Age Gap Mishap

| USA | Romantic | September 8, 2014

(A regular walks in with her 15-year-old son and gets a book she ordered. They leave and a few minutes later I get a phone call.)

Me: “Thank you for calling [Store]. How may I help you?”

Customer: “Hey hun, this is [Customer]. I was just in there a few minutes ago.”

Me: “Hey, [Customer]. Was there a problem with your book?”

Customer: “No! My son wanted me to call and tell you that you were pretty. Do you want to go on date with him? I wouldn’t mind.”

Me: “Um, that’s very nice and I’m sure he’s wonderful but I think I am a little too old for him.”

Customer: “What? Aren’t you 17?”

(I look really young for my age and constantly get mistaken for a high school or college student.)

Me: “No, I’m 28.”

Customer: *muffled voice as she relays the information to her son* “She’s 28!”

Customer’s Son: *muffled in the background* “18! Tell her I’m 18!”

Customer: “I am so sorry. Thank you.” *click*

Not The Most Gifted With The ID

| Corvallis, OR, USA | Working | August 28, 2014

Me: *pays with VISA gift card*

Clerk: “I’m going to need to see some ID.”

Me: “But it’s a gift card.”

Clerk: “I’m still going to need to see some ID.”

Me: “… I don’t have my ID on me because I planned to pay with a gift card.”

Clerk: “It’s a VISA so I need to see your ID.”

Me: “But even if I showed you, how would it help you determine the card owner?”

Clerk: “JUST SHOW ME YOUR ID!”

Wrote A Captain’s Log

| Columbia, MD, USA | Related | August 26, 2014

(I’m browsing the science fiction section of a bookstore. A teenage girl and her mother are also.)

Girl: “Oh, look! William Shatner wrote a book! I wonder if it’s any good?”

Me: “Well, I hear he writes about as well as he acts…”

Girl: *perplexed* “Is that good?”

(Her mom and I just smile at each other.)

Saying Bi To Singledom Any Way Possible

| Torrance, CA, USA | Right | August 23, 2014

(I’m female and helping an elderly customer and his 18 year old grandson at the register. As I am ringing him up, he starts up a conversation.)

Customer: “How would you like to go out with my grandson?”

Me: *smiling* “I’m sorry, sir.”

Customer: “Aw, come on.” *points to grandson* “He’s good-looking and needs someone.”

Me: *feeling a little awkward* “I have a boyfriend. Sorry, sir.”

Customer: “Why are all the cute ones always taken?” *takes bags and leaves the store*

(30 seconds later, a male coworker notices the customer’s receipt still in the register. He grabs it and runs out of the store to give it to the customer. My coworker walks back into the store a few minutes later.)

Me: “You know, that customer just tried to hook me up with his grandson.”

Male Coworker: “…he just tried to do the same thing to me.”

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Not Very Closed Minded

| CA, USA | Right | August 20, 2014

(It is 20 minutes after closing, and I am helping my coworker count the drawers. The phone rings, and typically, by protocol, we do not answer if it is the local area code. However, the area code for this number matches head office’s, so we decide to pick it up if they try calling again. Sure enough, the phone rings a second time with the same number. My coworker picks it up and relays the rest of the conversation to me afterward.)

Coworker: “[Bookstore], [City].”

Customer: “Hi, are you open?”

Coworker: “No, I’m afraid we closed a half hour ago.”

Customer: “Oh. Well, when are you open?”

Coworker: “10 am.”

Customer: “Okay… Can I ask you a question about a book?”

Coworker: “…10 am.”

(He hangs up.)

Coworker: “Next time, I’ll ask them to hold and then pick up the phone at 10 am tomorrow and say, ‘Okay, I can take your question now.’ That’ll show ’em.”

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