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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!

Wish You Could Vet The Customers

| MN, USA | Crazy Requests, Time

Caller: “Hi, I am looking for pricing quotes for my dog.”

Me: “All right, no problem. What is going on with your dog?”

Caller: “My dog can’t walk and I want [dangerous medication], and my current vet will not sell it to me without checking her blood work first, because it is potentially hazardous to her health. So I am switching vets!”

Me: “Well, our exam cost is [amount] but that only includes the exam, no diagnostics or medications. Once the doctor does her initial exam, we can get you a more accurate estimate based on what the DOCTOR recommends for your pet in order to get her the help she needs safely.”

Caller: “No, I am the paying customer. I tell the doctor what I want and they do it. That is how this works.”

Me: *speechless*

Caller: “I want an appointment. When can I be seen?”

Me: “Our earliest appointment would be tomorrow morning. Would you like me to schedule you in for that?”

Caller: “No, I want to be seen right now. Thank you for wasting my time!” *click*

You Can Snake Around But The Answer Will Be The Same

| VA, USA | Crazy Requests, Pets & Animals, Tourists/Travel

(I am a ranger at a state park, leading a group of tourists on a short hike and telling them about the park, then an activity that involves digging through swamp muck to find critters that live in the swamps. I have a ball running and participating in this program and find that most people from 3-70 have as well, though it is geared mostly towards younger kids. Among others, I have with me a family of French speaking guests: a mother, a 7- or 8-year-old boy, and two teenagers.)

Boy: *in broken English* “You will show me snake?”

Me: “If we see a snake I will point it out! I can definitely tell you what type it is and all about it! Keep on the lookout.”

Boy: “No, you show me snake.”

Me: “I… can’t just make one appear. But we do have a good number of snakes in our park! Hopefully we will see one today.”

Boy: *points* “Snake. You tell snake?”

Me: “Oh, did you find one already? Awesome! Show me where? I can tell you all about it!”

Mother: *expectantly* “No, he wants you to find him a snake out here, right now. We want to see a snake, now.”

Me: “I… can not just make one appear, I am sorry. They are wild animals that live in this park and come and go as they please.”

Mother: *scoffs, then talks to her family in French, who also all scoff* “This is not a good program for teenagers!”

Me: “Okay? It is geared towards younger kids mostly, though all ages find it enjoyable, I have found. I had an elderly couple having a ball with me yesterday! You might have more fun if you participate in searching?”

(They continued to talk to each other angrily in French and shoot dirty looks my way as I continued on with the rest of my program for the others. Next time I turned to them, they were gone. 10 minutes later we spotted not one, but three snakes!)

Not Very Closed-Minded, Part 13

| Clifton, NJ, USA | Crazy Requests

(The supermarket where I work is going out of business. There are large signs placed EVERYWHERE stating this. It is the last week of operations where the discounts range from 40% to 80% off. Needless to say the shelves are a little bare and there is not much variety. As I am working at marking discounted prices on items a customer continually approaches me to ask questions.)

Customer: “Why don’t you have [specific flavor of ice cream] I want?”

Me: “Because the store is closing.”

Customer: *yelling* “That is unacceptable! I am going to report you to the corporate office!”

(I can’t help but burst into laughter.)

Customer: “What’s so funny?”

Me: *between laughs* “Lady, the company is going out of business. Do you REALLY think Corporate gives a s***?”

Related:
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 12
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 11
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 10

No X-Ray For Ex-Clients

| USA | Crazy Requests, Health & Body, Money

(I volunteer at a free clinic. We get a disturbing number of people who get angry and entitled. The clinic basically will provide whatever medical services that are both needed, and the clinic has the resources to provide. An x-ray machine was donated a few years back, and we used to have an x-ray tech that volunteered to run it. However, recently, our x-ray tech needed to quit volunteering because of her own professional, personal, and family obligations. We have to tell the patients that had x-ray appointments that we cannot do them. However, seeing our plight, a hospital system in the area has agreed to do the x-rays with a voucher from our clinic at an extremely reduced rate.)

Receptionist: “Hi, this is [Receptionist] at [Clinic.] We have you down for x-rays on [date]. Unfortunately our volunteer x-ray tech is no longer able to volunteer with us, and we’re going to need to cancel that appointment. However, [Hospital System] has agreed to do the x-ray for [price].”

Client: “I’d have to pay it?”

Receptionist: “I’m afraid so. But that is a very generous agreement on their part and it would be done at serious cost to them.”

Client: “I shouldn’t have to pay. So, I’ll just reschedule with you guys.”

Receptionist: “I’m sorry?”

Client: “What time can you guys do it instead?”

Receptionist: “I suppose I didn’t make myself clear. We are currently unable to do x-rays at all. We do not know when we will be able to do them again.”

Client: “Well, the doctor says I need this done, so you need to do them.”

Receptionist: “Again, we cannot. We do not currently have an x-ray tech on our volunteer rosters. We cannot operate the machine without an x-ray tech, as that would be a compromise of care that we are not willing to do for the purposes of cheap care.”

Client: “So what am I supposed to do?”

Receptionist: “Again, [hospital system] has agreed to pick up our x-ray imaging with a voucher system. I understand that you have a very limited income, but their offer is more than generous and we do appreciate what they’re doing.”

Client: “Well, I think you should pay.”

Receptionist: “We do not have the funds to pay for every person’s x-rays at cost. It’s not in our budget. However, if you honestly cannot pay, perhaps I can speak with our ‘Patient Access Professionals’ and see if they can work something out. But it really isn’t in our budget.” *the cost of this person’s x-ray is in the realm of $10*

Client: “You said I’d get free care. Give it to me. You owe me this.”

Receptionist: “We are a volunteer organization, and we exist because we believe that it is inhumane for people to not receive medical care. However, I do not owe you anything. I said that I would speak with PAP and see what they can do. However, we cannot afford to pay for the x-rays of each and every patient in this clinic. It is not in our budget, and we don’t have much discretionary spending in the budget. But I have spoken to people today who I am much more likely to go to bat for with getting their x-rays paid for. Heck, there have been people today that I’ve considered opening my own personal wallet for who have had more expensive procedures than you. But I am quickly losing compassion for you.”

A High Degree Of Craziness

| Los Angeles, CA, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

Me: “And here’s your latte, sir!”

Customer: “Is it extra hot?”

Me: “Yes, I made sure to steam the milk to an extra hot temperature.”

Customer: “Let me check.” *takes the temperature with a baby thermometer from his jacket pocket*

Customer: “This isn’t 200 degrees. I want to a refund.”

Me: “Well, okay… Could I make you another instead? We could make it 180 degrees but past that the milk will burn.”

Customer: “No. How hard can it be to make a latte extra hot? You just push a button! I want my money back.”

Me: “Well… let me get my manager.”

Customer: “Good.”

(He leaves with the latte for free. A few days later he comes back and the same thing happens. Now he comes in once a month even though his latte is never right.)

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