Category: Family & Kids

A Couple Of Annoying Squirts

| USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Top

(Our shop is pretty quiet at the moment. The only customer in it is a twenty-something woman, eating her meal and reading a book. Two boys, about fifteen and thirteen, come in carrying what appears to be badly painted water pistols.)

Older Boy: Yo, b****! This is a stick up!

Younger Boy: “Yeah, give us all your money! Empty the register.”

(At this point, the woman looks up. She gets a very angry look on her face.)

Me: “Those aren’t real guns.”

Older Boy: “F***, yeah, they are! Hurry up!”

(The woman walks over to them and taps the older boy on the shoulder.)

Older Boy: *turns around* “What the?”

(He freezes and stutters for words. The woman smacks the other boy’s head with her book.)

Woman: “What the h*** do you two think you’re doing? Are those squirt guns?”

(Both boys look shocked. The older one is beet red and the younger one is actually crying.)

Woman: “Go to the corner, right this instant! I’m calling your mother.”

(Both boys go to sit in the corner of the restaurant.)

Woman: “Ah! Apologize to this nice lady first!”

Both Boys: “S…s…sorry!”

Woman: “Now go stand in that corner and face the wall!”

(Both boys obey and stand against the wall. The woman then turns back to me.)

Woman: “I’m sorry, I really am.”

(The woman proceeds to call their mother, who shows up five minutes later and hauls both boys out. Apparently, the woman is their aunt. She left us two twenty dollar bills in our tip jar!)

Hug And A Smile Make It All Worth While

| Dallas, TX, USA | Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Theme Of The Month

(I am standing in line to check out at a local convenience store. The employees are very busy with what appears to be a massive restocking job. One employee has taken a 30 second break to get a drink when a child who can’t be older than 7 speaks up to her.)

Child: “You’re not smiling. You have to smile! Everyone has to smile!”

Employee: “Aw, I’m sorry, I’m just busy.” *smiles a little for the child*

Child: “You know what you deserve?”

Employee: “No, what’s that?”

Child: “A hug!”

(The child hugs the employee.)

Employee: “Aw, thank you!”

(The entire place seemed to brighten up after this and the kid’s parents couldn’t stop grinning either. It brightened all our days!)

DVDishonesty

| Ardmore, OK, USA | Family & Kids, Liars & Scammers

(I am working the self checkouts. A family has just voided an item off their ticket and I come over to see what’s up. They consist of a mother, a father, and a 6- or 7-year-old boy. They are of Hispanic descent and seem to speak primarily Spanish.)

Me: “Hi, is anything wrong?”

Mother: “This movie is ringing up for $16-something, but we got it out of the $5 bin.”

Little Boy: “Wait, no we didn’t! We got it off the shelf!”

(The mother hits the little boy admonishingly, says something in Spanish, and then hurries off. The father, however, lingers behind.)

Father: “I’m so sorry!” *leaves*

Parents Need Guidance

| Maple Grove, MN, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(A customer comes in with a couple kids, talking on her cell phone.)

Customer: *to me* “Two.” *continues talking on phone*

Me: “For the indoor playground today?”

(The customer nods and holds out $20. I make sure to make eye contact with them, since she’s still talking on her phone)

Me: “Okay, that will be $8.”

(I take the $20 and hand her the change, and since she is clearly distracted, I also make sure to get her a receipt before I put the wristbands on the kids.)

Customer: *to her phone* “She didn’t even tell me how much it was! She just took my money!”

How To Train Your Dragon Loving Child

| Sydney, NSW, Australia | Awesome Workers, Family & Kids, Pets & Animals, Top

(I’m a customer at a bookshop. As I’m browsing, I overhear a nearby mother spending five minutes patiently explaining to her young daughter that dragons aren’t real. The daughter is only about 3 or 4.)

Mother: “For the last time, they’re just made up! For fun! They don’t actually exist!”

Daughter: “But they’re in this book! Look!”

Mother: “Oh, for… I’ve already explained this. Come on, we’re leaving.”

Daughter: “Can I buy the dragon book?”

Mother: “Of course not! That’s the last thing I need.”

(They make their way over to the cash register, where the mother pays for a few books. The daughter looks up at the salesman with big eyes.)

Daughter: “Excuse me, mister. Are dragons real?”

Salesman: *leans in close* “Well, that’s what we have to tell you.”

(The daughter’s face lights up instantly and the mother lets out an exasperated sigh. That man just made my day, and the day of a tiny little girl who loves dragons.)