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Not So Pretty In Pink

, , , , , , | Right | July 10, 2010

(A customer is trying on a black and white top by a well-known designer and it fits her very well. Her daughter is with her.)

Customer: “I just wish this wasn’t black and white. I want something brighter.”

Me: “Well, we do have a dress by the same designer which has the same silhouette in pink. I think it would look good with your complexion and hair color.”

Customer: “No, thanks. My daughter doesn’t think I look good in pink so I’m going to have to listen to her on this.”

(The customer’s five-year-old daughter solemnly nodded with approval.)


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Age Or Gender Gap

, , , , | Right | July 3, 2010

(A woman and her daughter are standing by the cigarette counter where I am working.)

Child: “Mummy, can I have a chocolate bar?”

Mother: “Okay. Pick the one you want and give it to the man.”

(There is a long, tense pause as the child and I look at one another.)

Child: *in a very condescending tone* “Mummy. I think it’s a lady.”

Me: “She is correct.”

On Reflection, Best Not To Ask…

, , , , , | Right | June 9, 2010

(I work at a store where we stuff animals for our guests. I am helping three sisters, one about thirteen, one about eleven, one about six, stuff their bears.)

Me: “So, are you going to get clothes for your bear?”

Youngest Sister: “Maybe, I hope so!” *notices my name tag* “Hey! Your name is Emily. That’s my twin sister’s name!”

Me: “Oh, that’s great!”

([Youngest Sister] leaves and I help the middle sister, then the oldest.)

Middle Sister: “Oh, your name is Emily; that’s my, uh, sister’s twin’s name.”

Me: “Yeah, she told me that. Where is her sister? I didn’t see her.”

Oldest Sister: “She didn’t tell you?!” *yelling* “Hey [Youngest Sister], where does your twin live?”

Youngest Sister: “In the mirrors!”


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Scare Bears

, , , | Right | June 3, 2010

(I’m talking to two young customers about their stuffed animals with their aunt waiting behind them.)

Me: “So, what are you going to name your bears?”

Girl #1: *shrug*

Girl #2: “I don’t know yet.”

Me: “Oh, well, that’s okay.”

Girl #1: *very serious* “You know, my sister’s last name is Ross, but that’s not my last name. Do you know why?”

Me: “Uh… well, um. I’m not sure?”

(The aunt rushes over.)

Aunt: “Oh, sweetie! You should ask your mom that!”

Girl #1: “Oh… okay.” *walks away forlorn*


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Hang Ups Over Children

, , , | Right | June 2, 2010

Me: “Hi, thank you for calling [Vet Clinic]. How can I help you today?”

(Note: the caller sounds around four years old. )

Caller #1: “Hello, is Aunt Betty there?”

Me: “I’m sorry, would you mind repeating that?”

Caller #1: “Can I speak to Aunt Betty?”

Me: “I’m sorry, you have the wrong number.”

Caller #1: “Oh. Okay.”

Me: “Bye!”

(I hang up. Ten seconds later, the phone rings again.)

Me: “Hi, thank you for calling [Vet Clinic]. How can I help you today?”

Caller #2: “My niece just called here and must have got the wrong number.”

Me: *chuckling* “Yes, she thought–”

Caller #2: “Well, next time don’t hang up on her!” *hangs up*


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