Enquiring Children Enquiring About Children

| TX, USA | At The Checkout, Family & Kids, Theme Of The Month

(I am carrying on quite a conversation with a four-year-old girl while I check her mother out at my store. I am 19.)

Mom: “Stop asking so many questions; you’re bothering the lady!”

Me: “No! It’s okay; I’m happy to answer. I think it’s great that she’s so curious!”

Mom: “You must have kids.”

Me: “Oh no, not yet.”

Little Girl: “You don’t have kids?!” *whimpers, sounding heartbroken* “Why? You don’t like kids?”

Me: “No, no, I love kids! I’m just really young, and I’m not ready to have kids yet.”

Little Girl: “Well… when will you be ready?”

Me: “When I have more time and money. I want to make sure I can take good care of my kids, and right now I can barely take good care of myself!”

Little Girl: “Well, that makes sense. Okay then!”

(The little girl then gives me a nod approval.)

A Triple Rainbow Of Pens

| NY, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre

(I work part time at the local convenience store that sells school supplies, snacks, basic clothing, and other things. A customer walks in smelling heavily of marijuana.)

Customer: “Can I get some pens?”

Me: “Umm, sure.”

(I show the customer over to the area where we keep pens and pencils.)

Customer: “Whoa… YOU GUYS HAVE PINK PENS?!”

Me: “Yes, why?”

Customer: “I didn’t know they made pink pens!”

Me: “Umm… they make pens in every color, sir.”

Customer: “Even… ORANGE?!”

Me: “Yes, even orange.”

Customer: “Even YELLOW?! Oh wait, that’d just be a highlighter.”

Me: *points at yellow gel pens* “No, they make yellow pens too.”

Customer: “WOW!”

(The customer buys his pens and leaves. Good to know I may have changed someone’s life.)

It’s Only A Paper Cup

| Canada | Bizarre

(A customer walks up to my till and orders a coffee.)

Me: “Alright, that’ll be $1.65. Is that for here or to go?”

Customer: “For here. Why did you ask me that?”

Me: “If it’s for here, we put it in a mug. If it’s to go, we put it in a paper cup.”

Customer: “Paper?”

Me: “Yep! A paper cup.”

Customer: “Paaaaper?”

Me: “Um, yes, is that what you’d prefer?”

Customer: “Paaaaaaper?”

Me: *thinking he might not know the difference* “Yes, see, here’s a paper cup, and here’s a mug.”

Customer: “Paaaaaaaaper?”

Me: “Paper cup it is!”

(I make him his drink and hand it to him. He stares at it, hands me the money, and nods.)

Customer: “Paaaaaaper!”