It’s Not Unusual…

, , | Right | June 1, 2021

A customer has just approached me asking for a specific, quite unusual item; we do have it so I show her where it is. We have had this item for a while and have never sold any of them, let alone been asked for them. A couple of hours later, my manager comes to me.

Manager: “You won’t believe what I just sold.”

Me: “What was it?”

Manager: “[Unusual item]; a customer asked specifically for it.”

Me: “Uh, I sold one this morning, as well.”

Manager: “Really? We might get one returned — probably for the same person. My customer said that her one had broken so she was replacing it.”

Me: “My customer said that she was sending hers to her mother overseas.”

Manager: “So unusual that two customers wanted the same thing.”

Me: “Now we just have to wait for the third.”

Manager: “What are you talking about?”

Me: “It’s my experience that these things always come in threes; someone will ask for another before we close today.”

My manager walks away, shaking her head. Later on, we are preparing to close.

Manager: “l should have made a bet with you earlier. I would have won. The third customer hasn’t come in.”

She laughs as she heads to the door to close it. A customer rushes in.

Customer: “Oh, I’m not too late, am I?”

Manager: “Almost, we close in one minute.”

Customer: “Oh, good. Do you have [unusual item] in stock?”

My manager is stunned, her mouth falls open.

Me: *Chipper* “Why, yes, we do. I’ll go and get one for you”

I bring it back and process the sale.

Manager: *To the customer* “Can I ask what this is for? Are you replacing a broken one or sending it overseas?”

Customer: “No, I am buying it for [other use]. Why?”

Manager: “We’ve never sold one of these until we sold two earlier today, and [My Name] said that we would sell a third before we closed. I think she’s a witch.”

Me: *Grinning* “I might be.”

The customer left laughing, and no, none were returned.

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