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The Dirty Dozen

| MA, USA | At The Checkout, Top

(I’m standing in line at the ’12 items or less’ self-checkout behind a nice yet flustered older lady. My hands are full of stuff for my lunch—can of soup, loaf of bread, etc. A second woman comes up behind me with an over-flowing carriage; she’s way beyond 12 items.)

Older Woman: *reading from the screen* “Swipe card.”

(The older woman looks around, but misses the card reader in front of her.)

Me: “It’s right in front of you.”

Older Woman: “Where?” *continues to look all around*

Woman Behind Me: “Tsk.”

Me: “Just extend your arm straight ahead…”

(The older woman turns to face me and extends her hand, with credit card in hand, to me. I put my items down and point out the swipe area on the card reader in front of her. She’s finally able to finish her transaction; all this time, the woman behind me has been tapping her toes, shaking her head, etc. The older woman starts to leave with her purse still sitting on the counter.)

Me: “Ma’am, your purse.”

Older Woman: “Oh! Thank you. I wouldn’t have gotten far without that.” *takes her three items and leaves*

Woman Behind Me: “Some people just can’t follow directions.”

Me: “Like 12 items or less’?”

Woman Behind Me: *turns bright red*

Why Nurses Should Rule The World, Part 2

| Henderson, SC, USA | Awesome Customers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Top

(I am out to breakfast with some friends from work.)

Me: “Excuse me, do you know if the cook uses milk to make the omelets or just eggs?”

Waitress: “Just eggs. Are you allergic to milk?”

Me: “No, but I am lactose intolerant and I forgot to bring my meds.”

(We all order our food. However, after the waitress leaves, I overhear someone from the table next to us asking for a manager.)

Another Customer: *loudly* “I want to complain about that waitress. I heard her interrogating that poor woman about her personal medical issues! I’m a doctor and I know you can’t just ask people about things like that! It’s against the law! She could sue you!”

Me: *to the other customer* “Excuse me, before things get out of hand here, I’m the person she’s talking about. First of all, our waitress asked if I had an allergy to milk. It was a good question considering I made a point of asking if some of your foods have milk in it. If I was really allergic, the kitchen would have to take extra precautions to avoid anaphylaxis. Secondly, there’s no such law that I know of unless you’re talking about the laws in place to protect your private health information from being accessed by other people without your permission. I don’t see how those would apply in this case.”

Another Customer: “What the h*** are you talking about? What are you, some kind of lawyer, smarta**?”

My Friend: “No, ‘doctor,’ she’s some kind of nurse.”

(We all pulled out our hospital IDs. The “doctor” shut up after that. The manager thanked us for clearing things up and left, and our waitress gave us a free round of cheesecake with a free lactose-free muffin for me!)

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A Moment Of Kindness Is Unquantifiable

| Forest, VA, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Theme Of The Month, Top

(Our point of sale has crashed, meaning we can not accept cash. My coworker is in the back trying to fix it. Meanwhile, I am in the front handling more customers than I’ve seen my entire shift, while having to turn away those who don’t have cash. A woman walks in and orders a hot chocolate.)

Me: “What size can I get for you?”

Woman: “Just a small.”

Me: “One moment; I will figure out what that will cost.”

(The woman looks around at the other impatient customers, reaches in her wallet and hands me a $10.)

Woman: “It looks like you’ve had a rough night. You can figure it out whenever you get the chance and keep the rest as tip.”

Me: “No, ma’am! Really! That’s too much! It will only take a second!”

Woman: “It’s really okay. Please keep it.”

(That’s more than I normally make in tips in a week. I never saw the woman again.)