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!

Sadly This Behavior Is Old News

| PA, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests

Customer: “One copy of the local paper, please.”

Me: “Okay, that’ll be [amount].”

Customer: “I just want to look at it for a minute.”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, our newspapers are not for browsing. You will need to purchase it.”

Customer: “When the h*** did that become a rule?”

Me: “People were clipping coupons, marking up, and otherwise rendering the papers unsalable, so management—”

Customer: “Well, I’m not going to do that! I’m here to buy gifts. Just give me the d*** paper.”

Me: “Ma’am, I can’t do that. I’ll be happy to hold a copy for you until you’re done shopping and ready to be rung up.”

Customer: “You f****** little b****. Whatever happened to ‘the customer is always right’? I’m one of your best customers! Get me your manager!”

(I call my manager to the counter. The customer continues to berate me, at one point telling me she hopes I burn in h***.)

Manager: “What seems to be the problem?”

Customer: “Your employee will not let me merely look at a newspaper. I came in here today intending to purchase gift cards for my entire family for the holidays, but if this is the kind of customer service I get, I will take my business elsewhere!”

(My manager looks at this customer, and I can see the moment he picks business model over me.)

Manager: “Your behavior towards my employee was very rude, but given the holiday season, I’ll let it slide. Here is a newspaper. Please bring it to the checkout with your purchases when you’re ready.”

(The customer walked off with her paper, and I was graciously given five minutes in the back to ‘get myself together.’ Two hours later, the cafe employees brought the news that the customer clipped three coupons out of the paper, spilled water on it, and left without buying anything.)

Doesn’t Get The Employee Part Of Discount

| FL, USA | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(I work for a major pizza chain, and have since I was fourteen. This call starts slow, with the customer having to ask someone in the background for every piece of information needed for delivery.)

Me: “All right, sir, what can I get for you?”

Customer: “Yeah, can I get, um… What do you want… pepperoni and black olive.”

Me: “All righ—”

Customer: “Does that come on a veggie pizza?”

Me: “…Does pepperoni and black olive come on a veggie pizza?”

Customer: “Yeah.”

(I’m stunned into silence for a beat, then another waiting to see if it’s a joke.)

Me: “No, sir, pepperoni does not come on a veggie pizza.”

Customer: “All right… just make that one a pepperoni and black olive pizza.”

(The rest of the phone call goes without much trouble, but slowly. Since I tend to be nice to the customers, I gave him a coupon which cut a portion of the cost off.)

Me: “All right, sir, your total comes to $29.92 today.”

Customer: “Nah, I’m going to use my employee discount on this.”

(Again, I find myself stunned into silence for a beat. Then I get frustrated.)

Me: “Two problems with that, sir. One, we’ve never offered employee discount on delivery. Two, you don’t work at this store.”

Customer: “Oh, I have to work there for that?”

Me: *head on desk* “Yes, sir, you have to work here for an employee discount.”

Toys We ‘R’ Not

| IN, USA | Bizarre, Crazy Requests

Me: “Thanks for calling [Store]. This is [My Name]. How may I help you?”

Caller: *in a strong accent* “I’m lookin’ for Taggers!”

Me: “Taggers?”

Caller: “Yes, I need some Taggers and I know ya had ’em last year, I want ’em for Easter.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I have bad hearing. Could you spell that for me?”

Caller: “What’s so hard about Taggers?” *sighs* “T-a-g-g-e-r-s; Taggers!”

Me: “Taggers?”

Caller: “Yes! Giant, stuffed, plush Taggers!”

Me: “Oh, tigers!”

Caller: “That’s what I said!”

Me: “I’m sorry we didn’t get any in this year.”

Caller: “Well do you know who might have them?”

Me: “Toys R Us?”

Caller: “Great idea! I’ll give you my number.”

Me: “Number?”

Caller: “You know, my phone number!”

Me: “Why would you give me your phone number?”

Caller: *sigh* “So you can call them and then tell me if they have any!”

Me: “I’m sorry; I can’t dial out, but you have a nice day and I hope you find what you’re looking for.”

(I quickly hung up the phone and my manager laughed at me, until he answered the phone. It was the same woman calling back, wanting us to see if ‘Toys R Us’ had her Taggers.)

Not Very Closed Minded, Part 10

, | Rexburg, ID, USA | Books & Reading, Crazy Requests

(I’m the supervisor at a university library closing on a Friday night, when we close earlier. We have an irate student come to the desk five minutes before we close.)

Coworker: “How can I help you?”

Student: “I didn’t know you guys closed early on Fridays. I need you to stay open for me!”

Coworker: “Our hours are posted, and we don’t have the power to keep the library open.”

Student: “You don’t know anything! I want to speak to your supervisor!”

(I step in at this point.)

Me: “What can I do for you?”

Student: “I just started a test! I need you guys to stay open for another hour!”

Me: “Unfortunately, we don’t have the power to keep the library open past hours.”

Student: “You just don’t know you can do something! Well, I’m going to stay, whether open or closed!”

(The student stormed off, and security escorted him out at closing.)

Related:
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 9
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 8
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 7

Having A Loan Moan

| Houston, TX, USA | Crazy Requests, Technology

(Often we have people wanting to pick up items that have been pawned in their spouses/parents/sibling’s name. This is possible; however the original ticket is required in order to avoid theft. Occasionally, if they don’t make it in by their due date the item is pulled for sale. If this happens and they come in and want it back, they are able to buy it back and we only charge them the loan amount plus interest.)

Customer: “I want to pick up my tablet but I don’t have the ticket.”

Me: “Okay, let me get your ID and I can look that up for you.”

(After several minutes of searching using her name and her ID number separately, I am unable to find said tablet.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, it doesn’t seem to be here. Could it be under anyone else’s name? Maybe a friend or relative?”

Customer: “No. It’s definitely in my name. Just go in the back and look for it.”

Me: “Okay, ma’am. We do have a lot of tablets and I wouldn’t usually do this, but since it’s a slow day I can spare a few minutes to have a look.”

(After ten minutes of searching, I still can’t find the tablet.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, I can’t find it. Are you sure it was at our store?”

Customer: “It was definitely here and it was definitely in my name. Did you sell it? It wasn’t due!”

Coworker: “Could it be in your husband’s name?”

Customer: “Yes.”

(I look under her husband’s name and sure enough, there it is. Since she doesn’t have the original ticket, she is not able to pick it up.)

Me: “Well, it looks like we found it. Unfortunately, since it isn’t in your name and you don’t have the ticket, your husband will have to come in to pick it up.”

Customer: “THIS IS RIDICULOUS. HE IS MY HUSBAND! Well, I have some other things to pick up under my name. Another tablet and an Xbox One.”

(I look up her name again to find that the tablet was pulled a full two months ago. She loaned $200. That plus the interest for the full two month loan and the two months since it was pulled would have come to $360, but since it’s been a rough day already I decide to just charge her for three months, which comes to $320.)

Me: “Here’s the Xbox, ma’am. It looks like your tablet was pulled some time ago, as your last day of grace was two months ago. You can buy it back at $320, which is your loan amount plus three months of interest.”

Customer: “No. [Manager] said she would keep it for me and it would be $240 to buy it back.”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, that would be the cost if you picked it up one month into your two month loan period. There’s no way I can give it to you for that, considering it’s been four months.”

(The customer then leaves with her Xbox One. Later, she returns with her husband, carrying the Xbox One box. They pick up the tablet that was in his name and do not mention the one that was pulled. They then call my manager over.)

Customer: “I picked up this Xbox but you stole my controllers. I need you to give me new controllers.”

Manager: “I’m sorry, but it says in our system that we didn’t take in any controllers. I can call the employee who took it in to be sure though.”

(She calls the employee, who confirms that the customers took the controllers home with them.)

Manager: “I’m sorry but she did confirm that we never took in any controllers.”

Customer: “You stole my controllers! Call the police! I want my controllers!”

Manager: “If you like, we can get the footage from the cameras up. But even if we do see that you did not take the controllers with you, we won’t be able to replace them tonight. We are already closed and since we don’t have any Xbox One controllers in stock we’ll have to send someone to buy some tomorrow.”

(The customer begins shouting and screaming about wanting to play Xbox tonight. Eventually, her husband manages to convince her to leave. We did manage to find the footage, and she did take the controllers home with her. The next day, she came back in.)

Customer: “Do you have my controllers yet?”

Manager: “I’m sorry, ma’am. We were able to find the footage and you did take them with you. We won’t be able to replace your controllers as you never left them with us.”

Customer: “I CAN’T BELIEVE Y’ALL ARE TRYING TO STEAL FROM ME. YOU BETTER GET SOMEONE WITH EYES TO LOOK AT THAT VIDEO BECAUSE Y’ALL STOLE MY CONTROLLERS!”

(As she’s shouting, I hear my manager on the phone.)

Manager: “Okay, they’re sending someone to take a look.”

Customer: “Who?”

Manager: “The police.”

Customer: “OH, THAT’S HOW IT IS? YOU’RE GONNA CALL THE POLICE ON ME?”

(The customer RAN out the door, never to be seen again.)