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Category: Family & Kids

Summing Up Bad Parenting

| USA | Extra Stupid, Family & Kids, Math & Science

(I work at a small water park where it’s $5 for adults and $4 for kids. I’m working as the cashier at the ticket booth when a mom and her daughter walk up. The daughter can’t be more than seven or eight years old.)

Me: “For the two of you it’s going to be $9.”

Daughter: *with a HUGE smile on her face* “That’s $5 for mom and $4 for me!”

Me: “Yes. You’re right! Good math!”

Mom: *hands over the $9 in cash* “No, honey! It’s eight dollars! Four for me, and four for you. That’s eight, ugh!”

(The mom storms in, mumbling something under her breath, while the girl’s smile vanishes.)

Mom Is Breaking Bad Habits

| Australia | At The Checkout, Criminal & Illegal, Family & Kids, Health & Body

(I am serving a customer who is purchasing over $600 worth of clothing and accessories for her son’s upcoming 21st birthday, as well as making an exchange on his behalf.)

Me: “Okay. Was there anything else before I process the exchange?”

Customer: “No. Here you go!”

(She hands me the bag with the original item. As I remove it from the bag, an obviously used meth pipe falls onto the counter.)

Me: *in disbelief* “Um…”

Customer: “Oh, my God! What is that?”

Me: “Um, it’s a pipe…”

Customer: “A pipe? Like a smoking pipe? What is it for?”

Me: *I pause, unsure of how to break it to her*

Customer: “Is it for marijuana?!”

(By now she is already visibly flustered, looking incredibly angry, and, most of all, mortified. I decide not to tell her what it really is, in fear of her having a heart attack in front of me.)

Me: “Yeah. It’s for marijuana.”

Customer: “I’m going to kill him! What else is he doing? Oh, my God. I’m so embarrassed!”

Me: “He’s obviously got a lot of explaining to do?”

Customer: “I’ll have to confront him about this. Who knows if he’ll be getting anything at all for his birthday?!”

(To my surprise, she actually still purchased everything. I do wonder if her son confessed to what he was actually smoking!)

Raising Sheldon Cooper

| GA, USA | Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Movies & TV

(I am the manager. We have a sweet customer who comes in once a week with her adorable toddler. The little girl is always very happy and people often comment on her. On this day, the customer is looking at detergent on an aisle we’re restocking.)

Coworker: “Your daughter is absolutely adorable.”

Customer: “Thank you.” *to daughter* “That nice man complimented you. Can you say ‘thank you’?”

Toddler: “BAZINGA!”

(Everyone in the nearby vicinity including the woman starts laughing.)

Customer: “She can’t say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ that’s intelligible to anyone but me or my husband yet, but, somehow, that came out clear as day.”

Coworker: “Oh, my god. That was so funny. You just made my crappy day so much better!”

Customer: “Oh, well, I’m glad we could help! Say ‘bye bye,’ sweetie.”

Toddler: *blows a raspberry*

Customer: “Sorry, I’ve been trying to teach her that’s not nice. Can you wave ‘bye bye’?”

Toddler: “YAY!”

Customer: “Close enough. I hope she didn’t disrupt your work, guys, and I’m glad your day is getting better!”

(The customer grabs her detergent and they head off towards the deli.)

Coworker: “We should give her a gift card. She’s always awesome every time she comes in here.”

Me: “You’re right.”

(When the customer checked out, we had a $25 gift card waiting for her with BAZINGA written across the back. We could hear her laughing all the way out of the store. We love it when she comes in.)

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