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Children Take Note Of When You Take Notes

| Philippines | Criminal & Illegal, Family & Kids, Money, Top

(I am at small cupcake store. I have Php100 (around $2.50), which is the exact amount for the two cupcakes I purchase. Next to me is a shifty woman with two rowdy kids. I order and leave my money on the counter. When I get my cupcakes, the money is gone, so I assume my cupcakes are paid. I’m about to leave, when the store owner says she hasn’t received payment.)

Me: “I already paid, miss. I left the money on the counter.”

(She looks down on the counter, and on the floor, but it isn’t there. I am about to take out another 100, doubting if my memory was fine or if the money flew away, when the owner makes a small gaze at the other woman, who quickly notices it.)

Lady: “So, what? You’re blaming me? Why am I to be responsible for some girl who’s whiter? Does that mean she’s not going to cheat you? She didn’t leave any money on the counter!”

(In the Philippines, like America, there’s some racism on the skin color as well. I’m unnaturally white for a Filipino, which hints to everyone about my Spanish ancestry. I’m part Spanish, but dominantly Filipino. Anyone with light skin are automatically assumed to be of Spanish heritage while tan and darker are pure Filipino ancestry. Because of the Spanish colonization back in the early day, some still believe that Spanish-lineage people look down on Filipinos. The lady goes on a rant about how hard her life is as a mother of two, and refuses to be a victim of a, as she puts it, a Spaniard. I keep a cool and unemotional face, but the owner, who triggered the woman’s anger, begins cowering. Finally, her little boy, who looks like he would want nothing more than to leave the kiosk and find a bathroom, butts in.)

Boy: “Mom, I really have to pee. Can’t you just give them back the money you got on the counter a while ago and we can go?”

(The mom’s face turns red, grabs her bag, dumps a crumpled 100 on the counter, turns on her heel, and leaves with her nose in the air.)

Me: “Merry Christmas!”

A Negative Shopping Experience

| NH, USA | At The Checkout, Language & Words, Top

(I am ringing up a customer.)

Me: “Good afternoon, sir. How are you?”

Customer: *remains silent as I scan his items*

Me: “Are you a member of the store rewards program?”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “Have you heard about the program?”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “Do you care about the program?”

Customer: “No.”

(The ustomer swipes his debit card and puts in his pin.)

Customer: “I can say more than ‘no’, you know. ”

Me: “I don’t doubt it, sir. Would you like cash back?”

Customer: “No.”

(Thankfully, he had a sense of humor; after his last reply, we both looked at each other and laughed.)

Very Front Loaded

| Orlando, FL, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Top

(I stop in to my local superstore to pick up some dog treats. I decide to grab a soda for myself from the cooler. Just before I place my items on the counter, a man comes up to the line and starts talking to me.)

Customer: “Hey! Can I go in front of you?”

(I look at his full cart, and then at the two items in my hand.)

Customer: “I mean, since I have so much less stuff than you, it’ll just be much faster.”

(Again, I look at his full cart and at the TWO items in my hands. I pause for 30 seconds not fully understanding what’s going on before I finally respond. He seems kind of agitated and since I’m not in a hurry, and don’t want to cause an incident, I let him go in front of me.)

Me: “Sure, go ahead…”

(A few minutes later he’s finally done and I place my items on the counter. My total comes up to less than five bucks and I go to pay when I’m stopped by a woman who was in line behind both me and the man from earlier.)

Customer #2: “Please, let me pay for these.”

(I’m a bit shocked, and immediately protest, but the cashier cuts me off.)

Cashier: “Kid, I’m not letting you pay. That idiot insisted on skipping you, even though you CLEARLY have less items than he did, and you didn’t make any fuss about it. You deserve much more than just this. It’s people like you that make this soul sucking worthless job bearable.”