Loudest Responder

, , , , | Right | October 19, 2020

I work at a place that is themed around first responders. I have to ask everyone if they would like to round up to the next dollar amount for first responders and they do get the money locally. A little kid comes in and orders.

Me: “Okay, your total is [total].”

Kid: “Okay, someone is coming in to pay for me.”

Me: “That’s fine.”

An older-looking guy comes in and stands by the kid.

Me: “Okay, sir, your total is [total]. Would you like to round up for our first responders?”

Man: “YOU MEAN ME PAY YOU MONEY FOR A CHARITY THAT I ALREADY PAY TAXES ON?!”

Me: *Shocked* “You don’t have to; you can say no, sir.”

Man: “JUST ANSWER MY QUESTION!”

Me: “Yes, I think so.”

This is my first job and I have only paid taxes once so I’m not really sure.

Man: “No, I won’t round up for charity.”

Me: “Okay, sir.”

After that, the kid waited for the order and then came back up to me and apologized for the older man. Afterward, one of our regulars who was a firefighter and was friends with the owners said he and my manager heard the whole thing and just couldn’t believe that really happened.

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