Category: Bad Behavior


An Artistic Response

| Australia | Bad Behavior, Popular, School

(I’m 21 but very short and petite for my age, so I’m used to customers assuming I’m young and inexperienced. I mostly ignore it. Because our job involves cutting fabric for each customer, we’re generally serving them for around five minutes. Most customers tend to strike up a conversation.)

Customer: “So, how long have you been working here?”

Me: “I just passed three years.”

Customer: “Really? I come in here a lot and I’ve never seen you before.”

Me: “Me too. Funny how that happens.”

(She gives me a glare. I decide to start playing along in case she gets angry.)

Me: “I’ve also been studying at university, so I’m not here as often as the other staff.”

Customer: “You’re at university?!”

Me: “Yes. I’ve just finished and will graduate next month.”

Customer: *condescendingly* “Did you enjoy your little arts degree, then?”

(I’m incredibly offended by this.)

Me: “I’ll actually be receiving a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in business information systems. It’s a very interesting field that involves using information technology to streamline business processes, with the end goal being that the added value will allow the business to remain competitive or gain an advantage. It’s the discipline where information technology meets information management in a business context.”

(She shut her trap after that.)


I Propose Kicking Him Out

| New Orleans, LA, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Love/Romance, Popular

(I work at an upscale, very romantic restaurant. Valentine’s Day is our biggest night of the year, we’re booked solid for weeks in advance. It’s not uncommon for people to propose, so I’m not surprised when I see another waiter putting an engagement ring in a cake. A few moments later I hear the girl shrieking “yes!” and clapping. Another couple flags me down.)

Male Customer: “What’s happening over there?”

Me: “I think it was a proposal.”

Female Customer: “Oh, that is so romantic!”

Male Customer: *frowns at me* “You’d better cancel the champagne, then.”

Me: “Sir?”

Male Customer: *stabs at his plate* “You can forget the champagne and the strawberries. You’ve ruined the surprise now.”

(The female customer and I exchange looks.)

Me: “Sir?”

Male Customer: “You let that guy propose. I can’t propose now. I’ll look like I’m copying him!”

Female Customer: “Propose?!”

Male Customer: “Not anymore. These idiots ruined it! How could you let someone else propose!”

Me: “Sir, I had no idea you were going to propose.”

Male Customer: “Well, how are you going to compensate me for your mistake?”

Me: “Sir?”

Female Customer: “Honey, it’s not her fault.”

Male Customer: “They ruined our evening. This should have been magical. I demand to see the manager!”

(I go and get the manager. The couple are whispering back and forth and don’t look happy. Other customers and giving them anxious glances.)

Manager: “Sir, is there a problem?”

Male Customer: “Yes! You ruined my evening by letting that man propose!”

Manager: “Sir, we are not responsible for guest’s proposals.”

Male Customer: “Yes, you are! You knew I was going to propose and your staff let him do it first! And I can’t propose after him!”

Manager: “Sir, I don’t know what we could have done to prevent this. Our staff cannot tell people not to propose.”

Male Customer: *yelling* “Yes, you can! I reserved a proposal!”

(By now a lot of guests are staring.)

Manager: “Sir, please keep your voice down.”

Male Customer: “No! I will not be treated like this. You ruined my entire evening and now you’re acting like I’m the bad guy!”

Manager: “Sir, if you do not calm down I will ask to you leave.”

(The man begins yelling “ruined!” over and over again, and starts throwing his food on the floor. We end up calling the police to get him out. Throughout all of this his companion silently watches. As the police drag him out, still screaming she opens her purse and puts a wad of cash on the table.)

Female Customer: “That’s for saving me from a terrible marriage. Have a good evening.”


Taking A Cheap Shot

| OR, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Popular

(I am tending bar for company with 600 in attendance, so I can’t serve in glasses as we can’t wash them that fast. A customer asks for a shot of whiskey, which I very generously free pour, for which this private club is/was famous. Of course in a 10 oz plastic cup it does look anemic.)

Customer: *in a loud booming voice* “When I order a f****** shot of booze, I expect a f****** shot of booze.”

(So, I turn and pick up a shot glass and pour it full from his plastic cup. I then dump about the same amount out of same cup into the sink. Finally, I pour the shot glass back into the cup and inform him:)

Me: “There you go, sir. You now have your f****** shot of whiskey.”

(He did not complain the rest of the evening.)


A Cent-less Amount Of Swearing

| MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Language & Words, Popular

(A customer is complaining over the speaker about the price of our ice cream.)

Customer: “I can’t believe you’re changing an extra twenty cents when all I want is extra chocolate! How dare you take my money for yourself. I will get you FIRED. Do you hear me? I’ll kill you if you take my money! I demand to speak to your manager, you dumb***. You f****** b****! You shouldn’t charge more for extra toppings because your prices are—”

Me: *having enough of the verbal abuse* “Your total is $3.18. Pull around to the first window.”

(When the car gets to my window, I realize the woman was yelling from the passenger side. The driver looks resigned.)

Customer: “I will give you advice. Do NOT get an attitude like that with me. I am the customer and NOT someone you want to make angry. It is not kosher to make me mad, trust me.”

Me: “$3.18, please.”

Customer: “Did you hear me, b****?!”

Me: “I did hear you. I heard you cuss me out for several minutes over twenty cents and threaten to kill me, and not only did I hear you, but my manager did as well. Now, you have two options. You can pay and get your food and leave, or you can swear at me some more, I will cancel your order, shut the window, and walk away. Now, will you be paying cash or credit?”

(The driver suddenly bursts into laughter. The passenger turns several different shades of red.)

Customer: “Listen here, you f***ing—”

Me: “You order has been canceled.” *shuts and locks window*

Manager: *over the headset* “I hope she complains. The cop in the lobby heard everything and would like to have a few words with her about death threats.”

(The customer did try to complain, but the driver sped away once the cop stepped outside. They never came back.)


Talking Turkey About Your Earnings

, | MD, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Money

(A customer comes up to the deli counter, dressed in relatively nice clothing, and asks me for a recommendation on turkey. I have sampled most of the turkey in the case and can typically give honest recommendations.)

Me: “Well, I personally like [Brand] turkey — it’s got a pretty standard flavor, but it’s good, and [Brand] has a lot of options if you like spicier turkeys.

Customer: “Yeah, but it’s $11.00 per pound…”

Me: “True. If you’re looking for cheaper turkeys, [Store Brand] turkeyisn’t visible in the case right now, but we do have it, and there’s also—”

Customer: “I mean, I make incredible money, but I can’t justify spending $11 on a pound of turkey.”

(He looks around for a moment like he’s going to say something else, but doesn’t and storms off.)

Me: *turns to coworker* “What an odd thing to say.”

Coworker: “Yeah, that was weird.”

Me: “Well, I DON’T make ‘incredible money,’ but I’m gonna buy myself some of that turkey and live my best life.”

(My coworker laughed, and I sliced some and bought it before I went home that day. The resulting sandwich was, of course, very tasty.)

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