Isn’t Sold On The Concept Of Sold Out

| Right | September 28, 2015

(A customer comes in on a busy Wednesday night with five people, looking to see a Bollywood film playing only at one theatre in the tristate area.)

Customer: “Hi, I’d like five for [Bollywood Film] at 7:45.”

Me: “I’m sorry, miss, but that film is sold out. It actually sold out over two hours ago. But we have a 9:45.”

Customer: “What! You don’t even have five seats left?!”

Me: “No, it is sold out.”

Customer: “How come?”

Me: “Well, it is a popular film, and usually movies in the 5:30 to 8:30 bracket are the most popular times.”

Customer: “But how did they all sell out? It is an hour before!”

Me: “Well, people bought their tickets online and in advance. If you’d like, I can sell you five to the 9:45 show. We still have plenty of seats right now.”

Customer: “No. I want five to the 7:45 show.”

Me: “But it is sold out.”

(After a few more minutes of this and an announcement over a bullhorn that we were sold out of the 7:45 show she leaves. About an hour passes and she comes back.)

Customer: “Hi, I’d like five to the 9:45 show of [Bollywood Film].”

Me: “Unfortunately the 9:45 show is now sold out.”

Customer: “But you told me you had plenty of seats!”

Me: “That was an hour ago, though. It sold out about 15 minutes ago.”

Customer: “You lied to me! I’d like to speak to your manager.”

Me: “Not a problem.”

(I called the manager, at which point he tried explaining the same thing to her. No matter how many times we explained to her the concept of sold-out she didn’t seem to understand it.)


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