Category: Bizarre

For whatever reason, some Customers are just plain odd. And the service industry unleashes them on to unsuspecting clerks with often hilarious results. If you like your customers just plain bizarre, then read on!

Get Back On Time Or You’re In For A Grilling

| TX, USA | Bizarre

(Our store closes at midnight. It’s 11:45 pm and a gentleman with a bit of a slur walks up asking to buy one of our grills. The grills we sell are locked up outside and cost $99. I ring one up for him which comes to about $108.)

Customer: *slaps down $55* “Is that enough?”

Me: “No, sir.”

Customer: “Let me call someone to bring some money.”

Me: “Well, sir, we do close at midnight. I hope they can get here before then.”

(He hangs up his phone and appears a bit frantic. He begins to pat himself down looking for more money. He then lays a large pocket knife on my conveyor belt.)

Customer: “Listen, this knife is from [Another Store] and is worth $100. Call them; they can vouch for it. I’ll sell it to you for $10… $15, what do you say?”

Me: *shocked* “Um, no, sir, I cannot do that.”

Customer: “All right, dang, let me go home and get some more money. I’ll be back.”

Me: “It is 11:51 pm. You have nine minutes.”

(As my crew and I are cleaning up after midnight, there’s a phone call. Sure enough…)

Customer: “Hi, can I please speak to the man that was helping me with a grill earlier?”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir; he’s gone for the evening.”

Customer: “Okay, well, I’ll be back in there tomorrow for the grill.”

(Who needs a grill at 11:45 at night, anyway?!)

Fan-Assisted Fear

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Bizarre, Crazy Requests, Popular

(I work in a deli in a grocery store. In the bakery department the ovens beep when the timer goes off, much like an oven at home.)

Oven: *beep* *beep* *beep*

(Suddenly there is a loud drawn out scream. The entire section of the store is looking around to see what happened.)

Customer: *at bakery counter* “That beep scared me!”

Clerk: “I’m sorry, sir. They beep when the timer goes off.”

Customer: “You shouldn’t have things that scare people! You need to turn them off!”

Clerk: “There’s no way to turn the beep off, sir. We need it to know when the oven is done.”

Clerk: “There are things that scare black people and things that scare white people and that scared me!”

(The clerk is black and the customer is white.)

Clerk: “Sir, I’m sorry but we aren’t afraid of ovens…”

(The customer storms off muttering to himself.)

Conversational Weirdness Is Spiraling Upward

| NY, USA | Bizarre

(A customer is being served by a coworker at the deli at the grocery store where I work. My customer notices their transaction.)

Customer: “What was that ham that you sliced the other customer?”

Me: “That was the spiral ham.”

Customer: “Oooh, I usually associate the word “spiral” with a staircase… Can you imagine if you were sliding down a staircase banister and suddenly it turned into a straight razor?”

Me & Coworker: *exchange shocked looks*

The Customer Is Fruit Loops

| TX, USA | Bizarre, Food & Drink, Religion

Me: “Hi, would you like to try a free sample of Lucky Charms?”

Customer: “I don’t believe in luck! Luck is of the devil, you know! Luck is of the devil!”

Me: “…I also have Cocoa Puffs?”

Should Be On Decaf

| Long Island, NY, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre, Food & Drink, Popular

(I work at a deli, and for the past month a woman has been coming in and ordering a coffee every day. She is unfailingly polite and friendly, and I begin to look forward to her arrival. One day, she comes in:)

Woman: “Hi, [My Name]. My usual, please?”

Me: “I’m really sorry, [Woman], but the coffee machine is broken. We’re working on fixing it, and it should be fixed by—”

(The woman goes deathly pale, her eyes go as wide as saucers, and she screams at the top of her lungs.)


Me: “[Woman], are you al—”

(She continued screaming like a banshee and dashed out of the deli, screeching and flailing all the while. I never saw her again.)

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