Mmmm, Cherry-Flavored Maxi Pads

| | Right | February 22, 2008

(Around Easter, stacking poorly transported eggs and bunnies onto a shelf. A young girl, around 16, approaches me.)

Customer: “Can you tell me where the confectionery is?”

(I am slightly bemused, as we are standing next to the confectionery aisle.)

Me: “Yes, it is just there.”

(She looks, and furrows he brow.)

Customer: “No. Confectionery.”

Me: *pointing again* “Yes, there.”

(She looks even more angry now.)

Customer: “No. The c o n f e c t i o n e r y!”

Me: “Yes…there.”

Customer: “Nooo. The confectionery, like tampons and stuff!”

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  • Trillium

    Maybe she’s a vampire?
    Used tampon could pass as candy for a vampire.

    • EJ Nauls-Poland

      And there’s a mental image I didn’t need.

      • Trillium

        Originally, in an old joke, used tampons were supposed to be vampire tea-bags.

  • Dontbeadork

    What word was she trying to find? Pharmacy? How does one confuse pharmacy and confectionery?

    • OIby48

      Some people do do this. My late grandmother used to make up her own words for everyday products, use these words in everyday speech, and then get annoyed when other people didn’t know what she was talking about.

      Although to be fair, I’m not sure why a teenager would do this. Perhaps she was buying it for the first time and as a joke someone told her it was “confectionery”?