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Time To Face The Hard Candy Truth

| Lafayette, LA, USA | At The Checkout, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

(A woman and her family come in to buy some candy. One of her daughters is eating it before paying, but because they’re buying so much and she’s only eating one small piece, I don’t really mind. After a while, the woman comes up to pay.)

Me: “Okay, that’s [price] for yours.” *I gesture towards her daughter* “And I’ll just need to see hers real quick, too.”

Woman: “Oh, she already ate one.”

(She tries to hand me her money. I pause for a moment, trying to process the situation, and then gesture to her daughter again.)

Me: “You still need to pay for the rest of them, though.”

(The mother got mixed up between letting me know her daughter had eaten something and actually paying for her daughter’s bag of candy.)

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Ice Screaming For Some Proper Parenting

| USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I work in an ice cream shop. All the employees here generally work shifts alone during the winter, since it’s not busy.)

Customer: *after buying ice cream for her two young kids* “Excuse me, I have to run over to [Grocery Store down the block]. Can you keep an eye on these two?”

Me: “No, ma’am, I have other work to do.”

Customer: “Just make sure they don’t get into trouble! I’ll be back in, like, 20 minutes.”

Me: “I can’t do that, ma’am, I have work to do in the back.”

Customer: “What are you doing in the back?”

Me: “Dishes.”

Customer: “That’s fine; just pop out to the front every few to make sure they’re not wandering off! Please?”

Me: *trying to stay polite* “I’m at work; I can’t be responsible for a customer’s children. I have to do my job.”

(I went to the back before she could bargain further. When I came back out later to help another customer, she’d left her kids anyway.)

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Got Them Dead In Your Sights

| UK | Bizarre, Family & Kids

(We have a database of all of our customers,. Once in a blue moon we get a relative of someone phoning to let us know they’re dead.)

Me: *on phone* “Hello, you’re through to [Opticians]; how can I help?”

Customer: “Yes, you sent a letter to my father telling him he needs a sight test. I’m afraid he’s dead now.”

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry for your loss.”

Customer: “Don’t worry about it; he was a moron.”

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Urgently Needs To Learn The Definition Of ‘Urgent’

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Family & Kids, Home Improvement

(We receive a work order that reads “URGENT: fixture burning.” I call to see if anyone is home but nobody answers. We’re in the area for another call so we decide to stop by. We knock, and the homeowner answers.)

Coworker: “Hi, we’re with [Company]. You said you were having an emergency with one of your lights burning?”

Homeowner: “Yeah, the bulb keeps burning out and it gets really hot. We’ve changed the bulb at least four times. I’m really worried because the baby sleeps in that room.”

Coworker: “Okay, we can get that looked at right now for you, if you like.”

Homeowner: “Well, now isn’t really a good time. The baby is taking a nap so I don’t want any work done. But you can come see what I mean if you want.”

(We go inside to see what’s going on. The baby isn’t actually asleep, but jumping up and down in his crib. We look everything over.)

Coworker: *after checking it out, the wiring is all okay* “We can change out the fixture. It would only take about ten minutes.”

Homeowner: “Well, I’d rather have it done another time. I hope that’s okay.”

Coworker: “No problem, we can schedule something for a different day.”

(We end up setting an appointment for the following week. So much for being “urgent.”)

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They’re Uber Demanding

| Orlando, FL, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Popular, Transportation

(I am manning a taxi stand at a sports complex hosting a national cheerleading competition. I am offering complimentary cold water to guests who are using our taxi service, as it is sometimes hot and humid in the Sunshine State. I am approached by two adults and a child who appears to be nine or ten years old.)

Dad: “We would like to go to [Destination].”

Me: “Certainly, sir. Can I offer anyone a cold water for the ride?”

Dad: “That would be great.” *takes water and turns to daughter* “Honey, would you like a cold water?”

Daughter: *crosses arms, frowns* “I WANT A STRAWBERRY LEMONADE.”

Dad: *turns to me, thrusts the water in my direction* “She wants a strawberry lemonade.”

Me: “No strawberry lemonade here, sir. Just complimentary water.

Dad: “BUT SHE WANTS STRAWBERRY LEMONADE!”

Me: “…”

(I close the door and watch the taxi drive away.)

Coworker: “Did that just happen?”

Me: “I’m going to start weeping for the future now.”

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