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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!

Not Giving The Staff Enough Credit

| IL, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Money

(I work at a clothing store, we have a pinpad where customers can swipe their cards but we have to swipe the card at the register. And we have to ask if it’s credit or debit, and if it’s credit we need to ask to see the customer’s ID.)

Me: “Is that credit or debit?”

Customer: *says as if I don’t understand English* “This is a… credit… card. It’s American Express.”

Can’t Put A Price On A Priceless Reaction

| OR, USA | At The Checkout, Money

(I work in a small store, all of our pricing is done with pricing guns that print stickers to the product. We have six+ different pricers, and occasionally mistakes are made, the same item ends up with two different prices, etc;)

Customer: “Look! These are the same thing, one is $1.25, one is $1.50! Why is that!?”

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry. Sometimes things get mis-marked by mistake. But the correct price is $1.25.”

Customer: “I don’t want any, just wanted to know WHY they were different!”

Manager: “Well we have several different pricers. Sometimes they just go off of memory or forget the latest update. I’m sorry for any confusion.”

Customer: “Ah, thank you! I think some of them need to go back to kindergarten, yeah?” *laughing, he gestures towards me*

Manager: *without laughing, stares, unmoving at the customer…*

Customer: *slowly stops laughing, gets uncomfortable and leaves*

Cancel My Previous Statement

| USA | At The Checkout, Technology

(I work at a well-known retail store. We work with pin-pads for debit and credit. I like to walk people through each step, because if you select the wrong thing you’ll have to slide the card again and this annoys customers.)

Customer: *swipes card*

Me: “Now if you could select debit or credit.”

Customer: *selects debit*

Me: “Now then—”

Customer: “EXCUSE ME! I’M NOT STUPID! I don’t need you to walk me through this. I know how to do it!”

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry; I didn’t mean—”

Customer: “I use my card all the time. I think I KNOW HOW TO USE A PIN-PAD!”

(I decide to let it go. I don’t talk again until I look at the screen.)

Me: “Um, excuse me, ma’am—”

Customer: “WHAT!”

Me: “Did you find something wrong with the price?”

Customer: “No. Why?”

Me: “Because you just cancelled the entire transaction.”