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Setting Mother Straight

| USA | Awesome Customers, Bigotry, Top

(I’m working the cash register when a mom comes through with a teenage daughter in a private school uniform. I’m pretty flamboyantly gay.)

Me: “Hello today, ladies. Did you find everything you need?”

Mom: “Just shut up and finish this f**.”

(I’m used to this kind of abuse, so I continue ringing her up. I notice the daughter roll her eyes at her mother, but doesn’t comment.)

Me: “And if you could just sign that receipt right there, ma’am.”

Mom: *snatches receipt* “You should be ashamed of yourself! Acting that way in front of my daughter! Homosexuals are ruining this country! Look at those two over there making out in the middle of the store!”

(Her rant continues as she points to a young couple walking through the store holding hands. She then goes on to attack the ‘biker chick’ with the tattoo in the next line. I can see her daughter getting angrier, and finally she snaps.)

Daughter: “Can you please just stop? This guy’s been pretty d*** helpful and probably has better taste in men than you! And those two are freakin’ adorable so leave them alone. You want to hear something really good? I have a boyfriend. We’ve had sex. Oh, and I got a tattoo.”

(She proceeds to rip up the back of her shirt to reveal a tattoo on her lower back before turning back around to face her mother.)

Daughter: “And you can’t say anything because I’m an adult just like every other person in this store. So you can take your prejudiced opinions and shove them up your a**. If you want me, I’ll be at Dad’s!” *storms out*

Makes You Scarlett With Anger

| PA, USA | Awesome Customers, Bad Behavior, Theme Of The Month, Top

Customer #1: “My god, you look just like Scarlett O’Hara! Have you ever seen Gone With The Wind?”

Me: *laughing* “Thanks! I actually haven’t seen it, but I want to eventually!”

Customer #1: “Those blue eyes, and dark hair! You’re a dead ringer, Scarlett!”

(Customer #1, who is a very petite, elderly woman, continues to refer to me as ‘Scarlett’ for all of her questions, calling me over to wherever she is in the store to evaluate different gift baskets, etc. She’s pretty awesome, and I am happy to oblige. Then, Customer #2 enters the store. He is a tall, broad shouldered, grumpy middle-aged man. I leave Customer #1 to go back behind the register.)

Customer#2: “Where the **** are the cheese pretzels?”

Me: “Sorry, sir, but we are out of those until next year. With expansion—”

Customer#2: “That’s bulls***! I have been coming here every other week for two months, and everyone keeps telling me different times!”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir! I was ju-”

Customer#2: “I think all of you are full of s***!”

(Suddenly, Customer #1 comes flying around the corner and up to my register.)

Customer #1: *to Customer #2* “Do you even know who you are talking to?! Don’t you dare talk to her like that! You should be ashamed of yourself, you great big lout!”

(Customer #2 clearly was not expecting Customer #1 to yell at him, and sheepishly retreats out of the store but still grumbling.)

Me: “Wow, I’m so sorry about this whole thing, ma’am. I have got to ask, weren’t you scared? That guy was huge!”

Customer #1: “Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a d*&%!”

(I cracked up laughing and gave her my discount for getting rid of my troublesome customer!)

It Takes Courage To Engage Bigots

, | KY, USA | Awesome Workers, Bigotry, Top

(I am working at a fast food restaurant. I am a gay male and am wearing my engagement ring to my boyfriend.)

Me: *ringing up customer’s order* “Will that be all today, sir?”

Customer: “Yes, also I’d like to congratulate you on your engagement.” *looks at my ring* “Who is the lucky girl?”

Me: “Uh, well, it’s not exactly a girl.”

Customer: “Pardon?”

Me: “My boyfriend gave me this engagement ring.”

Customer: “Your boyfriend?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “I want your manager right now.”

(At this point, I’m a bit worried, since my manager is a known homophobe around the restaurant. I get him to the customer.)

Manager: “What seems to be the problem?”

Customer: “I want you to fire this f***** right now!”

Manager: “Why?”

Customer: “He’s a sinful f**! This restaurant hates them doesn’t it? So I want him fired right now!”

Manager: “No.”

Customer: “What!?”

Manager: “I’m not going to fire him just because of that. I may not like what he is either, but he’s a valued employee. So, kindly get out of my restaurant right now!”

Customer: “You can’t do this! I’m the customer and I’m right! Fire him right now!”

Manager: “No. Now leave before I call the police!”

(The customer leaves the store, furious. I thanked my manager for his support. Unfortunately the customer reported him and he was fired a month later. I quit in protest immediately afterwards, as did most of the staff!)