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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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Not Much Assurance About The Insurance, Part 2

| Australia | Crazy Requests, Money

(A customer calls up because they have been on holiday for three months and a monthly payment had been missed and their policy cancelled.)

Me: “Hello, [Company]; this is [My Name]. Can I ask who I’m speaking with?”

Customer:  “Yes, hi, my name is [Customer]. I’m just calling because I received a letter saying you had cancelled my policy.” *member provides details*

Me: “Okay, it looks like we didn’t receive the last payment and sent you a letter requesting you contact us. You didn’t so we cancelled the policy.”

Customer: “I was on holiday; can you reinstate it?”

Me: “I’m sorry; we can’t reinstate it. I can start a new policy from now if you like.

Customer: “No. I want it reinstated. The post office held my mail while I was away and there’s no letter from you in there, and you should have taken the money. There was enough in there.”

Me: “Unfortunately, we did send a letter. I’m not sure why the post office didn’t have it but it was sent from our office. I’m looking at your details now and the credit card we take the payments from has expired so the bank refused the payment.”

Customer: “Well, why didn’t you update the card information?”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but you need to call us and tell us when your card information changes. We can’t do it without you letting us know.”

Customer: “This is ridiculous; reinstate my policy!”

Me: “I’m sorry but the system won’t allow me to do that. I can start a new one.”

Customer: “I want a manager.”

(I grab one of our managers and stand next to him as he takes the call. He says exactly what I said and offers to honor the old price if the new policy doesn’t match. He puts me back on the phone to take out the policy.)

Me: “Okay, so my manager has told me you’re going to start a new policy and he will match the previous price.”

Customer: “No, he said he would better the price.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but he has told me match. Sorry if there was a misunderstanding.”

Customer: “ARE YOU CALLING ME A LIAR?! HE SAID HE WOULD BETTER THE PRICE. YOU JUST DISAGREE WITH EVERYTHING I SAY.”

Me: “Ma’am, I was beside him the whole time he was on the phone.”

Customer: “…I don’t want to speak to you anymore. Put me through to someone else…”

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Not Much Assurance About The Insurance

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The Storm After The Calm

| Woodbury, NY, USA | Crazy Requests, Popular

(It is the day after a large snowstorm, during which the county was put under a state of emergency including a travel ban. Because of this the high end outlet mall I work at was closed. An angry looking woman marches up to the counter.)

Customer: “I need to see your manager, right now.”

Me: “Certainly, ma’am; may I know what this is regarding? Maybe I can help you.”

Customer: “No, get the manager.”

Me: “Okay.” *I page the manager over the walkie-talkie and step back to wait*

Manager: “Hi, I’m the store manager; can I help you?”

Customer: “Yes, I drove all the way here yesterday in terrible conditions to purchase [item] and you weren’t even open! I demand to be compensated!”

Manager: “Ma’am, there was a state of emergency in the county yesterday. The roads were closed to all but emergency personnel.”

Customer: “I KNOW THAT! It was an emergency! Why were you closed?”

Manager: “We could not open yesterday due to the travel ban. Even if our employees had been able to make it in, we would not have had any customers.”

Customer: “Well, why didn’t you at least call me and tell me that before I risked my life to get here only to find out you were closed?”

Manager: “I would have thought that a government issued ban on driving would have been enough to keep everyone home.”

Customer: “So, how are you going to compensate me for yesterday?”

Manager: “Excuse me? I am not going to compensate you for ignoring a state of emergency and risking your life, and potentially the lives of others, to come to a shopping mall.”

Customer: “I DEMAND [ITEM] FOR FREE! I COULD HAVE DIED YESTERDAY!”

(At this point Asset Protection has already come out and is standing off to the side, they have mall security on standby, and there is a sizable crowd of employees pretending to work on the periphery)

Manager: “I will not be giving you anything for free today. You may purchase [item] if you still want it.”

Customer: “This is OUTRAGEOUS! I can’t believe you made me drive all the way here in a snowstorm and now you won’t even give me what I came here for!”

Manager: “As I stated, I would be happy to sell it to you. Now, is there anything else I can do for you?”

(The woman stands there for a minute silently fuming, then pushes over a display. Asset Protection grabs her and she starts screaming at the top of her lungs about how she risked her life to get here and she should be compensated. After the hubbub dies down the manager looks around at all the employees.)

Manager: “Okay, who wants to help me clean this up?”

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Didn’t Study The Deal Hard Enough

| Newcastle, England, UK | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink, Money, School

(I work in a popular fast food restaurant in the city centre. I am working a morning shift and a customer comes up to my till just after nine am and orders two breakfast meals. I ask her how she would like to pay and she informs me she will be paying by card.)

Me: “Not a problem. Please just insert your card into that machine there.”

(I indicate the correct machine and turn around to begin assembling the order, but am distracted by her shout.)

Customer: “Excuse me! This machine isn’t working!”

Me: “I’m ever so sorry. Please just try again. Sometimes our system is a little temperamental. It should work this time.”

(After several more attempts the card has not worked and the food is ready so I ask to see the card; although she is speaking with a local accent some foreign cards don’t work with our system and I think it best to check. On observing, I see that she has been trying to use a student ID card.)

Me: “Uh, excuse me, but you’ve been trying to use a student card. You need to use a debit or credit card, or pay by cash if you’d prefer.”

Customer: “But you can use these!”

Me: “I’m afraid you can’t, madam; there is no way of paying with a student card.”

Customer: “But I want my meal for free!”

(My company runs a promotion where if you buy a meal and present student ID you are entitled to a free cheeseburger or ice cream, but this is only available after 10:30 am when main menu is being served, and does not entitle you to your whole meal for free, which I endeavour to explain to the now irate customer.)

Customer: “So you mean I can’t have my meals for free?”

Me: “No. Like I said, that promotion doesn’t run during breakfast, and even if it did you don’t get your whole meal free. You have to buy it and you get a free cheeseburger or ice cream after.”

Customer: “Well, they’ve been lying to us then! F***this!”

(The customer then left the store, leaving the food on the counter which had to be recorded as waste. I never found out who ‘they’ were.)

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Getting Shirty With The Buttons

| Portland, OR, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Popular

(I work in a fast paced retail environment. It is worth noting this happens on a busy Saturday, I have a line of 6 people, and am the only person at the register until my back up returns from a break. Luckily I am fast and the line is moving very quickly. An older gentleman has an unbuttoned $15 shirt that he has rolled into a ball and comes up to pay.)

Me: “All righty, you’re grand total is $14.99 today.” *quickly folds shirt*

Customer: *pays* “Can you refold that? I don’t want it to get wrinkled.”

Me: “Okay.” *I refold the shirt slightly nicer, and in a way it will not get wrinkled, but still quickly as I see my line getting longer again*

Customer: “No, you are doing it wrong. You need to button it first!”

Me: “Sir, if I didn’t have a line I would happily button the shirt, but I do not have time to button every shirt brought up to the register without making the lines very long. If you want to refold it yourself you can do so over here.” *I gesture towards the space at the empty next register*

(The customer proceeds to slowly button the shirt and take up the space for both registers so no one can proceed.)

Me: “I can’t help the next guest. Sir, please move over.”

(He ignores me so I gently slide his shirt over so that I can help my next customer who is awkwardly standing behind him trying to get to the register.)

Customer: “Wow. Can I talk to a manager? This is ridiculous you will not fold my shirt the right way. That is what you get paid to do!”

Me: “Sir, I folded the shirt fine. My main priority right now is to make sure I don’t have anyone waiting too long. I can definitely get you a manager but they will tell you the same thing.”

(I call for a manager and my manager comes down and talks to the customer.)

Customer #2: *loudly and sarcastically* “I know it is a busy Saturday but can you spend five minutes buttoning my pile of shirts because my convenience is more important than everyone’s time!”

(Customer #2 winks at me and my manager promptly bursts out laughing while the first customer storms out.)

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Zodiac Whack

| Rockville, MD, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre, Crazy Requests

(I work in a market that tends to draw some crazies. This particular incident actually happened to a coworker who was bagging groceries)

Customer: “Can you please provide me with a different bagger? I get the feeling that you’re a Gemini and I just can’t have that type of energy around me right now.”

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