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Grumpy At The Pumps

, , , | Right | CREDIT: RockinDonkey | June 8, 2021

I’m not normally very confrontational with other customers when I’m out, but this one slipped out. I go to a nearby convenience store one evening to get cigarettes for myself and my wife. I walk into the store and get in line behind an old guy with a bad attitude.

The cashier asks him if she can help him. He says he wants to put some money on one of the pumps.

Cashier: “Which pump?”

Customer: *Rudely* “I DON’T KNOW! I DON’T WORK HERE!”

Maybe it’s the years of dealing with rude customers in the food service and call center industries, but without even thinking, I blurt out:

Me: “Why don’t you go outside and check instead of being a jerk to her?”

The grumpy guy spins around, points at me, and yells.


I was a little dumbstruck — not because he yelled at me, but because I was still processing the fact that I spoke up for someone.

To his credit, the guy stuck his head out the door, yelled to one of his companions for the pump number, and returned to the counter and completed his transaction.

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