Always Right, Even When Shooting Down A Helicopter

, , , , | Right | July 2, 2009

(At the golf course where I work, it’s been a very a hot day and an older man, unfortunately, has a stroke/heart attack in the middle of the range. The course is at a remote location, so a medical helicopter is called in and lands in the middle of the range. Another golfer comes over, obviously upset.)

Golfer: “It’s my tee! I want to take my shot but the helicopter is blocking it.”

Me: “Sir, there’s a medical emergency on the range so you’ll have to wait for a little while.”

Golfer: “But it’s my shot! I pay good money to play here and it’s my shot!”

Me: “Sir, someone may be dying over there. Please have some patience. It shouldn’t take long until they lift off.”

Golfer: “If they get hit, it’s their own fault.”

(The man then pulls a club out and before I can stop him, he swings and hits the helicopter.)

Me: “Sir! For God’s sake, stop!”

Golfer: “It’s my tee! They can just blame themselves for being in the way. I don’t have time for this!”

(I ended up reporting him to the caddie master and range supervisors. His license was revoked and was banned from playing there ever again. Thankfully, the helicopter was not damaged and the patient was saved.)

 

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Lacking The Most Important Sense Of All: Common

, , | Right | June 26, 2009

(At my store, we have several baggers that are deaf. On this day, one of them was bagging for me and I was running a register.)

Customer: *to bagger* “Excuse me, where is the men’s room?”

Bagger: *motions that he is deaf and cannot hear him*

Customer: “I SAID where is the men’s room?!”

Bagger: *points to the sign on his nametag stating he is deaf*

Customer: “Aren’t you going to tell me where the men’s room is?!”

Me: “Sir, he can’t hear you; he’s deaf.”

Customer: “Why is he so f***ing rude? I asked him a question; he could just TELL me he’s deaf.”

Me: “Sir, the men’s room is over there.” *points*

Customer: *to Bagger* “You should’ve told me you’re deaf. It’s rude to not answer people like that.”

Me: *signs to Bagger to tell him what the customer said*

Bagger: *signs back, “What an idiot!”*

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The Spite At The End Of The Tunnel

, , , | Right | June 26, 2009

(I’ve had a migraine all day on the job at the grocery store. I am making a valiant effort to fake it just a little longer, when…)

Customer: “You look too happy.”

Me: “Well, I’m–”

Customer: “I can fix that.”

(The customer proceeds to pull out something from her purse and shine a very bright light in my eyes. I take several steps back in pain.)

Customer: “There! I told you we could fix that!”

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Honesty Against The Best Policies

, , | Right | June 18, 2009

(We have a five-item max policy for our changing rooms. One lady walks out with arms full of stuff, then goes back for more.)

Me: “Excuse me, it’s only five items in the changing rooms.”

Customer: “Well, it’s never been that before.”

Me: “Actually, we’ve been enforcing it for the last 18 months. See, there’s a sign.” *points at sign on wall*

Customer: “I don’t actually read signs.”

Me: “Well, at least you’ll know for next time.”

Customer: “Oh, I won’t read it next time, either.”

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Saving The Earth, 7 MPG At A Time

, | Right | June 11, 2009

(A customer comes up to the counter with her arms full of books. After I ring them all through, I proceed to put her books in a bag.)

Customer: “Actually, I don’t need a bag. I’m doing my part to save the environment!”

Me: “Oh, okay, then!”

(I hand her her receipt and wish her a nice day, but she doesn’t move.)

Customer: “Excuse me… aren’t you going to help me carry my books to my car?”

Me: “I’m sorry, I can’t. I’m the only employee working here and there are other customers.”

Customer: “I beg your pardon? That’s rather rude! Help me carry my books to my car! They do it at grocery stores all the time. There is no reason why you can’t do it here!”

Me: “We don’t do that sort of thing here. If you want, you can bring back your bags. We’ll gladly re-use them.”

Customer: “No, I can’t do that! Now help me take my books to the car!”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. I just can’t leave the store unattended.”

Customer: “Fine! But if I drop my books and damage them, you’re giving me free replacements!”

(The customer scoops all her books up in her arms and storms out. I watch her walk all the way across to the other side of the parking lot, stop, and intentionally drop her books into a puddle. She stomps back in and barges her way to the front of the line.)

Customer: “See? Look what happened! Give me your phone right now! I am calling your managers and you’re going to get fired!”

Me: “All right, here is the number for our downtown store.”

(The customer picks up the store phone and begins dialing.)

Customer:“Yes, I need to speak with the manager right away… Yeah. I’m at your south store and your incompetent employee wouldn’t help me carry my books to my car. I dropped them and now they are ruined!… Well, yes… Yes, she did offer me bags… No, I’m not disabled… Yes, I’m aware that she’s the only… What?! I can’t believe this!”

(The customer hangs up the phone, defeated, and turns to me.)

Customer: “You should be ashamed of yourself! At least I’m saving the environment!”

(I watched her walk through the parking lot again and get into her vehicle. Ironically, it was a huge SUV.)


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