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Category: Family & Kids

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Not Quite Married To The Reading Material

| Boston, MA, USA | Bizarre, Family & Kids

(I’m a female bookstore employee in my mid 20s. While walking through the store, a customer approaches me and asks for help finding a book for her 15-year-old son. After discussing a couple titles, I am able to recommend a book for her. Afterwards, she tries to strike up a conversation…)

Customer: “You know, I just don’t understand why he doesn’t read anymore. He used to love to read, now he says he hates it.”

Me: “Well, you know, when I was about that age, I stopped enjoying reading so much because I didn’t like the assigned reading. I didn’t like being told what to read. Maybe that’s what he thinks, too?”

Customer: “Oh, I see… and are you still like that? Do you still have that independent streak?”

Me: “Uh… well… Now that I work in a bookstore, I can—”

Customer: “No, I mean in your personal life.”

Me: *stammering* “Um… I guess? Sort of?”

Customer: “Oh, dear, no. That’s not good marriage material. You can’t be like that, you know…” *winks and nudges me, chuckling*

Me: *stunned, muttering* “Well, good thing that’s not in my life plan to begin with… Enjoy your book!”

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Not Shackled By Those Wristbands

| USA | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Family & Kids, Health & Body, Popular

(The place I work at has various activities, including go-karts, mini-golf, and laser tag. We have a special on Mondays, where you can get a wristband to get unlimited activities for that day. It starts raining, which means our go-karts are closed. A woman comes up to me.)

Customer: “Ma’am? Is there someone I can talk to about the wristbands?”

Me: “Uhm, I can get a manager. Is there a problem?”

Customer: “Okay, I’ve got two boys with Aspergers, and we can’t wait in line for laser tag. It’s raining, so we can’t do anything outside. I don’t wanna be a jerk but is there any way we can get some sort of compensation or refund?”

Me: “I can call a manager over for you; they’d have the authority to figure something out.”

Customer: “Thank you. I’m from out of town and don’t know the policies here. Do you know of anything in the area that would be okay for them?”

Me: “Oh, of course. My brother’s a high-functioning autistic, so I’ve got a pretty good idea.” *lists a few places*

Customer: “Oh, my god, thank you! I’ve tried a few different places and it’s just been a nightmare for them.”

(My manager comes over. She ends up giving the woman some tokens for our arcade. The customer stops before leaving.)

Customer: “And give your employee here a raise. She’s been a real help for me!” *walks off*

(I didn’t get a raise, but I did get a free lunch!)

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Act Your Age And Not His Shoe-Size

| UK | Family & Kids

Customer: “Excuse me; will these shoes fit my son?”

Me: “Have you tried them on him at all?”

Customer: “He’s three. Will they fit?”

Me: “I can measure his feet if that is what you’re asking.”

Customer: “No! I haven’t brought him with me. I just need to know if these will fit my son!”

(I feel pretty much dumbfounded at this. She then proceeds to demand I get a tape measure to measure the shoes…)

Me: *tells the measurement*

Customer: “Ah, right, okay. So if he’s three years old he should fit into that size?”

Me: “No, it’s just the measurements of this specific shoe I’m afraid.”

(The customer got annoyed and decided to leave, grumbling.)