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?

Thankful To Know True History

| AZ, USA | Extra Stupid, History, Holidays, Popular

(The store I work at has a lot of merchandise from around the world. We sell almost everything from furniture and home decor to food, kitchen needs, and even toys. A lady in her 40s comes up to my register and she’s very friendly. She strikes up a conversation.)

Me: “Did you find everything all right, ma’am?”

Customer: “I did! You guy have so many cool things here.”

Me: “That we do, ma’am. Getting ready for Thanksgiving, I see?”

Customer: “Oh, yes! Actually I homeschool my kids so I thought this was a great opportunity to teach them a little more about history.”

Me: “That’s a really good idea, gives them a little hands-on learning.”

Customer: “Exactly! I’m making it as authentic as I can. A first century Thanksgiving! I want my kids to experience how Jesus had his Thanksgiving.”

(I am so absolutely speechless that I just smile and finish with the transaction. She pays, thanks me, and then leaves. My coworker who is standing close by walks up.)

Coworker: “I’m actually really worried for her children’s education. Especially since she thinks Jesus had a Thanksgiving regardless that it was more than a thousand years after he died…”

Valentine’s Pay

, | Neuquén, Argentina | At The Checkout, Holidays, Love/Romance

(I’m the customer in this one. It’s Valentine’s Day, and although is not a really celebrated holiday in my country, the company is American. I have already ordered and I’m about to pay when the cashier smiles at me and makes me a question.)

Cashier: “Are you in love?”

(I was rejected by my crush two weeks ago, so the question doesn’t make me happy at all.)

Me: “No, not really…”

Cashier: *bummed* “…I’ll give you the discount anyway. I hate having to ask that.”

Kiss Your Crappy Day Goodbye

| USA | At The Checkout, Holidays, Popular

(It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re packed with people buying candy and flowers. A woman dressed in black and pink comes up to the register with a bag of Hershey kisses. She’s wearing small pink faerie wings strapped to her back.)

Me: “So, you just winging it today?”

Faerie Lady: *laughs and tears open the bag of candy* “Here!”

Me: “What?”

Faerie Lady: *drops a handful of Hershey kisses on the counter* “Now you can say you got kisses from a stranger on Valentine’s Day!”

(She then giggled and skipped off into the store, stopping once to give my coworker gathering carts a few more pieces of candy and repeating what she said to me. She must have waited 45 minutes, just so she could buy some candy to give to strangers. Kinda made my day.)

Remember, Remember, Any Day In November

| USA | Holidays, Time

(We offer our season subscribers the exclusive ability to exchange their tickets to another performance if something comes up in their schedule. It’s a week before the next show begins and I’m on the phone with a subscriber.)

Me: “Okay, I have your record up. Which performance did you want to exchange?”

Customer: “This one. I want to move it to next Saturday instead.”

Me: *clarifying* “You’d like to change from NEXT Saturday Nov. 7th to the following Saturday Nov. 14th?”

Customer: “Yeah, yeah. I want to move from this Saturday to next Saturday.”

Me: “You actually have next Saturday Nov. 7th already. Are you looking to move to the Saturday after – Nov 14th?”

Customer: “No. I’ve got THIS Saturday. I need to move it.”

Me: “You have next Saturday, Nov 7th.”

Customer: “No. I have THIS Saturday.”

Me: “We don’t have a performance this Saturday, The show begins next Tuesday Nov. 3rd, and you’re scheduled for Saturday Nov. 7th.”

Customer: “Wait, wait, wait… Wait… I… Oh. I have this – I think I wrote it in my calendar wrong. So I have the 7th?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “Well, the 7th works fine for me. I have to go somewhere on Halloween, so I thought I had to switch it.”

Me: “So the 7th is fine?”

Customer: “Yeah, looks like I’m all set.”

Me: “Great! We’ll see you then!”

Customer: “Oh! Wait a minute.”

Me: “Yes?”

Customer: “Is Halloween on November 7th?”

Me: “…Uh, no.”

Customer: “Okay, then. Yeah, I’m fine. Thanks! Bye!”

Swearing Off Father Christmas

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Holidays, Popular, Theme Of The Month

(It’s Christmas Eve. I’m standing at the mall entrance for a retail chain whose logo is concentric circles, checking receipts on expensive merchandise. I see a man in his late 30s to early 40s walk past with a five-to-six-year-old boy, presumably his son, both empty handed.)

Me: “Have a wonderful evening, sir, and Merry Christmas.”

Man: *turns around and flips me off* “How about you go f*** yourself, jack-a**!”

*turns back around and continues walking*

Me: *taken aback from his nonchalant hostility in front of his son* “Well, I hope your night gets better, sir, and that Junior repeats Daddy at Christmas dinner!”

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