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!

Taking Inventory And An Earful

| USA | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid

(I work in Jewelry at a well-known department store chain. It’s a few hours into our Black Friday sale, and I have just moved on to our next customer waiting, who asks to see a pair of gold earrings in our case.)

Me: “These are 18k yellow gold, and the full price is [price], so the discount today is—”

Customer: “No, I’ve looked at these earrings before. They are supposed to be 14k, at [much lower price].”

Me: “Oh, we had several different versions of this earring in stock; it’s a common shape. You were probably looking at an earlier pair we had.”

Customer: *getting angry* “No, it was THESE EARRINGS. I saw these earrings a year ago, and I’ve been watching them all this time, waiting for this day to come and buy them. This is bull-s***!”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am… but if it’s been that long, they were probably sent back to the vendor. We remove older pieces every month to make room for the newer pieces coming in. We did have about five versions of this style of earring, but I remember sending some back about half a year ago.”

Customer: “This is bull-s***! It was THESE EARRINGS! I looked at them just a month ago! You’ve changed the tags on them. This is fraud!”

Me: “Ma’am, we haven’t changed the tags on these earrings. The ones you saw were a different pair. I can check the back-stock to see if we have any left.”

(I check, and find a larger 14k pair at the same price as the ones in the case, and a smaller 14k pair with a price halfway between what we have and what she wanted. I bring them out to show her.)

Me: “Ma’am, it looks like we only have two versions left. This pair is the cheapest we have right now. The ones you saw before were probably smaller than these—”

Customer: *now gesturing to the new earrings I’m holding* “No, THIS was the pair I saw! And now the price is different! This is fraud!”

Me: “Ma’am, like I said, we had several of these earrings. The pair you saw was either purchased by another customer, or sent back.”

(She refuses to believe me, and continues complaining as she shops, using the words “fraud” and “bull-s***” repeatedly. She decides to buy the earrings along with a few other pieces, and complains to my manager while I am ringing her up about “waiting a year for these earrings” and us “changing the tag”. My manager tells her the exact same thing I had about the earrings she wanted either being bought by someone else or sent back, but the customer insists the pair I am ringing up are the ones she had seen, conveniently forgetting she had said the same thing about the pair in the case! She finally leaves after getting the contact info for someone “higher up” to complain to, and my manager shoots me a sympathetic look.)

Me: *sighing heavily* “That’s not fraud; it’s called ‘Inventory’. I don’t think she knows how stores work. Who expects something to still be there after a year, anyway?”

What A Hard Case

| Denver, CO, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests

(We own both a cell phone accessories store and a kiosk in the same mall. A customer is at the kiosk and can’t find anything she likes and is agitated because of it. She is told to come into our store because we have a wider selection of cases. The customer is also currently using a case she bought from us three months ago. She is an older lady of around 45.)

Me: “Hello, how you doing today?”

Customer: “Hey, I’m very agitated right now. My experience at your kiosk was horrible!”

Me: “I’m sorry; what happened?”

Customer: “The guy made me try on your case and it was hard to take off—” *should be a good thing for a phone case so it doesn’t pop off easily* “—and I cannot find a case I like.”

Me: “I’m sorry about that; we have a lot more to choose from here. Let’s find one that fits your needs.”

Customer: “I need one that’s very protective.”

Me: “Okay, all the protective ones are over here.” *I show her our best cases*

Customer: “Noooo, these are plain and ugly!” *walks over to the shiny, flashy, fashionable cases* “How about these?”

Me: “Those aren’t too protective. They’re mainly for looks and show but they aren’t bad if you’re extra careful with your phone.”

Customer: “No, I’m super clumsy. I drop it all the time.”

Me: “Then I’d stick with the higher quality cases.”

Customer: “But I don’t want them! Oh, my god, I’m sooo irritated right now. I don’t know what I’m gonna do!”

Me: “Yeah, it’s a tradeoff. It’s hard to have a perfect case that does everything at the same time.”

(She chooses one.)

Customer: “I’m just gonna go with this one. I hate the one I’ve been using from you guys. it keeps falling out of the case! What is the total?! I’ll pay more if I have to. I want to get out of here now!” *very loud and freaking out*

Me: “I’m sorry to hear that. It’s not supposed to do that. I won’t charge you for the new case, only the difference.”

Customer: “That’s the same as charging.”

Me: “No, it’s not, ma’am. This case is $40+tax but you only have to pay $10+tax to cover the difference because the case you had was $30.”

Customer: “I am so annoyed right now I’m about to go crazy… You guys don’t understand business and I’m going to report this to the BBB. This is why people love Apple, because they take care of their customers.”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. Technically I’m supposed to charge you the full $40+tax for the case. Our return policy is seven days and our exchange policy is fourteen days. It’s been three months and I’m still allowing you to exchange it.”

Customer: “I’m never coming back again! You guys don’t understand anything! I’m never coming back.”

Me: “That’s fine, ma’am. Some people will like our products ad policies and some won’t. It’s not for everyone.”

Customer: “You don’t understand anything!”

Me: “Yes, I actually do, ma’am.”

Customer: “No, you don’t! I’ve worked in sales for over twelve years!”

(Obviously why she’s stuck in sales for 12 years. My boss comes out.)

Boss: “What is going on here?”

(We explained the situation.)

Boss: “Okay, ma’am, let me look up your purchase history on the system so we can further assist you.”

Customer: “NO! I DON’T WANT TO GIVE YOU ANYTHING. THIS IS STUPID. I AM SO DONE!”

Boss: “You know what? Just take it and leave.”

Customer: “OKAY! I’M NEVER COMING BACK!”

(She leaves.)

Boss: “I just want her to get out.”

(I don’t appreciate people trying to get things for free and abusing/ignoring company policies as if they’re above everyone else, but at the end of the day she got a free case after using ours for three months.)

The Perfect Catalog Response

| HI, USA | Bizarre, Crazy Requests

(I work in a large, chain department store. We have sales every week, and mail out catalogues for every sale, along with newspaper ads, commercials, etc. During a busy Saturday sale during the holiday season, I’m working in the woman’s clothing section. A tiny, elderly lady shuffles through the door, spots me, and heads in my direction.)

Me: “Good afternoon!”

Customer: “Hi. You had a sweater in your catalogue.” *a moment’s pause* “Where is it?”

Me: “…”

(I immediately envision all the ways this conversation can go horribly, horribly wrong, but while I’m standing there petrified, she turns her head to the side.)

Customer: “Ah, there it is.”

(She shuffled off into the racks. I blinked, let out a long breath, and scampered away. This tale raised much hooting laughter in the break room later. Never has an employee in that situation been let off the hook so neatly!)

Bagging On The Bags

| Germany | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests

(The store I work at decided to stop selling plastic bags more than six months ago, for environmental reasons. There are posters at every location and the in-store radio repeats it all the time. Still I get this exchange at least once a day.)

Me: “…that would be [price], please.”

Customer: “Oh, and I’d like a bag, please.”

Me: “Okay, do you want a small one for €0.75 or a big one for €1?”

Customer: “Huh? But the bags are only €0.10!”

Me: “Well, the company decided to stop selling plastic bags. The alternatives we’re offering now are nice cotton bags or a big permanent bag, which you can use multiple times.”

Customer: “I don’t believe this; every store is ditching the good old plastic bags! This is an outrage! I don’t want your ugly cotton bags, thanks!”

Doesn’t Understand The ‘Custom’ Part Of Customer, Part 10

, | Adelaide, SA, Australia | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid

(The store I work in is located in a large mall. Occasionally we get calls asking for directions to our store located in the mall, and when I answer this call I assume that’s where the conversation is headed at first. Note that I’m on my own in the store at this point, because my coworker is out the back on her lunch break.)

Me: “Thanks for calling [Store]; you’re speaking with [My Name].”

Customer: “Are you near [Store Next Door]?”

Me: “Yes, we’re right next door.”

Customer: “Oh, good. Could you pop in there and speak to them for me? I’ve been trying to call them about my order but no one’s picking up the phone.”

Me: “I’m sorry; you want me to go next door?”

Customer: “Yeah, just go in real quick and ask them to check on my order for me. My name is—”

Me:” I’m sorry, ma’am, but I can’t leave my store at the moment. You’ll have to call [Store Next Door] back to check with them yourself.”

Customer: “They’re not answering the phone, and I’ve been trying for ages. You’re right next door. Just go and check with them.”

Me: “As I explained before, ma’am, I can’t leave my store right now. I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do to help you.”

Customer: “This is ridiculous. You’re just being lazy. This is terrible customer service!”

(The caller hangs up the phone before I get a chance to reply and I go about my day unaffected, until the phone rings again not ten minutes later…)

Me: “Thanks for calling [Store]. You’re speaking with [My Name].”

Customer: “Yes, hi. I was wondering if you could help me. I’m trying to get in contact with [Store Next Door] and they’re not answering their phone. I guess it must be a little busy over there. Would you mind popping next door and checking on my order for me?”

Me: “Ma’am, did you call about this just a moment ago?”

Customer: *flustered, since I’ve caught her out* “No. Look, I don’t know what you’re talking about. My name is [Customer]. Can you just pop next door and check on my order for me? I’ll hold the line.”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but as I told you the last time we spoke, I cannot leave my store to check on your order. I’m on my own at the moment, and I have to serve customers here.”

Customer: “I’m a customer! Why won’t you help me?”

Me: “Are you interested in purchasing products from this store?”

(The customer promptly hung up on me.)

Related:
Doesn’t Understand The ‘Custom’ Part Of Customer, Part 9
Doesn’t Understand The ‘Custom’ Part Of Customer, Part 8
Doesn’t Understand The ‘Custom’ Part Of Customer, Part 7

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