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Should Let Your Hair Down At The Border

| Working | July 9, 2014

(I’m at the gate, about to board a flight. I had really long hair when my passport photo was taken, but I recently got a mohawk. The flight attendant checking my documents looks at my photo several times, very confused.)

Me: “Oh, I cut my hair.”

Flight Attendant: “Bad decision!”

Me: *sarcastically* “Thank you!”

Flight Attendant: “No, no. I mean you looked better before. I don’t like you now…”

Me: “…”

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Honest

| Related | June 28, 2014

(It has been almost a year since I have seen my grandmother, and I did the typical running through the airport to hug her thing.)

Grandma: “Oh, hi, sweetie. What have you done to your hair? It looks awful!”

Only Has Half A Charge

, | Working | May 12, 2014

(I just got all the way through check in on my way to wait for the plane when I realize that I don’t have my phone charger. I was using the cable in the car on my way to the airport because I use my phone as my GPS.)

Employee: “Did you find everything you were looking for?”

Me: “Yes. I’m frustrated with myself because I left my charger in my car. Now that I’m through security, I can’t go out and get it.”

Employee: “I’m sorry to hear that. Have you checked to make sure this is the charger you need?”

(Since I work with technology a lot, I’m very certain it’s the correct cord.)

Me: “Yes. I’m sure it is.”

Employee: “May I see your phone to quickly double check?”

(I hand her my phone and she opens to package, verifying the cord plugs in.)

Employee: “All right, this is definitely the correct cord. Unfortunately, since this package has been opened, I’ll have to give it to you at 50% off. Your total is [Half of the ridiculous airport price, making it actually reasonably priced].” *winks at me*

(I’m pretty stunned by this unexpected turn of events. I paid and thanked her profusely. It completely made my day. Nice airport shop employee, thank you again.)

Doesn’t Have A Leg To Stand On

, | Right | April 17, 2014

(Four months before this, I broke my leg very badly while at university. I am currently working in a shop at home over the holidays. I’m at the checkouts and see a lady with her arm in a sling trying to cut in front of a very long queue.)

Me: “Excuse me, ma’am. The queue starts over there.”

Customer: “I was standing in [other queue] for ages before someone told me it was a self service!”

Me: “Sorry, but all these people have been queuing.”

Customer: “It’s a bloody outrage. Your signs aren’t at all clear!”

Next Customer In Line: “Oh, just let her go.”

Me: “Okay…”

Customer: “I’ve got a sprained wrist. You people have no idea how much pain I’m in! I shouldn’t be treated like this! I’ve a good mind to speak to your manager!”

Me: “Actually, I do know. Four months ago, I broke my leg in six places and had to have several operations to fix it. I’ve been walking on it for less than a month. In order to fund myself through medical school, so I can be a doctor and help people, I’m spending nine hours a day standing on my feet serving customers who can’t do anything but complain.”

(The customer looked ashamed, mumbled a ‘sorry,’ and was polite from then on, avoiding the angry glares the other customers in line were giving her.)

Stand Your Ground

| Working | April 15, 2014

(I’m waiting to board my flight when my name is paged, so I walk over to the gate. Note that I am able-bodied.)

Flight Attendant: “Miss [My Name]?”

Me: “Yes?”

Flight Attendant:  “Another passenger has requested wheelchair assistance, too, but we only have one chair. We’ll board you first, so just wait here by the gate.”

Me: “I don’t use a wheelchair.”

Flight Attendant:  “Are you sure?”

Me: *looking down at myself, standing* “Pretty sure, yes.”

Flight Attendant:  “Well your booking came through first, so you will go first in the wheelchair.”

Me: “Seriously, I don’t use a wheelchair. There must just be an error on my booking.”

Flight Attendant:  “Are you giving me permission to board them ahead of you? It’s your call. Like I said, you get first dibs; your booking came through first.”

Me: “I do not need a wheelchair. By all means, board them first.”

Flight Attendant:  “Because your booking says you require assistance, I HAVE to follow what it says. Just wait here, I’ll get you in the chair as soon as I can.”

(I decided to just join the line of people standing, and boarded on my own two feet without any intervention from the other FAs. Not surprisingly, she tried to wheel me off when we landed, too!)