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Category: Family & Kids

The Sport Caught Her Short

| MN, USA | Crazy Requests, Family & Kids

(I work at a popular athletic clothing/sports equipment store.)

Customer: “Excuse me, miss? I need some spandex shorts for my daughter. She’s joining volleyball.”

(I am excited to help because it’s my favorite sport.)

Me: “Of course! Let’s choose a color first. Black is the norm, but we also have red, a bunch of blues, and some lovely patterned ones.”

Customer: “I’m just looking for black.”

Me: “Sure. Does it matter what brand?”

Customer: “I don’t think she’d care. What lengths do you have?”

Me: “Two inches, three inches, and five inches are the regular lengths. We also have seven inches, but those are usually seen as too long.”

Customer: *flabbergasted* “Only seven inches?! She’ll look like a whore!”

Me: “Ma’am, five inches is quite enough cover. It’s about the same length as denim shorts. Seven inches goes a bit past the middle of the thighs.”

Customer: *getting angry* “It doesn’t matter! They’re too short and tight!”

Me: “No disrespect, ma’am, but have you considered signing your daughter up for a sport with a uniform that doesn’t include tight shorts? Like soccer, or basketball, maybe?”

Trying To Go Beyond Beyonders

| USA | Books & Reading, Crazy Requests, Family & Kids

(I’m working in the kids’ section of our bookstore.)

Customer: “Hi, I’m looking for the fourth book in the ‘Beyonders’ series.”

Me: “Oh, well, ‘Beyonders’ is a trilogy.”

Customer: “Okay. Do you have the fourth book?”

Me: “It’s a trilogy, so there isn’t a fourth book. But I can show you some of the other books by that author. He’s pretty popular!”

Customer: “No, my son wants the fourth book of the Beyonders, not something else. Can you order it for me?”

Me: “No, because there isn’t a fourth book.”

Customer: “My son SAID he wants the FOURTH BOOK. Just show me where they are and I’ll find it myself.”

(I show her where the three books are. After combing through the shelf for five minutes, the woman leaves empty handed and angry.)

Customer: “I’ll just order it online!”

Complaining For The Devil Of It

| Australia | Bizarre, Family & Kids, Religion

(I am serving a customer who is buying shoes. She has come in with her daughter, no older than six. She is really nice to me until she spots a necklace I am wearing that my mother bought me for good luck. It is a moonstone with a pentagram above it, traditionally a pagan symbol for good luck before it was associated with Satanism.)

Customer: “ARE YOU A SATANIST?!”

Me: “… pardon??”

Customer: “You’re wearing a satanic symbol around your neck! You’re a Satanist! How can you wear that and be hired here?”

(The customers daughter looks very shocked and looks at me worryingly, mostly startled by what her mother had just said.)

Me: “I’m sorry, I’m not. This necklace was a gift from my mother. The symbol was originally pagan as a symbol of good luck and other nice things. It later got associated with Satanism, although it really isn’t anything to do with Satanism at all. I am no Satanist. I did not mean to startle you.”

Customer’s Daughter: *smiles and looks relieved* “It’s very pretty.”

Customer: *huffs and glares at me* “Well, it traumatises children! You should never wear that filth to work!”

(The customer stormed out of the store, fuming, dragging her confused daughter along with her. I chose to keep wearing the necklace every day as she was the only customer who had a problem with it.)