Number Of The Beastly Coincidences

| Uckfield, England, UK | At The Checkout, Bizarre, Holidays, Money

(I work in a small corner shop. It is Halloween and we’ve been busy on-and-off with kids making their way around the estate and trick-or-treating, and coming in to buy drinks. I’m approached by a kid I estimate to be in his early teens.)

Me: “Hey, kiddo! Having fun?”

Kid: “Yeah, not a bad haul so far. Just a bit thirsty; nobody hands out drinks!”

Me: “No, I suppose they’re bulkier and more expensive, too.”

Kid: “Yeah you’re probably right and th—” *sees the total on my screen* “Aww £6.67? Come ON! Could you give me a penny discount?”

Me: “Er….

Kid: “Guess my maths isn’t as good as I thought. I wanted it to be £6.66 for Halloween!”

Me: “Well, I’m not authorised to give discount unless the items are damaged but [Similar Drinks] are a penny cheaper so you could swap out one of your [Original Items] if it really bothers you that much?”

Kid: “Yes, please! One sec while I take this back and swap it!”

(By this point there’s a small queue and the boy’s friends, who are waiting outside and clearly can’t hear what he’s doing but see him sprint back to the fridges, yell through the door for him to hurry up.)

Me: “Okay, buddy! That’s now £6.66.”

Kid: “Thanks! Can I get a receipt?”

Me: “Sure, have a good Halloween!”

(As the kid approaches the door he starts waving his receipt at his friends.)

Kid: “Guys! GUYS! LOOK! Weirdest coincidence ever! I just grabbed some random drinks and the total was £6.66. How spooky is that?!”

(The customer behind him turned to me and just raised her eyebrows!)

5 Stories Of The Oncoming Winter

Not Always Right | Roundups

Weekly Roundup: 5 Stories Of The Oncoming Winter With the passing of the Autumnal Equinox earlier this week, summer is officially over! Winter is coming, and so are its customers!

  1. Homeless Is Where The Heart Is (3,643 thumbs up)
  2. Losing Cruise Control (3,843 thumbs up)
  3. Four Legged Friends And Their Two Legged Twits (3,196 thumbs up)
  4. Lack Of Heir Conditioning (2,681 thumbs up)
  5. A Pal-Tree Understanding Of Plants (2,572 thumbs up)

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Demands Are Reaching Breaking Point

| Hartford, CT, USA | Crazy Requests, Holidays

(It is Thanksgiving night and our store has been open for about four hours already. It’s been very busy and we have a much larger than normal team to oversee. A woman has approaches my coworker, asking about a certain item.)

Coworker: “Well, I’m not sure. Let me find someone to ask.”

(He calls on his walkie for that section and gets no response. I happen to be walking by when he stops me and asks if I know.)

Me: “Sorry, I really don’t know at all. Who’s here right now?”

(The guest meanders off a few feet looking at another display. We look at the schedule trying to find who is here and not on break since we all came in around the same time and by law need a 30-minute non-paid break.)

Customer: “I just don’t understand what is taking so long. Why is it so d*** hard to find someone? Why can’t anyone just get this item for me?”

(As this goes on my coworker is trying to get someone to answer on the walkie.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. But we can’t leave the front end because of how busy we are. If you can give me just a moment, please. I need to check the schedule before I can call someone. We’re just trying to find out who is here and not on break right now.”

Customer: “Well, why would they be on break?”

Me: “We all came in around the same time to open the store tonight and we have to stagger our breaks, so I just need a moment to find out who is on the floor right now.”

Customer: “I just don’t understand why the hell anyone would be on break! They’re here to work! Not to take a break! They need to get back to work! This is bad business!”

Me: “Do you take a break at work?”

Customer: *scoffs* “Well, of COURSE I do!”

Me: “Then wouldn’t you think we should get a break, too?”

Customer: “No! Not tonight! This is different! Why is no one able to help me!”

(By some miracle, God smiles down on me and someone from a nearby section answers on the walkie and says to send the guest down.)

Customer: “Finally! This shouldn’t have taken so f****** long! I’ll be calling corporate!”

Me: “You do that. Happy Thanksgiving!”

Comment On Scents Makes No Sense

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(I work as a server in a restaurant with an open kitchen. A customer approaches me while I am walking towards the dish pit.)

Customer: “Hello, ma’am. I loved the food but I have a complaint.”

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry. What seems to be the problem?”

Customer: “It smells a lot.”

Me: “What does it smell like, sir?”

Customer: “Food.”

(At this point I have no idea what to say.)

Me: “Sorry, sir. Did you say it smells like food?”

Customer: “Yes. My lady friends are complaining that their hair is going to smell like food. They just washed it.”

Me: “Sir, you do know, it is an open kitchen restaurant…”

Customer: “What do you mean, open kitchen? God, you’re so stupid. Of course it’s an open kitchen. You’re serving food! The people they hire these days…”

Hoping For Some Generational Knowledge

| ON, Canada | Crazy Requests, Family & Kids

(I work at the only department store in my city, which is very busy and well known. My mom often comes in to pick me up, so the staff all know who she is. I work at customer service, so many people know to ask me for help, and even if I’m not working if they are polite I help them. As I go to the back and see my mother waiting, I notice a lady approach her.)

Customer: “Excuse me, where can I find [item]?”

Mom: “I think they’re over there. I’m not really sure.”

Customer: “Well your daughter works here. You should know!”

(The lady storms off and I approach.)

Me: “Did she just…?”

Mom: “She did, and you want to know the worst part? That’s got to be the third time this week.”

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