Climbing For Attention

, , , , , | Right | March 3, 2018

(I work at a rock climbing gym. We run a program on the weekends where staff members handle all the ropes and gear so that kids can get a chance to climb. The kids are split into groups of three and take turns climbing with us. We’ve just started when one of the mothers comes up to me.)

Customer: “My daughter isn’t getting to climb.”

Me: “It’s not her turn quite yet, but she’ll get to go soon. There are only three people in the group, and it usually moves pretty fast.”

Customer: “That’s not acceptable.”

Me: “Um, what’s not acceptable?”

Customer: “We’re here for her to climb. She needs to be climbing.”

Me: “She will! It will just be a few minutes before her turn, and she can play in the play area while she’s waiting.”

Customer: “No. We paid for her to climb, not to wait around. I need someone else to come work with her.”

Me: “I’m sorry. We can’t do that as part of this program. If you really want, I can book her a private lesson, but it’ll be twice the price and you have to book at least two weeks in advance.”

Customer: “Well, if she can’t get a personal coach, we might as well not even be here. Can I get a refund?”

Me: “Uh, sure, I guess.”

(I give her the refund, and she goes and makes her daughter, who has been waiting perfectly patiently for her turn, take off all her gear, which they leave in a heap on the floor for me to pick up. As they’re leaving…)

Customer’s Daughter: “Why don’t I get to climb?”

Customer: *snootily* “We’ll come back when you can do it by yourself.”

(The visibly disappointed daughter was dragged out of the gym, not having gotten to climb at all.)

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Caring Is Blaring

, , , , | Right | March 3, 2018

(I am a manager in a fast food restaurant in an area with a lot of drug use. It isn’t uncommon to have to deal with someone who is a little strung out. I’m in the kitchen helping my cook with orders when I hear a customer come in sounding very upset while talking to one of my cashiers. Thinking I’m going to have to deal with an irate customer, I tell my cook I’ll be right back, then head up front.)

Customer: “I want a big burger. But I don’t want to pay that. Where I come from, it’s only $1. Ring it up! But I don’t want to pay that. I said ring it up! But look, you just rang it up. I only wanted ketchup and pickle. You didn’t let me say that. But you don’t care. YOU DON’T CARE! You know what? I don’t care, either.”

(The customer then slams out the front door and is gone before I can get to the front. His entire tirade took maybe 45 seconds.)

Me: “What was that all about?”

Cashier #1: “I don’t even know.”

Cashier #2: “He came up and was already upset.”

Cashier #1: “He just started yelling.”

Cashier #2: “I think he was on something. He was going on about how he didn’t want to pay for the burger, but wanted her to ring it up and when she did, he got mad because he only wanted ketchup and pickle.”

Cashier #1: *picks up the sleeve of cups she was working on stocking when the customer came in, and starts walking away* “But at least he was right about one thing. I don’t care.”

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Being Sour Grapes

, , , , , , | Romantic | March 2, 2018

(My wife and I are contemplating what to name our first child.)

Wife: “I’m not opposed to ‘Grace’ for a middle name.”

Me: “Neither am I. Better that than ‘Grapes.’”

Wife: “What? When was that on the table?”

Me: “Grapes are frequently on tables!”

(My wife says I’m not taking this process seriously. I don’t know what she’s talking about.)

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Unfiltered Story #106383

, | Unfiltered | March 2, 2018

I go to the vet’s office to pick up my three kittens, who were spayed and neutered that day. It is 5:30 in the evening. As is standard with procedures where they use anesthesia, I dropped off the kittens when the vet opened in the morning and didn’t expect to pick them up until later in the day. When I walk into the office, there is an older man and his wife waiting. They have already been helped, so I let the vet tech know that I am here for my kittens. When she goes to the back to get them, the man (in a very grumpy mood) starts talking to me.

Man: So, your cat has been all day here too?
Me: Yeah, they were getting fixed. I think that’s pretty common for it to be all day.
Man: My dog was here all day.
Me: Ummm…sorry about that. What was he here for?
Man: Teeth cleaning. And he’s been LOCKED IN A CRATE ALL DAY. They called at 3:30 to tell me he was just waking up. So that means he must’ve been done around 3. It’s unacceptable that he was LOCKED UP ALL DAY when I dropped him off THIS MORNING.
Me: Did they tell you he was locked up all day? I’m pretty sure they take dogs outside so they can go potty. That’s a bummer that it’s been so long; they might’ve had a life-or-death emergency happen today, and had to postpone your dog’s teeth cleaning to save an animal’s life.
Man: They didn’t say, but this is UNACCEPTABLE.
Man’s Wife: Honey, she doesn’t need to know this (me internally agreeing with her; I’m not getting paid to listen to him yell at me)
Man: I told you I’d take care of this!
Man’s Wife: Yes, dear, but there’s nothing she can do about it. She doesn’t work here.

The man blinks, and seems to suddenly realize that I’m not an employee, even though he knew I was there to pick up my kittens. He is quiet, and a few minutes later the vet tech brings my kittens out, allowing me to escape. I hope the poor vet tech didn’t suffer to much from his overreaction.

Might Need An Extra Day Off For Therapy

, , , , , | Working | March 1, 2018

(I am working part-time at a department store over the Christmas season. It is just about a week before Christmas. I am talking with a coworker about how busy it’s going to get.)

Coworker: “I have to work [days] next week.”

Me: “I work every day except [day], since I asked for it off.”

Coworker: “And they gave it to you?!”

Me: “Well, my mom actually died last month, and [Local Organization] is having a memorial for everyone who has died this last year. So, my brother and sister and I are all going.”

Coworker: “Yeah, I remember when I was younger, my uncle killed my aunt and then himself!”

(With that, she turns around and walks away.)

Me: “Congratulations. Your life sucks more than mine does.”

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