Should Be Baking Humbugs Instead

| Baltimore, MD, USA | Working | December 17, 2013

(A bakery/deli sends out an email with coupons every December. One of these is a coupon for a free platter of their specialty Christmas cookies when you use their catering services during the holidays. I overhear a customer ordering a few platters and catering for a party. I decide to give her my coupon.)

Me: “Hi there. I don’t mean to listen in, but I heard you asking about party platters. I have this coupon that gets you free cookies when you cater a party. If you’d like it; I’m certainly not going to use it.”

Customer: “Oh, thank you! Thanks so very much. This is so nice!”

Deli Worker: “WOAH! That’s not allowed!”

Customer: “Wait… What’s not allowed?”

Deli Worker: “THAT! Don’t give me that dumb look!”

(The customer and I exchange a ‘dumb look.’)

Deli Worker: “Only members get to use those coupons! She’s not a member.”

Me: “I didn’t even know you guys had a membership. I don’t belong to any group. Why is it a problem if she uses my coupon?”

Deli Worker: “Then how did you get that? COME ON! You guys don’t realize how hard it is to make these cookies! And you just want to GIVE AWAY FREE ONES?! You have no idea! Why do I even deal with this every year?”

(The deli worker swipes the sandwiches he was making for the customer off of the counter and storms into the back. After a few moments, we realize that he’s not coming back.)

Me: “Uh… Listen. I didn’t mean to mess this up. I feel awful.”

Customer: “No. It’s alright. I have a feeling I shouldn’t trust these guys with my order anyway…”

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