Good Nature Has Bowed Out

| TX, USA | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(I have a seasonal job over the Christmas holidays at a store that sells decorations. The store normally has pretty cheap items for sale but at the time there was a promotion where all Christmas items were half off. However there was a policy where if an item was missing parts or damaged it couldn’t be discounted at the till, it had to have a special sticker put on it by a floor worker. A woman comes up to my till with just a set of what’s supposed to be 2 bows but only has one.)

Customer: “Hey I really like this set of bows but it’s only got one even though it’s supposed to be a set of two. Can I get a discount?”

Me: “No, sorry. It has to be marked down as damaged while on the floor. But with the Christmas discount it’s only $2.”

Customer: “But there’s only one! It should be discounted even further.”

Me: “Well, is there another set of those? That way you can get two bows like you’re supposed to.”

Customer: “No, this was the only one I saw. Why can’t you just discount it?”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I don’t have that ability.”

Customer: *scoffs* “This is absolutely ridiculous. Fine, I’ll just leave it.”

(She handed me the rest of her items and I rang them up. After I finished bagging them up and handed them to her, she grabbed the bow and hurried out before I could stop her. I told my manager about it but she was already long gone. The kicker? The next day I saw several of the exact same set of bows that were a complete set!)

Have A Merry Capitalist Christmas

| AB, Canada | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(I work in a small town where 99% of the population is Christian. A customer phones the store to place an order for buns for Christmas.)

Me: “When would you like to pick up your order, ma’am?”

Customer: “Are you open Christmas Day?”

Me: “No, ma’am, we’re closed.”

Customer: *obviously upset* “Well then, I guess I’ll just have to get them the day before. You’re open until 11, right?”

Me: “No, ma’am. I’m sorry, but we close at six for Christmas.”

Customer: “That’s ridiculous. Don’t you want to make money?”

Christmas In A Bun-dance

| AB, Canada | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(A customer is in the store on Christmas Eve about 10 minutes before we close. Everything has been pretty picked over by this point.)

Customer: “Where are all your buns?”

Me: “I’m sorry but we sold out today.”

Customer: “But it’s Christmas! Why didn’t you make more buns?”

Me: “We did, but it’s hard to tell how many buns we will need, especially for the holiday.”

Customer: “Great, now my Christmas is ruined.”