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Category: Crazy Requests

Some customers can be demanding, but within reason. These customers however make some requests that go beyond demanding, beyond reasonable, beyond possible! These requests, like the customers, are crazy!

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Dealing With An Emotional Rollercoaster

| Keansburg, NJ, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Popular

(I’m the ticket booth operator. We offer Unlimited Ride wristbands that can be used for the full day. The park opens at 10 AM, with larger rides starting at 12. The park suffered from a power outage about a half hour before, so about four rides are not working at the moment.)

Me: “Hi! How can I help you?”

Customer: “I would like a full refund for these wristbands. Your website said that all of the rides were open and none of them are! There is no one running these rides!”

Me: “Ma’am, we just opened, and I would have to call a manager to make a refund. The ride operators are not going to run empty rides. If you wait at the entrance of the ride you want, someone will be with you momentarily.”

Customer: “But the website said all of the rides would be running!”

Me: “Yes, all working rides will be running at 12 today. It says that on the website and brochure.”

Customer: “This is an outrage! I am going to expose this scandal!” *takes out phone and start filming all of the empty rides, while getting the ride operator’s faces in the shot*” This is going to go viral on Facebook and YouTube! No one will ever come here again!”

(At this point my manager walks up to her.)

Manager: “Is there a problem here?”

Customer: “Yes! I purchased these wristbands to use for all of the rides, just like your website said, and nothing is open here!”

Manager: “I’m sorry to hear that. Have you waited at the entrance of the ride you wanted so that the operator knows that you want to go on that ride?”

(The three ride operators are now standing around the ticket booth to see what is going to happen with this unruly customer.)

Customer: “No, they should just know to run the ride for us! I just want a refund for these wristbands!”

Manager: “Okay, let me handle that for you.”

(She gives the refund to the customer, and cuts off the wristbands from her and her daughter’s wrists, who is crying her eyes out, begging to stay while telling her mom that she is okay with not going on some of the rides. The mother just drags her out of the park.)

Manager: *telling the woman as she leaves* “Just so you know, my [Family Member] is a lawyer, and it’s illegal for you to post those videos with our employee’s faces in them.” *turning to me* “You handled that very well. Good job.”

(A few weeks later we had the busiest day of the summer. So much for no one showing up ever again…)

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short On Independence Day

| MA, USA | Crazy Requests

(I’m part of a store ops team for a very well-known store. The company makes the decisions and rules, and I follow them. A customer has just approached me.)

Customer: “Can I ask you a question?”

Me: “Sure!”

Customer: “Where do you get off advertising summer chairs and beach towels and stuff when you barely have any in the store?”

Me: “Uh… well, we’ve sold out of a lot of our summer stuff already.”

Customer: “I understand that part but it’s not even the 4th of July and you’re already getting rid of the summer stuff…”

(She walked away mid-sentence, angry and presumably still talking but not anywhere near me. Also, it was two days before the 4th of July and these products were on sale for months already.)

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Saying Freeze And Thank You

| USA | Crazy Requests, Money

(A customer walks up to my window.)

Me: “Hello! What can I help you with today?”

Customer: “Yes, one of your customers just gave me this check, and I want to be sure it will clear before I deposit it in my bank.”

(This is a fairly common request. We are allowed to either confirm or deny that a check will “clear” without giving out any other information about the check-writer’s account.)

Me: “Sure, I can help you with that.”

(I pull up the account and discover that it will clear easily.)

Me: “Yes, sir, it will clear.”

Customer: “Great. Now, I want you to put a freeze on the funds so it will still clear tomorrow. I’m not from here, so I won’t get to my bank until then.”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, I can’t do that.”

Customer: “Why not?!”

Me: “Since you’re not an owner of the account, I can’t do that.”

Customer: “Well, I just don’t understand.”

Me: “Sir, is your name on the account?”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “Then I can’t take any direction from you on what to do with it.”

Customer: “I’m not asking to take money out of their account. I am asking you to put a freeze on the funds so that they will still be there tomorrow. How hard is that?”

Me: “So, just to get this straight, you would like me to put a freeze on funds on an account that your name is not on, and you have no ownership claims on whatsoever?”

Customer: “YES! Is that so hard to understand?”

Me: “I still can’t do that.”

Customer: “WHY NOT?!”

Me: “Because your name is not on the account. I cannot do anything to this account because your name is not on it. This account is not owned by you. Is there anything else I can help you with today?”

Customer: “FINE!” *stomps out*

Coworker: “Did he really think that was an okay thing to do?”

Me: “I wonder about the general public sometimes…”

(Not the first time I’ve gotten a request to “freeze” funds on someone’s account, but definitely the most belligerent reaction!)