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Causing Infractions

| Iowa, USA | Math & Science, Top

(I work in a grocery store meat department. I’m helping a customer who is wanting items packaged specifically, like six steaks in two packages of three. She has been talking to me with a very condescending tone like I’m stupid. I am a science major in college.)

Customer: “Can I get two packages of four rib eyes?”

(I wrap the steaks in two packages and give them to her.)

Customer: “You can add, subtract, and multiply, but can you divide?”

Me: “I can divide, differentiate, integrate, and do logarithms, just to name some of what I can do.”

(Her face goes pale and her tone completely changes the rest of the time I have to deal with her. She leaves in a hurry.)

Someone’s Been Pumpkin At The Gym

| Cleveland, OH, USA | Bigotry

(I work in a grocery store, and we’ve just gotten some very large pumpkins for the fall season. I am a female.)

Customer: “Excuse me, is there a man working here who could help me out?”

Me: “Um, he’s somewhere around here. What did you need?”

Customer: “Well, I really want that big pumpkin, but it’s so heavy and I can’t lift it.”

Me: “Oh, I can get it for you!”

(The customer puts her hand on my arm to stop me as my male manager walks by.)

Customer: “You, can you help me with this pumpkin?”

Manager: “Are you kidding me?! She’s much stronger than I am!”

(I get the pumpkin into her cart with ease, and she doesn’t say a word to me.)

Me: “There you go, ma’am. Have a nice day!”

Counting To Eternity

| Birmingham, England, UK | Awesome Customers, Bizarre, Top

(I am working on the tills, and pretty bored when a transaction equals £12.34.)

Me: “That is…” *glances at screen* “…ha! One, two, three, four!”

Customer: “What?”

Me: “Sorry, twelve-thirty four… one, two three, four. It just made me smile.”

Customer: “Wow! Has this ever happened before? That’s amazing.”

(As I rarely work the tills, this is actually the first time this has happened to me.)

Me: “This is the first time. We’ll remember this for the rest of our lives.”

Customer: “This is an unbreakable bond!”

Me: “Stronger than marriage, some would say!”

Customer: “You can’t divorce out of this!”

Me: “It’s eternal!”

(By now another customer behind is staring at us like we are mad.)

Customer: “I’m going to have to tell all my friends about this! Can you sign my receipt?”

Me: *signs his receipt*

Customer: *walks away, grinning*