Disrespect Can Be Infectious

| Michigan, USA | At The Checkout, Health & Body, Top

(A customer approaches my register and drops her items on the counter in two separate piles without acknowledging me or diverting attention from her cellphone. There is a line forming as there is only one cash register. Note: I work part-time here; my other job is at a pharmacy.)

Me: “Did you find everything all right today?”

Customer: *to her phone* “So, I went to the doctor and he prescribed me zithromyacin…”

Me: “Okay, were you going with all of these today or is this pile here to go back?”

Customer: *to her phone* “Well, I didn’t want to spend money on another prescription, so I just took some Diflucan I had at home.”

Me: “I’m sorry to interrupt, but I need to know what you plan to purchase before I can ring you up.”

Customer: *to her phone* “That should be okay, right? I mean, I don’t even know what Diflucan is, but I figured it was stupid to spend more money on pills.”

Me: “So, should I go ahead and ring these?

Customer: *to her phone* “I mean, what is Diflucan anyway?”

Me: *a bit loudly* “DIFLUCAN is most frequently prescribed for YEAST INFECTIONS. Were you ready to check out or would you like to step into a more private area to finish your call?”

Customer: “Okay, these are the items what I wanted to purchase!” *pays and quickly leaves, embarrassed*

Big Lies Are Better Than Small Ones, Part 2

| BC, Canada | Canada, Tourists/Travel

(A tourist and his friend come into my gas station.)

Tourist: “Where’s all the snow and igloos?”

(I think he’s just joking, so I play along.)

Me: “Oh, we put them away during the tourist season to make Americans feel more at home.”

Tourist: “That sounds like a lot of work.”

Me: “Keeps us strong for lumberjacking, eh. All part of that Canadian hospitality.”

Tourist: “Makes sense. Thanks bro.” *leaves*

Tourist’s Friend: “He thinks you’re serious.”

Me: *facepalm*

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We All Have A Dream

| Tulsa, OK, USA | Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Food & Drink, Top

(I work by myself on the overnight shift at my store. Around 1 am a little old African American lady and her granddaughter enter my store. While the grandmother goes to the bathroom, the granddaughter approaches me.)

Granddaughter: *to me* “Are you going to be making any more fresh tea tonight?”

Me: “Sorry, but we clean them overnight since we don’t have a high demand. We start them new around 3 am.”

Granddaughter: “YOU’RE LAZY AND INCOMPETENT!”

(As she continues to yell at me, she is unaware her grandmother has come out of the bathroom and is now behind her. Suddenly, the grandmother smacks her granddaughter on the back of the head and lays into her.)

Grandmother: “Your grandfather and I did not march on Washington with the great Martin Luther King for you to treat hardworking people like that! You haven’t worked a day in your life because we worked hard and invested right so you would have better privileges than we did. If you want to act like a ghetto b****, then I can take away that nice apartment you live in and let you survive where I grew up. Now you apologize to this young lady!”

Granddaughter: *in tears* “I’m sorry… I had no reason to behave like that. Please forgive my outburst.”

(I did, and grandma got a free drink!)

So Long, Sexism, Part 2

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So Long, Sexism, Part 2! This week, we feature another five stories of employees dealing with (and often overcoming) sexist remarks from customers! Visit So Long, Sexism, Part 1.

  1. Hung Up On Gender (2,044 thumbs up)
    This sexist video game store customer had better phone it in, because female employees are here to stay!
  2. Ready, Aim, Equality (1,777 thumbs up)
    Misogynists don’t have a “shot” of getting a firearm from this gun store.
  3. Equality Is Worth Fighting For (1,343 thumbs up)
    She may be petite, but this boxing supervisor will take the fight to any man!
  4. Lighten My Load, Moisten My Road (1,659 thumbs up)
    A female staff who doesn’t mind carrying her own weight? Not if this customer has anything to slosh about it…
  5. Your Own Worst Critic (1,299 thumbs up)
    A badly parked car drives home the point that sometimes sexism starts at home!

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Not Specifying Spices Can Spark Speculation

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Food & Drink, Language & Words

(I work a popular sub sandwich chain. I’m finishing up a customer’s sandwich with vegetables and condiments.)

Me: “Would you like anything else?”

Customer: “Yeah, some peppers.”

(Note: the customer is very clearly pronouncing the “s” in “peppers.” We have bell peppers, pepperoncinis, and jalapeños.)

Me: “Which kind?”

Customer: “Peppers.”

Me: “Which kind of peppers?”

Customer: “PEP-PERS. PEPPERS!”

Me: “Yes, but which kind?”

Customer: “Freaking black peppers! Right there in the shaker! The only peppers you have!”

Me: “Oh, pepper! I’m sorry, I thought you were talking about the veggies.”

Customer: “Why would peppers be a vegetable?! It’s just little black flakes!”

Me: *speechless*

Customer: *to her companion* “Dumb b****!”

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