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Their Math Education Came At A Discount

| Aurora, CO, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

(My work has a toilet on sale for $189.00, which is a 40% discount. Most people are very pleased with the deal and I personally have sold quite a few.)

Customer: “Why is this on sale?”

Me: “It’s just a deal that we came up with for our customers.”

Customer: “Is it damaged?”

Me: “No, sir, not at all. This is only a display model, as well. You will be getting one that is boxed.”

Customer: “What if I want this one?”

Me: “Sorry, it’s a display model. Displays are not for sale. You get one in a box, straight from the maker.”

Customer: “That is just weird.”

Me: “Well, the display model gets touched by hundreds of people. The one you get will be nice and new.”

Customer: “What about the price?”

Me: “It’s a great deal. It’s 40% off!”

Customer: “That’s it?”

Me: “Sir?

Customer: “That doesn’t seem like that great of a deal.”

Me: “Well, sir, the original price is $315, so you would be saving $126.00 on it.”

Customer: “Can I pay $126 and still get it?”

Me: “No, sir. You would still owe me over $60 dollars.”

Customer: “Why?”

Me: “Because the price is $189.”

Customer: “That doesn’t make sense. It’s $126 off so that is what I should pay. That is my offer.”

Me: “We don’t sell things by offers, sir. We sell them by the listed prices. The item is 60% off, which makes the price $189.00. It is a huge discount from the original price.”

Customer: “But I made my offer.”

Me: “Yes, but we don’t sell things by best offer. We sell things by our prices. The price is $189.00.”

Customer: *pulling out his phone and using a calculator app* “But $126 is only 40% off! So your 189.00 is way higher than what you think! So because you are wrong, I should get it at $126.”

Me: “Sir, discounts don’t work that way. You subtract the discount from the original. 315 minus 126 is 189, making it a 40% discount. To pay $126, you would be receiving a 60% discount.”

Customer: “That is not true! Give me the discount you advertised!”

Me: “That is what I am trying to do.”

Customer: “Liar!” *storms off*

Next Customer: “Was he really unhappy saving over a hundred dollars?”

Me: “Apparently, yes.”

Next Customer: “Well, I think it’s a great deal. I’ll buy two for my house, as long as you ring it up!”

Framing Herself

| New Orleans, LA, USA | At The Checkout, Money

(I work at a local craft store chain and I’m currently up at the register assisting the cashiers with the line of people. My next customer comes up with a basket of frames.)

Me: “Hello, did you find everything alright?”

Customer: “Yes, I did.” *hands me a stack of frames*

(I quickly start scanning the stack and lining them up to place into a bag when the customer stops me.)

Customer: “Hey one second… why aren’t these frames on sale?”

(I look at the frames, and from looking at the ad earlier in my shift, I know that particular type of frame is not on sale.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. That particular frame is not on sale. It’s only the [current frame] style that’s on sale.”

Customer: “No. It IS on sale. There’s a sign back there!”

(Thinking it is a common misreading of the sign on what styles are on sale, I elaborate that only certain frames are on sale.)

Customer: “No, YOU don’t understand. It’s 40% off! There’s a sign! I’ll go back there and look myself AGAIN.”

Me: *knowing exactly how this is going to go* “Yes ma’am. Would you mind showing me the sign?”

(The customer snickers to her companion and mutters how she’s going to prove she’s right, and how I should learn how to do my job. I pay no mind though. I step from behind the register and have the customer lead me to the sign just in case it was put up at the wrong time or so I can explain it.)

Customer: *points to sign in distance* “See? It’s 40% off because that says so!”

Me: “Ma’am, the sign clearly reads [store brand, current two styles on sale] and on the label of the frames over there it clearly says either of those styles on the frame. That frame you’ve got is a [store brand] float frame, and is not on sale.”

(The customer goes silent and walks up back to the register and checks out the rest of her items, no issue. When I finished checking her out I hand her, her receipt and say with a smile:)

Me: “Guess I’m not too shabby at my job.”

Customer: *turns red and storms out of the store without another word*

Scammed Out Of Trans-cendentals

| USA | Criminal & Illegal, Hotels & Lodging, Liars & Scammers, Money

(I’m working at a hotel for the first time by myself late at night. A strange-looking customer walks in. I assume she’s a woman by her dress and heels she wears.)

Strange Customer: *in a strangely deep voice* “Hello, I’d like a room, if you don’t mind… Here’s my ID and credit card.”

(She hands them to me. I run it through.)

Me: “Sorry, it’s declined.”

Strange Customer: *strangely unsurprised* “Oh, I’ve been using it all day; probably I’m at my limit! Let me call my bank.”

(She makes a phone call that I can’t hear. I sense something amiss, and quickly photocopy her ID. She turns back to me.)

Strange Customer: “My bank says it’s all right now.”

Me: *running it again* “It still says declined.”

Strange Customer: “Oh, no, sweetie. All you have to do is put in this code…”

(She says a code and baffled, I type it in, doubting it will work. To my shock, it does, and the credit card goes through.)

Me: “Okay… well. Here’s your keys and sign the reg card…”

(I give her back the card and ID, and she saunters off. I think nothing of it until the next week, when a police officer comes by.)

Officer: “Yesm I need to talk to you about this guy.” *holds up photocopy of ID*

Me: “Oh yeah… I remember… Wait a minute — ‘he’?”

Officer: “Yes. Did he have a disguise?”

Me: “Yes, he was dressed as a woman!”

My Boss: “Come on, [My Name], that is clearly a man in the picture!”

Me: “I know. I just thought that he was a really ugly woman…”