Enough To Bring A Teal To Your Eyes

| WI, USA | Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Top

(I volunteer for our local museum during a popular traveling Sherlock Holmes exhibit. When it is slow, I will walk along with visitors and chat. I am walking with a young mom and her four-year-old daughter. They love the exhibit, and go to the gift shop. I am on a break and stop by the gift shop to say hi to the woman working the register.)

Little Girl: “Hey! You are the lady that helped us!”

Me: “Yes, I am. Did you find anything?”

(She shows me a handful of marbles, one in every color we offered.)

Little Girl: “What is your favorite color?”

Me: “I really like the teal ones.”

(She scampers away, and I don’t think much of it as I have these conversations with kids a lot. I am talking with the mom when her daughter comes back.)

Little Girl: “Here! This is for you!”

(She hands me a teal marble.)

Me: “it’s beautiful, thank you!”

Little Girl: “It’s a friendship marble. Now we’ll always be friends!”

Mom: “[Little Girl] and I are on our own. Her dad left us when she was born and I’ve been trying to make sure she has great values.”

Me: “You’ve done an amazing job! She is a real gem; I loved talking with you today!”

(I slip the cashier money to pay for the girl’s marbles, and when she is told her marbles are free, she tears up.)

Little Girl: “Mom and I don’t have a lot of money; we saved just to come here!”

Me: “Well, in that case…”

(I refunded their admission and paid for it myself. I made sure they got two free passes for the museum for their next visit, and they came and saw me for the next exhibit. The little girl was just as pleasant as she was the first time. And the teal marble? She had it in her pocket, and since I carry mine in my purse, I had mine that day as well.)

Other Customers Might Need Hazard Pay

| Newry, Northern Ireland, UK | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests

(I’m looking for a cheap pair of runners for bike riding in a well known, high street supermarket. I’m wearing a hoodie that looks similar to the fleece jackets worn by staff. A man, large and burly, comes up to me.)

Man: “Hey, you! How much are these jeans?”

(I realise he thinks I work here.)

Me: “Sorry, friend, I don’t work here. Wouldn’t know.”

(I expect that to be the end of it.)

Man: “That’s not what I f***** asked, pal.”

(I left quite quickly.)

Gallons Of Stupidity

| CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(I work at a well known grocery store, mainly working to direct searching customers to their desired products. I am walking down the dairy aisle. I spot two teenagers waiting for a time. The first customer is holding cartons of milk in his hands, and the second customer is holding out a smart phone.)

Me: “Do you two need any help right now?”

Customer #1: “Actually… um, yeah…”

(Customer #1 suddenly nods to Customer #2, who raises his smartphone. I can hear the sound from his that signals the record button being pressed. At this point, I’m starting to catch on that this is a gallon smashing prank.)

Customer #1: “Woah, woah, woah!”

(He badly acts that he’s accidentally falling, and tosses the containers of milk into the sky, and he falls flat on his back. The cartons hit the floor, but don’t shatter or release milk.)

Customer #2: “Crap!”

Customer #1: “We need to redo that!”

(I’m just standing in amazement about how bad these two are at pranking someone.)

Me: “Sir, if you keep intentionally keep damaging our products, I’ll have to ask you to leave.”

Customer #1: “It was an accident! I just slipped!”

Me: “What about your friend over there recording?”

Customer #2: “I’m just… taking a selfie!”

(I start rolling my eyes, and go to pick up the cartons of milk. Out of nowhere, Customer #1 grabs the cartons of milk off the floor and tosses them up again. Again, nothing happens as they hit the floor.)

Customer #2: “S***! We need another take!”

Customer #1: “C’mon, just let us have one more try?”

Me: “No. Get out of this store now, or I’ll call security for multiple attempts of destruction of property.”

(The two teenagers quickly scurry out of the store, Customer #1 even tripping once during the way out.)

Coworker: “Did those two try to do a gallon prank with cartons?”

Me: “The world may never know.”