Category: School

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Various Degrees Of Rudeness

| MO, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Money, Popular, School

(I work as a cashier in a college town. I have already graduated but remain to work until I can find a job with my degree. It’s a busy day when an older man, in about his 60s, comes to my line. I know him to make rude and often sexist remarks at the expense of those around him. Behind him in line is a lady about the same age with her own shopping.)

Male Customer: *jokingly, as I start scanning his items* “So, you’re paying for my groceries today, right?”

Me: *trying to be polite and joking in return* “Well, if I could afford to do that, I wouldn’t be staying here to work on paying off my student loans!”

Male Customer: “Well, you should have had that figured out before you graduated high school!”

Me: *shocked, I try to remain good natured* “That would have been nice; not everyone could be so lucky. My first two years were paid for with scholarships, but the rest of my schooling was still very expensive.”

Male Customer: “My boys had it all figured out. You really shouldn’t be in college if you can’t pay for it.”

(The female customer behind him, obviously annoyed, starts to stand up for me as I continue scanning his items.)

Female Customer: “I know it’s hard these days. Everything is based on your income and tuition is so high. Good for you for getting an education. What was your major, dear?”

Me: “Thank you. I majored in environmental geology.”

Male Customer: “You’re never going to get a job.”

(Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. He’s already upset me in the past, so I’m determined to not let him do so again.)

Me: “Oh, I think I will. I’ve already had three job interviews, so I think my chances are pretty good.”

Male Customer: “Not with a degree like that. My boys majored in something smart, parks and recreation. They got good jobs and make more money than I ever thought possible.”

Me: “Well, that’s great for them. I’ll find a job here soon enough, and I’ll make plenty of money to cover the rest of my loans. Here’s your receipt.”

(He took his items and left, but not before summarizing that I would be working there with my worthless degree. I started ringing up the female customer’s items, obviously upset even though I had tried to not show it. She told me that she had known the old man since high school and his whole family did nothing but whine and complain about everything. She also told me that she was very proud of my education and wished me luck on my job search. If it weren’t for her, that man would have ruined my whole day!)

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Didn’t Study The Deal Hard Enough

| Newcastle, England, UK | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink, Money, School

(I work in a popular fast food restaurant in the city centre. I am working a morning shift and a customer comes up to my till just after nine am and orders two breakfast meals. I ask her how she would like to pay and she informs me she will be paying by card.)

Me: “Not a problem. Please just insert your card into that machine there.”

(I indicate the correct machine and turn around to begin assembling the order, but am distracted by her shout.)

Customer: “Excuse me! This machine isn’t working!”

Me: “I’m ever so sorry. Please just try again. Sometimes our system is a little temperamental. It should work this time.”

(After several more attempts the card has not worked and the food is ready so I ask to see the card; although she is speaking with a local accent some foreign cards don’t work with our system and I think it best to check. On observing, I see that she has been trying to use a student ID card.)

Me: “Uh, excuse me, but you’ve been trying to use a student card. You need to use a debit or credit card, or pay by cash if you’d prefer.”

Customer: “But you can use these!”

Me: “I’m afraid you can’t, madam; there is no way of paying with a student card.”

Customer: “But I want my meal for free!”

(My company runs a promotion where if you buy a meal and present student ID you are entitled to a free cheeseburger or ice cream, but this is only available after 10:30 am when main menu is being served, and does not entitle you to your whole meal for free, which I endeavour to explain to the now irate customer.)

Customer: “So you mean I can’t have my meals for free?”

Me: “No. Like I said, that promotion doesn’t run during breakfast, and even if it did you don’t get your whole meal free. You have to buy it and you get a free cheeseburger or ice cream after.”

Customer: “Well, they’ve been lying to us then! F***this!”

(The customer then left the store, leaving the food on the counter which had to be recorded as waste. I never found out who ‘they’ were.)

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An Artistic Response

| Australia | Bad Behavior, Popular, School

(I’m 21 but very short and petite for my age, so I’m used to customers assuming I’m young and inexperienced. I mostly ignore it. Because our job involves cutting fabric for each customer, we’re generally serving them for around five minutes. Most customers tend to strike up a conversation.)

Customer: “So, how long have you been working here?”

Me: “I just passed three years.”

Customer: “Really? I come in here a lot and I’ve never seen you before.”

Me: “Me too. Funny how that happens.”

(She gives me a glare. I decide to start playing along in case she gets angry.)

Me: “I’ve also been studying at university, so I’m not here as often as the other staff.”

Customer: “You’re at university?!”

Me: “Yes. I’ve just finished and will graduate next month.”

Customer: *condescendingly* “Did you enjoy your little arts degree, then?”

(I’m incredibly offended by this.)

Me: “I’ll actually be receiving a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in business information systems. It’s a very interesting field that involves using information technology to streamline business processes, with the end goal being that the added value will allow the business to remain competitive or gain an advantage. It’s the discipline where information technology meets information management in a business context.”

(She shut her trap after that.)