Category: Money


His Haggling Has Rooms For Improvement

| IL, USA | Hotels & Lodging, Money, Popular

(I work as a front desk clerk at a mid/low range hotel it was about mid-shift but my boss who usually takes over for me is there. Two customers come in, both old men.)

Customer: “Here is my coupon. I have AAA and AARP and I am also a veteran.”

Me: “Sir, you may only use one discount per room.”

Customer: “Well, if you come with the room, I’ll take it.”

Me: *said with a straight face* “Sir, if you need all those discounts to this hotel then you can not afford me.”

Customer’s Friend: *as he laughs* “You’ve lost your touch, old man.”

Doesn’t Meet The Minimum Standard

| Milwaukee, WI, USA | At The Checkout, Money

(I work as a cook for a very popular pizza place, and am cashing out a pick-up order for a guy who looks like he is in his 20s.)

Customer: “So, what do you make here?”

Me: “Besides pizza? Well, we have breadsticks, wings, pastas—”

Customer: “No, like money.”

Me: “Oh… well, as a cook, I make minimum wage.”

Customer: “So like, $9?”

Me: “Uh, no… $7.25.”

Customer: “Oh… never mind. I think I’ll just keep playing video games.” *takes his pizza and walks out*

Needs A Price And Attitude Adjustment

| Canada | At The Checkout, Criminal & Illegal, Money, Popular

(I work in a mid-high end clothing store with a high focus on customer service. Unfortunately because of this many customers tend to abuse our policy knowing they are ‘always right.’ This happens one day when one woman continually tries to abuse us. I am currently the only one on the till as it isn’t too busy. A middle-aged woman walks up with a bag full of our clothes.)

Me: “How can I help you today?”

Customer: “I would like to return some items and get a price adjustment.”

Me: “No problem.”

(I start removing her clothes from her bag and notice some of them are part of our one day only flash sale where pants are half off.)

Me: “Sorry, but I can’t give you a price adjustment on these pants. It’s a flash sale today and cannot be applied to previously purchased merchandise. I can however give you a price adjustment on your sale items as they went down more and return your blazer! I’ll just need your receipt.”

Customer: *hands it over, not paying attention as she texts on her phone*

Me: *looking at receipt for most of the items* “Oh, sorry, ma’am.

we only do price adjustments within 14 days and you bought these a month ago.”

Customer: *finally paying attention* “I haven’t worn them and the tags are still attached so I have to have a price adjustment! And the pants I only bought a week ago!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but we only do price adjustments for 14 days and as I said earlier, your pants cannot be price adjusted as it is a flash sale. Only items today count.”

Customer: “Why’s that? I want a price adjustment! I’m within the time limit!”

Me: “It is a flash sale, one day only. Meaning you can only get the sale today if you buy something, not get a price adjustment! It is one of the only times we do not allow price adjustments. I’m sorry, but that’s the instructions sent from head office.”

Customer: “You guys have an unlimited return policy, right?”

Me: *sighs, knowing where this is going* “Yes, we do.”

Customer: “Then return all my items and I’ll re-buy them!” *smug look*

Me: “Yes, you can do that, but I know it’s a price adjustment and you only have 14 days for that AND your pants are not included!”

Customer: “Return all my items! I’m re-buying them for today’s sales!”

Me: *at this point there is nothing I can do, we have to return them* “All right.”

(I process her return, and re-purchase, which totals to her getting around $150 back. I look at the receipt to see which method she paid as it has to go back the same way.)

Me: “All right. So, you will be getting $150 back on your credit card. I’ll just need to see the card to verify it is the same one.”

(Customer shows me her card. The last four digits, all we can see on the receipts, do not match.)

Me: “Sorry, the card doesn’t match. Do you have another one?”

Customer: “My husband bought these for me on his card but we have a joint account.”

Me: “I cannot put the money back on any other card but the one from the receipt; however, I can give you a store credit.”

Customer: “But it goes to the same account!”

Me: “The numbers do not match; I have no way of knowing they are the same account. I only have the numbers.”

Customer: “Just put it on the card! I’m telling you they are the same account!”

Me: “I need the card or proof they are linked. It is credit card fraud to put the return back on another card. I’m sorry; I can give you a store credit.”

Customer: “I want it back on my card!”

Me: “We have an unlimited return policy; you can come back with the card that matched.”

Customer: “But I want it now! This is a one day sale!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but it’s policy to only put it on the card.”

Customer: “This is never a problem anywhere! IT’S THE SAME ACCOUNT!”

Me: “I understand that but there is nothing to prove that. It is credit card fraud to put it on a different card.”

Customer: “Get your manager.”

(I go get my manager who says ‘absolutely not’ after having the same conversation with the customer as me.)

Manager: “It’s for your safety that we have that rule in place. But just this once I will do it for you.” *this happens all the time and customers know this*

Customer: “Thank you.” *huge smile, then turns to me after the manager has walked away* “See, I told you to just do it!”

(The one thing I hate about the customer first policy is how much they abuse us associates and how managers always take their side.)

That Explains My New Ferrari

| USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Money, Popular

(One month, we’re asking customers if they would like to make a donation for poor families in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, no one is having much luck. Finally, one man I ask agrees to donate five dollars.)

Me: “Oh, thank you! You’re the first person today to say yes!”

Customer: “Not much luck, huh?” *he leans forward, smiles, and lowers his voice* “You wanna know a trick?”

Me: “What?”

Customer: “So we can donate one, three, or five dollars, right? Instead of asking ‘Would you like to donate?’ ask if they want to donate one dollar. Then as the month goes by, gradually raise the number to three, then five. You’ll get lots of people to donate one dollar, and if they come back later they’ll remember you, trust you, and agree to donate more.”

Me: “I’m not sure if it’ll work, but thanks!”

(A week goes by…sure enough, his idea is working! He comes back again later and I tell him about my sudden success after trying his trick.)

Me: “Where’d you learn that, anyway?”

Customer: *smiles wide* “I’m a car salesman.”

Refunder Blunder, Part 18

| USA | Crazy Requests, Money

Customer: “I see these earmuffs in your catalog and I really would like to have them, but I don’t have enough money on my credit card to get them right now because I was buying gifts. Soooo, I want to cancel an order I placed yesterday so that won’t charge on my card, and that will free it up some.”

Me: “I apologize. Your order placed yesterday has already been processed and you will receive it within 6-8 business days. I cannot cancel the order at this time.”

Customer: “Can’t you just take a pair of the earmuffs out of your warehouse and hold them aside for me until I have enough credit on my card?”

Me: “I’m very sorry, ma’am, we cannot hold merchandise aside in anticipation of someone ordering it.”

Customer: “Well, do this… I am returning $400 worth of stuff to you today. Once I get the tracking number, I’ll call you so you can go ahead and process the return and credit my credit card, so I can order these earmuffs before they sell out.”

Me: *trying to keep it together* “My apologies again, ma’am. We cannot process your return until it actually arrives to our facility…”

Customer: “Can I speak to a supervisor? It’s not you; it’s just that sometimes they can do things you can’t…”

Refunder Blunder, Part 17
Refunder Blunder, Part 16
Refunder Blunder, Part 15

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