Didn’t Do Half-Price Half-Bad!

| AB, Canada | Working | May 6, 2017

(I am at a video game store trying to purchase a game. In these particular stores, they have empty game boxes on display. When you go to buy them, you bring the box to the clerk and they retrieve the actual game for you.)

Clerk: “Just this for you? That’ll be $40.99.”

Me: “Okay. Is it cool if I pay for part of it with cash and the rest on my card?”

Clerk: “Yeah. I just might need someone to show me how to do that.”

(He digs through the drawers looking for the game.)

Clerk: “Oh, I have a pre-owned copy of this for three dollars less, do you want it?”

Me: “Sure.”

(The clerk disappears to the back for a few minutes. I can hear him muttering to his coworker about a missing box. I begin to worry, as I didn’t think the transaction would take this long, and I have to catch a bus soon. He then returns with a new box with no cover.)

Clerk: “Sorry, I guess the used game box for this disappeared, so I just got you a blank one.”

Me: “That’s fine.”

(I then watch him struggle to put the game in the box. In all fairness, the games for this particular system have oddly-shaped cartridges, but the slot in the box is shaped perfectly for it.)

Me: *reaching over, snapping it in place* “Um, here, it goes in like this.”

Clerk: “Sorry, thanks. I’ve never sold a [System] game before. So that comes to $37.99.”

Me: “Can I still do the half-cash half-card thing?”

Clerk: “Oh, yeah. Um, I think I can do this. This doesn’t look too hard…” *fumbling with the register* “There we go. I think I did that correctly, but I’ll just check to make sure.”

(He waves his coworker down and explains everything.)

Clerk: “Did I do it right?”

Coworker: “Um, yeah, surprisingly.”

(We finished the transaction and he apologised. I forgave him — I know how much it can suck to be a new employee. Luckily, I still managed to catch my bus on time!)

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