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Not-So-Fast Forward

| United Kingdom | Uncategorized

(I sell cable TV packages, and talk the caller through set-up. Our service offers a service where you can record programs and pause and rewind TV.)

Caller: “And can it fast-forward live TV?”

Me: “Um, no, it can’t.”

Caller: “I would have thought it could, since it can pause and rewind live TV.”

Me: “Fast-forwarding live TV is a bit different.”

Caller: “Forget I said that.”

The Unfantastic Mr. Fox

| United Kingdom | Uncategorized

(A man comes up to me with a huge bag.)

Customer: “Can I ask an odd question?”

Me: “Go for it.”

Customer: “Would it be okay for me to put my fox costume on and stand in the foyer?”

Me: “Why?”

Customer: “Just for pleasure. I enjoy doing it and the customers would enjoy seeing it.”

Me: “I’ll just check with my manager.”

(I phone the manager and repeat the request. The manager laughs for a few minutes and says no.)

Me: “I’m afraid my manager has said it’s not okay.”

Customer: *looks down sadly* “It’s okay. They said no everywhere else I asked too.” *walks away sadly, dragging the bag with his fox costume in*

Nicoteenagers

| Ontario, Canada | Uncategorized

(I have just gotten my first job, at age 16. I am a clerk in a gas station that mostly sells gas and cigarettes.)

Customer: “Oh, hey [my name], I didn’t know you worked here.”

Me: “Yeah, I just started a couple weeks ago. What can I get you?”

Customer: “Can I get a pack of cigarettes?”

Me: “We were in grade 8 together, and I’m only 16. I’m pretty sure I can’t sell you those.”

Customer: “Yeah I like, failed a lot of grades. I’m 19 now.”

Me: “Really? Can I see your ID then?”

Customer: “I…I think I’ll try the 7/11 down the street.”