his project. The inspector holds down our client while I call the police. As he is being lead away from the police:)

Client: “This isn’t right. All I was trying to do was build a house!”

Tipped Off To Be A Bad Tip

| Stoughton, WI, USA | Bad Behavior, Money

(I am 16 and this is my first day at my first waitressing job. The town is small and pretty much just packed with old people. I am feeling pretty good because I get tons of compliments on how nice I am. One older guy took up tons of my time but an older waitress told me it’s fine cause he tips well. After he left I went to clear the table.)

Me: *to older waitress* “Oh, my god! It’s $100! Wait… This is a fake.”

Older Waitress: *laughing* “Yeah! He does that to all the new girls!”

Me: “He didn’t even leave a real tip. How is that funny? I make $2 an hour and need to get tips to make a normal wage!”

(I quit shortly after that because the owners and older staff were nuts. 15 years later I moved back to town to be by my parents and saw that man in a restaurant. He was about to pull the same thing on a young girl.)

Me: “Don’t you dare! You did the same thing to me 15 years ago! Hasn’t anyone told you how freaking rude that is!”

Man: “It’s a joke!” *he got up and left*

Me: “Well, it’s not funny!”

(I got up and cleared the table myself and tossed out the fake tip. The poor girl came up confused. I handed her a real tip and suggested she never waste her time on that guy again.)

Her Attitude Is In Need Of “Help”

| Nashville, TN, USA | Bad Behavior

(I am a bartender at a large event venue. Our restaurant often hosts high profile parties for very wealthy clients (musicians, actors, etc.). I’m carrying a tray loaded with hors d’oeuvres trying to navigate a room packed with 300 country music stars, their families, and production staff. One of the celebrities swings her arm back and hits me in the face. I hear her say something which I interpreted as “Oh, I’m sorry!” and I reply by turning around and saying in my charming southern accent:)

Me: “You’re fine, honey. Accidents happen.”

Celebrity: “I didn’t apologize. I said, get out of my picture. I don’t want the help in my pictures.”

Me: “I didn’t realize I was ‘the help.’ My sincerest apologies. I won’t come anywhere near your pictures, ma’am.”

Celebrity: “And your hors d’oeuvres suck.”

In Line And Out Of Line, Part 10

| UK | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior

(It’s Black Friday, 2014. This is the first time I’ve worked this event, and have been at work since 8 am, with the shop having been open since 6 am. Our shop isn’t the largest in the chain, but is still a reasonable size for a retail unit. Things have gotten so busy with customers that the queue stretches around half of the shop floor, and we are starting to run out of some of the really popular items. As I’m speaking to customers on the shop floor, a lady who’d recently arrived caught my attention.)

Customer: “Excuse me, we’re ready to pay and I was wondering if you could skip us to the front of the queue?”

(By this point, there were easily 30 people ahead of her.)

Me: “I’m afraid it wouldn’t be fair on the other customers who were waiting in line to let you go ahead of them.”

Customer: “Why did you have to say that out loud? They’ll have heard you!”

Related:
In Line And Out Of Line, Part 9
In Line And Out Of Line, Part 8
In Line And Out Of Line, Part 7

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