Category: Math & Science

Everyone needs basic math and science skills to survive. However, these customers were definitely sleeping their way through class!

Causing Infractions

| Iowa, USA | Math & Science, Top

(I work in a grocery store meat department. I’m helping a customer who is wanting items packaged specifically, like six steaks in two packages of three. She has been talking to me with a very condescending tone like I’m stupid. I am a science major in college.)

Customer: “Can I get two packages of four rib eyes?”

(I wrap the steaks in two packages and give them to her.)

Customer: “You can add, subtract, and multiply, but can you divide?”

Me: “I can divide, differentiate, integrate, and do logarithms, just to name some of what I can do.”

(Her face goes pale and her tone completely changes the rest of the time I have to deal with her. She leaves in a hurry.)

Causing Infractions With Customers

| PA, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

Customer: “Give me about half pound of the all-beef salami.”

Me: “Sure thing, ma’am.”

(I slice up the salami. I’m usually pretty good at eyeballing the weight of a product, but when I put the sliced salami on the scale, it’s pretty underweight.)

Customer: “I think that will be enough. Is that less than a half pound?”

Me: “Yes, it’s about four-tenths.”

(The customer gives me a blank look.)

Me: “Four-tenths of a pound.”

Customer: “I don’t understand what that means.”

(The customer looks to her husband for help, but he looks as perplexed as she does and just shrugs.)

Customer: “Are you sure it’s less than half a pound?”

Me: “I’m positive, ma’am.”

Customer: “I don’t know…”

Me: “A half is five-tenths, right? Four-tenths is less than five-tenths.”

Customer: “I don’t understand what you’re talking about.”

Me: “Okay, uh, well… what’s worth less, forty cents or fifty cents?”

Customer: “There’s no way all that salami only costs fifty cents!”

(She did eventually buy the four-tenths of a pound of salami at the listed price, though I doubt either she or her husband were convinced it was less than half a pound.)

Some People Just Don’t Like Change

| Omaha, NE, USA | Math & Science, Money

(The customer’s total is $12.84. She hands me a $20 bill. While I’m counting out her change of $7.16, she hands me a quarter.)

Me: *confused* “Uh, thanks. But that’s not really necessary.”

(I set the quarter on the counter so she can take it back while I finish gathering her change.)

Customer: “No, it’s okay. It makes it easier.”

Me: “Oh, well, I appreciate the intention, ma’am, but it was 84 cents due, so a quarter doesn’t really make a difference. I’d just be handing your quarter right back to you.”

Customer: *condescending* “Well, I was just trying to make it easier, but if you want to complicate it, that’s up to you.”

Me: “Ma’am, I don’t see how I’m complicating things. I owe you 16 cents. If I take your quarter, I’ll owe you 41 cents, which is just a quarter plus sixteen cents.”

Customer: “Just give me my change! I was just trying to help you out! You obviously need to go back to school!” *storms out, leaving her quarter on the counter*

More Of A Dollar Half Full Kind Of Person

| OH, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

Me: “Okay, will that be all?”

Customer #1: “Yes, thanks.”

Me: “Do you have a [store] card?”

Customer #1: “Oh, I do!”

Me: “Alright, your total is $9.43.”

Customer #1: “Oh look, I even saved money!”

Customer #2: “How much?”

Me: “Umm, $0.60.”

Customer #2: “Ooh, that’s almost half a dollar!”

This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 16

| ON, Canada | Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

Customer: “Excuse me, miss? I’d like a $20 iTunes card, but there are none here.”

Me: “Oh, yes. Unfortunately we haven’t received that shipment yet. But we do have the $10 cards.”

Customer: *frustrated* “But I want a $20 card.”

Me: “Well, ma’am, you could always buy two $10 cards instead.”

Customer: *yelling* “That doesn’t equal 20 dollars!” *storms out of the store*

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