A Weighty Party-Trick

| UK | At The Checkout, Money, Tourists/Travel

(My parents run a general grocery store on a camping/caravanning site. I am 15 and work there. When mum goes on her break and I am alone, I love to watch the shoppers as they walk around putting items in their basket. I know the price of every item in the store so I add it up in my head. When they come to pay I ‘heft’ the basket – as if I am weighing it – and then announce the price.)

Me: “That will be £4.22.”

Customer: *gives me an odd look*

(I enter the items into the till, and it comes to exactly the same price.)

Customer: *looks amazed, and silently hands over the money*

(I overhear the customer talk to their partner outside the shop.)

Customer: “Do you know what that young lad in the shop can do? Amazing!”

Summer Starts Earlier Every Year

| MD, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I am a counselor at a summer camp. A parent asks me this as she is dropping her son off on the first day.)

Mother: “Camp starts at 9 am, right?”

Me: “Yes, that’s correct.”

Mother: “So when is the earliest I can drop him off?”

(This is a reasonable question, as some camps in the same building provide before-care options. Ours, however, does not.)

Me: “8:55? We always start with some casual games that the kids can join as they arrive, so there’s no need to worry about him missing anything.”

Mother: “But I need to drop him off, and his sister at her camp, and then I have to get to work. So I really need to drop him off earlier. His sister’s camp doesn’t have before-care so I need to drop her off second.”

Me: “I’m sorry; we don’t have before-care either.”

Mother: “But you must get here before 9.”

Me: “Well… we do get here earlier but we have setup to do.”

Mother: “I’ll just drop him off when you get here then.”

Me: “We really can’t be responsible for the children outside of camp hours.”

Mother: “He won’t bother you.”

Me: “Please do not bring him before 9.”

Mother: “Okay, see you at 8:30!” *walks away*

Me: “No… please don’t!”

(I got there at 8:20 the next morning and found the child sitting in the hallway outside the locked room!)

Time To Separate The Horse From The Goats

| VA, USA | Family & Kids, Pets & Animals, Theme Of The Month

(We offer pony camps during the summer to kids wanting to learn to ride. We have very calm, safe horses to ride, and take all safety measures, but some parents are naturally worrisome.)

Mom: “Those horses are awfully big… Don’t you have something smaller for my daughter?”

Me: “Ma’am, I assure you, all of our horses are sweet. I’ve ridden all of them over my years here.”

Mom: “I just think that they’re too big for her. Maybe something smaller? Like a miniature horse?”

Me: “Ma’am, you can’t really ride a miniature horse…”

Mom: “Oh! What about that one! It’s perfectly sized for her!”

Me: “Uh… Ma’am… that’s a goat.”

(At this point, the daughter was bright red. She ended up riding one of our largest horses and did awesomely. And poor Benny the goat didn’t have to worry!)