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Category: Holidays

Even during the holidays, customers don’t seem to take a break. With that many extra light-bulbs around you’d think a few extra would appear above their heads?

The First Amendment Is On Holiday

| Tampa, FL, USA | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(It’s the holiday season and I am Jewish. For the holidays I am allowed to wear a little pin dreidel that flashes little lights when I turn it on. Out of respect for other people’s differences of religion, I choose to opt out of saying “Merry Christmas” and instead just wish a “Happy Holidays” to everyone. A customer has just finished paying for their groceries and I have bagged everything myself, since we were short on baggers.)

Me: “Okay, ma’am, you have a wonderful day and Happy Holidays!”

Customer: “No, young lady! You said it wrong! It is not Happy Holidays; it’s Merry Christmas! Honestly! You need to quit being such a terrorist! People like you are tearing this country apart!”

Me: *very confused* “Excuse me? How am I a terrorist?!

Customer: “You need to learn how to accept Christ and the Constitution in your heart and stop this hateful and destructive behavior! We need to keep the Christ in Christmas!”

Me: “Well, ma’am, I am sorry if I offended you. But, Jewish and I don’t celebrate Christmas. I just try to—”

Customer: *cutting me off* “OH, MY GOD!! Does your manager know?!”

(She scoffs and leaves the store muttering how she’s never going to shop here again. The customer behind her walks up to the register shaking his head.)

Customer #2: “Christ and the Constitution? Apparently she doesn’t know what the First Amendment is.”

In A Happy Holi-Daze, Part 3

| Victoria, BC, Canada | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(I am working alone, and I get to choose the music playing in the store. It’s mid-December.)

Customer: “Oh, I just love the music you’re playing! What is it?”

Me: “It’s the Barenaked Ladies Holiday Album. It’s one of my favourites!”

Customer: “Oh, God. You’re one of those.”

Me: “Sorry?”

Customer: “You’re one of those idiots who thinks that saying ‘Christmas’ isn’t ‘politically correct.’ Honestly, what is happening to the world? I hate people like you, who try to make the rest of us feel like backwards hicks for saying ‘Christmas!’”

Me: “Erm… well, the album actually has several Hanukkah songs on it, as well as Christmas carols. So it’s their holiday album.”

Customer: “Oh. Do you know where I could buy it?”

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In A Happy Holi-Daze, Part 2
In A Happy Holi-Daze

Tis The Season, For Unreason, Part 2

| Bellevue, WA, USA | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

Customer: “Do all your stores carry different items?”

Me: “Yes, actually most stores carry more than us. We are the smallest location in the area.”

Customer: “No, I was at your location in [Nearby Mall] and they did not have these tanks.”

Me: “Oh, we don’t actually have a location there.”

Customer: “Yes, you do. I was just there. You OBVIOUSLY don’t know much about your stores.”

Me: “I have worked here for over two years as a manager, and have lived in the area my whole life. I assure you there is not a location there.”

Customer: *becoming frustrated* “Well, you don’t know what you’re talking about. I was JUST there. They had a regular one, a kid’s one, and a baby one.”

Me: *holding back laughter* “Did you mean [Sister Brand to our store]? There is one in [Nearby Mall]?”

Customer: “Oh, yes, that must be it. How embarrassing.”

Me: “It’s the holiday season; we’re all a little scatter-brained.”

Customer: “No, it’s called being old! You’ll be like this too someday!”

Me: *sigh*

Related:
Tis The Season For Unreason

Getting More Than Just Brownie Points

| Williamsburg, VA, USA | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(It is the Christmas celebration at this particular park, and the park has reached capacity so almost every food outlet in the place is PACKED, and workers are very stressed. My fiancé and I are paying for our food.)

Cashier: *very hassled* “I’ll be open in a second – be right with you!”

Fiancé: “Take your time!” *smiles*

Cashier: *finishes setting out items and begins to ring us up* “Is that an original cup or a refill?”

(She points at my souvenir mug. Refills are cheaper than the first drink you buy in them.)

Me: “Oh, it’s a new drink.” *she enters it as a new drink which rings up $2.99, and I realize the mistake* “Ma’am, it’s actually a mug of soup, not a hot drink, so it’s $6.99.”

Cashier: “Oh! Oh, my goodness. Thank you for telling me!”

Me: “I get brownie points for being honest, right?”

(We all laugh.)

Cashier: “Are you all season pass holders?”

(We nod and hand her one of our passes. When she hands back the receipt, I notice that she has not given us the 10% pass holder discount, she has discounted us $14 off the $60 check!)

Fiancé: “Ma’am, is there a mistake? We’ve got a way bigger discount than we’re supposed to have.”

Cashier: “Nope, not at all! You two are such a lovely couple and you were so nice to be honest with me!”

(My fiancé signs the receipt and we wish each other merry Christmas before leaving with our food. Yay for Christmas spirit even when things are hectic!)

Not Toying Around With Their Christmas Spirit, Part 2

| IL, USA | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

Customer: “These two here are separate.” *places two items at the end of the belt*

Me: “Okay, not a problem!”

Customer: “I have a question though. I’m not sure if I can do this. Do you know [Coworker]?”

Me: “Yes, I know her.”

Customer: “Well, I’d like to purchase these and leave them for her. Is that something I can do?”

(At this point I assume she knows or is related to my coworker, so I say yes.)

Customer: “Oh, good. I don’t normally do this, but she was just so helpful with finding what we needed and she said she wanted to get something for her young son, but they’re so pricey that she can’t afford it. So I thought I would get her a couple of things for her son.”

Me: “Wow, that’s incredibly kind of you! That’s wonderful.”

Customer: *looking slightly embarrassed* “Oh, no, it’s nothing really. It’s hardly anything. Just a couple things.”

Me: “Well, I think it’s very kind of you. She will be very happy. Would you like to leave a note for her too?”

(She agrees to write a little note that says:)

Note: “Enjoy your time with your son. You were so helpful with these! Have a Merry Christmas!”

(As soon as she leaves, I take it up to my supervisor, who calls her up to the service desk without telling her why. When she comes up, we explain what happened.)

Coworker: “What? Are you serious? This is amazing! I don’t even know what to say! I love my job! This is amazing!”

(Later, both my supervisor and I agree that we both almost teared-up a little bit to see how happy she was. It’s so nice to see generous people this holiday season!)

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