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Category: Language & Words

This category features customers whose mishandling of vocabulary and grammar are so bad that we literally have no words to describe them!

Acting Out Of Border

| Kehl, Germany | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Language & Words

(I am shopping in a store in Germany, really close to the French border, and only one full line is open. An elderly woman with only one melon asks the cashier if they could open a second line, which they do. When the second line opens, another woman with a full cart rushes in the other line to be first. The elderly women with the melon is second, and I am third.)

Elderly Woman: *in German* “Please, I only have one item to buy. May I go through?”

Other Woman: *in French* “I don’t understand what you say. Please stay behind.”

Me: *in French* “She just wanted to go through since she only has one item.”

Other Woman: *in French* “Aw, what a shame. I was here first! And she could at least speak to me in French! Tell her she has to stay behind like everyone else would have.”

Elderly Woman: *in French too* “Are you kidding me? You French people cross the border to do grocery shopping here and WE have to speak in French? Also, I was waiting in the other line and asked for a new line. You just rushed like you were the only one in the store. How impolite is that?”

Other Woman: *still in French* “I don’t believe how rude those Germans are. You can be assured that I won’t shop here again!”

(The cashier finally let the elderly woman pass first, while the other woman was grumbling. Hopefully she’ll be more cooperative next time.)

The Drink Of The Month

| IA, USA | Food & Drink, Language & Words, Rude & Risque

(I work at a kiosk of a popular coffee chain. It’s before school, and my coworker is ringing up a girl’s order.)

Customer: “I want a peppermint mocha, but with no coffee in it.”

Coworker: “Okay, so a steamer.”

(My coworker hands me the cup and I can’t help but giggle a little.)

Coworker: “What is it?”

Me: “Oh, you wrote down PMS for the drink order.”

Coworker: *laughing* “Oh jeez, I didn’t even think about that. But that’s what it is, a peppermint mocha steamer.”

Customer: “That’s one way to start a morning.”

(I make the drink and hand it to her.)

Me: “Here’s your PMS, ma’am.”

Customer: “Don’t go PMSing now!”

Should Have Put A Lid On It

, | FL, USA | Food & Drink, Language & Words, Rude & Risque

(The customer enters the restaurant and looks confused. I take his order and notice he often mumbles words to himself. Once he is done ordering I hand him his cups which he goes to fill up and once he comes back, I notice he has a lid on only one cup.)

Me: “Sir, do you need a lid for that second drink?”

Customer: *thinks for a moment* “Nah, I already blew my lid this morning.” *walks away*