Improper Cards Are Always More Fun

, , | Right | January 17, 2019

(We have a selection of greeting cards on a small mobile wall, with birthday cards on one side and cards for other occasions on the opposite side. We frequently get people asking whether we carry birthday cards because they see the opposite side of the wall and don’t realize there’s more. This time, however, the customer is already standing in front of the birthday card side and looking at the cards when he calls me over. Also, note that I’ve been having a rough couple of days and am a little out of sorts.)

Customer: “Excuse me. Do you guys carry any proper birthday cards?”

Me: *not honestly sure what he means by “proper” and not quite sure how to respond* “Are these ones… improper?”

Customer: *looks startled, then looks more closely at the cards* “OH! These are birthday cards! No, they’re not improper at all!”

Me: *laughing* “Well, I’m glad to hear that!”

Customer: “I didn’t even realize. Good response, though. I like that! Very clever!”

Me: “Thank you!”

(I’m glad he took it as “clever” rather than rude, because after I said it I was a little worried he would think I was trying to be impertinent. Instead, we both had a bit of a laugh and it made my day when I felt like nothing else was going right. Also, he did find a “proper” birthday card!)

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