Maybe If You Told Her In A High-Pitched Voice?  

, , , | Right | August 16, 2019

(I work in a dollar store that sells helium-filled balloons. Unfortunately, there has been a shortage and we have been out for about a month. We have signs on the doors and registers, and by the display balloons. I am on register because we are busy and there is only one cashier.)

Customer: “I need six balloons.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but we are out of helium. The other store about six miles from here does have some, though.”

Customer: “Well, why didn’t you tell me?”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am?”

Customer: “You looked right at me when I was by the balloons; why didn’t you tell me then?”

(I have been on the register for five minutes already and might have looked up but probably at the other customers in my line.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, I didn’t see you.”

Customer: “Well, you should have signs posted.”

Me: “We do; they are on the entrance doors, at each register, and over by the balloons that are displayed.”

Customer: “What?!”

(I repeat it for her.)

Customer: “I want to speak to your boss.”

Me: “Ma’am, I am the boss on duty right now.”

Customer: “Isn’t there someone else here?”

Me: “No, I can give you corporates’ number, though.”

(She got the number and continued to walk around the store complaining about me to her friends. I finished on register and went back to stocking. She was pissed because we didn’t have helium that we have no control over!)

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