Category: Bad Behavior


Time To (Funny) Face The Customers

| Canada | Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior

(I work at a racetrack serving betters in the restaurant on race nights. We have several regulars who come in every race night. Two in particular, a husband and wife, are very sweet. All of the staff, including managers, restaurant staff, and the employees in my department, love them for being so kind. I have the pleasure of serving them every single race night, so I have gotten to know them and can get away with joking around with them. On one particular race night, I jokingly made a funny face at the man as I approached their usual table.)

Man: “Be careful! My mama said that if you make a funny face, you’ll get stuck like that!”

Me: “Well, I can see you never listened to your mama.”

(His wife broke out laughing and he gave me a high five for my quick come back. To this day we still enjoy making fun of each other.)


Getting A Bad Reading

Australia | Bad Behavior, Language & Words

(In my store, it’s part of our job to greet every customer and tell them about all of our current promotions, even though there’s usually signs all over the store.)

Me: “Hi there! How are you going? Just letting you know while you’re browsing that we have got a 2 for $20 sa—”

Customer: “I know! I can read, thanks!” *walks away from me*

(I shrug and walk off; people like that are better off left alone. No less than five minutes later…)

Customer: *shoves a necklace in my face* “How much is this?”

Me: “All of our prices are clearly marked on the label… so you can read right here that it is $16.99.”

Customer: *continues to ask me the prices of about five other items, all of which are clearly marked*


Not A Very Bikeable Person

| Beverly Hills, CA, USA | Bad Behavior

(My boss, the owner of the shop, has been working with a customer who has visited a few times now. Each time, just before he makes his purchase, he calls a friend who contradicts — incorrectly — everything my boss has said. On this visit, the same is about to happen, and my boss has had it, so he asks to speak to the friend.)

Boss: “Hey there, I’m the owner of the shop and I’ve been helping your friend here for a while. Before he talks to you, I was hoping to ask you a couple questions. What is it that you do for a living?”

Friend: “Well, I’m a financial advisor. I help people with their investments, stocks and the like.”

Boss: “Cool! I actually do a little of that for myself, too! How about next time you’re advising a client, I swing by and let them know what I think?”

Friend: “Absolutely not! Don’t be ridiculous. This is my livelihood, my career. I’m the one with the experience and knowledge about this stuff. You own a bike shop!”

Boss: “Well, when you put it like that, it makes sense. Can I go back to selling your friend a bike now, without your interference?”

Friend: “…”

Boss: “Great, thanks!” *hangs up*


Not Getting Through His Head

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Money

(I work at a call center for a financial company. We deal with loans and sometimes have to contact our clients about their accounts. I call one of them.)

Me: “Hi, could I please speak to—”

Customer: “You have the wrong number!” *hangs up*

Coworker: “I guess he’s not worried about his payment not going through?”

Me: “He’s going to be one of the people who calls back angry and screams about how nobody tried to tell him.”

Coworker: “And just like that it will be the right number again. Magic.”


Watered Down Justice

| Spokane, WA, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Food & Drink, Liars & Scammers

(It is Saturday, so the store is very busy, and the dining room attendant is expected to help take orders when the line gets long. I am helping at the cash register when a large family comes in. The mother has instructed everyone in the family to request water, but I am still required to ask each person what they would like to drink. I have taken all of the kids’ orders, and the mother’s, and have come at last to the father. Our soda fountain is self-serve, and often times people will order water for free, then put soda in their water cups.)

Me: “What would you like, sir?”

Father: “I’d like to have [order].”

Me: “And what would you like to drink?”

Father: “Oh, I’ll take a soda.”

Mother: “Hey! Everyone is getting water. Come on, get a water. Please?”

(The younger children all chime in that he needs to get water, too.)

Oldest Son: “Daaaaad! We’re all going to get ‘special waters!’” *he emphasizes this, clearly indicating they’re going to be putting soda in the water cups*

(The mother and the father both shoot guilty glances in my direction, but the father does agree to order water. I finish their order, and as the line is clear, go back to emptying the bus station and washing tables. I happen to be at the drink station when the family gets their order, and they approach to get their cups.)

Mother: *on seeing me* “Come on, everyone! It looks like we really are drinking water!”

(She filled all their cups with water. It’s nice to see justice happen, sometimes.)

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