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Category: At The Checkout

The customer has seemed normal and maybe even intelligent throughout the shopping purchase. But then they get to the checkout and as soon as human interaction is required it all falls apart. The checkout operators really are our first line of defense against the stupid customer!

Rise Of The Machines

| Peterborough, ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Technology

(One of our local hardware stores has just installed self checkouts. I’m in line waiting to use one myself. I watch one gentleman get through ringing everything in just fine, and then he goes to pay. I guess he selected debit or credit.)

Machine: *quite audible* “Please use the pin-pad on the side to complete your transaction.”

(The screen also had a diagram and an arrow. The customer stuck his card in the bill slot, then tried the coin slot, then tried the receipt slot, then tried to swipe card on the scanner. He managed to try everywhere but the actual debit terminal, all while the machine was giving clear prompts along with a picture. He eventually cancelled everything and went to a regular cashier.)

Needs A Medium To Understand This Order

| Detroit, MI, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink

(I’m order-taker at the drive-thru.)

Customer: “I’d like a small-medium [Drink].”

Me: *puzzled* “A small-medium [Drink]?”

Customer: *getting really irritated* “YES. A small-medium [Drink]!”

Me: “What size would you like? Small, or medium?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Won’t Accept The Heavy Responsibility

| UK | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests

(I work in a retail establishment where the government has enforced a carrier bag charge at a very low price, just to help you remember about your bags. It has been in place for a year already.)

Customer: “Just put all the stuff in the same bag there.”

Me: “Are you sure? It’s quite a lot of stuff; not sure the bag will hold.”

Customer: “It’ll be okay; I’m not paying any more.”

Me: “Are you sure you don’t want another bag? It seems about ready to burst.”

Customer: “Stop trying to sell me bags I don’t need!”

(After using some great Tetris skills I finished packing and I hand the bag over while holding the bottom of the bag.)

Me: “Now be careful while lifting it; it’s very heavy and about ready to burst.”

(The bag broke as soon as it was lifted. Customer went on a rant about how I should’ve warned him that the bag was heavy, and that I should’ve known better than to pack it that heavy, and stormed off leaving all his stuff behind him.)