Dropped The Ball (And Wallet) On This One

| Sydney, NSW, Australia | Romantic | October 16, 2012

(The centre I work at has a rather large play area that includes a jumping castle and ball pit. I’m the only one supervising the play area, since it is quiet. A customer comes in and heads straight for me.)

Customer: “You! You work here?”

Me: “Yes I do, sir. What can I do for you?”

Customer: “I lost my d*** wallet here, where is it?”

Me: “Let me just check behind the counter for you.”

(I check and nothing has been handed in. This isn’t too unusual, since none of the staff have checked the equipment yet for lost property.)

Me: “Okay, there’s nothing back here. How about we look in the ball pit? Things tend to end up in there.”

Customer: “I don’t go in there! You’ve lost my wallet you b****! I’ll f****** sue you!”

Me: “Let’s just check before any lawyers get involved, maybe your child took it in by
mistake.”

Customer: “Now you’re accusing my son of stealing!? F*** you!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but can you please watch the language? There are children around.”

(I climb into the ball pit and search around. Sure enough, I find the customer’s wallet and hold it up so he can see.)

Customer: “D*** it!”

(He grabs it out of my hand and leaves. I think that is the last I will see of him, but two weeks later I’m sweeping up, and he approaches me again.)

Customer: “Hi, you’re the girl that found my wallet. They told me you’d be working today.”

Me: “Oh, hello again. Was there something missing?”

Customer: “No, no. I just wanted to apologise for being an a**. See, I was just panicking because I was trying to buy a ring for my girlfriend and I shouldn’t have taken it out on you.”

Me: “It’s perfectly fine, did you ask her yet?”

Customer: *huge smile* “Yes! She said yes! She loved the ring, I don’t know what I would’ve done if it wasn’t for you!”

(He pulls out his wallet and gives me a $40 tip. I try telling him that it was too much, but he insists. First time I’ve ever been tipped on the job.)

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