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Support Your Local Artists!

, , , | Right | CREDIT: hmitch94 | May 23, 2021

I’m playing a free gig put on by the local council. It’s at an outdoor amphitheater, so everyone can just come and enjoy a free two sets of live music. In the second set, after a few songs, the singer says that if people like the music, then he has CDs.

One song later, after we finish playing the tune, a woman comes up to the stage in front of the entire audience, stopping the concert.

Woman: “Where is my free CD? I’m going now.”

The singer is baffled.

Singer: “Why did you think it was free?”

Woman: “Well, how much is it, then?”

Singer: “I usually sell them for $10.”

Woman: “I don’t have ten dollars on me and I’m going now, so are you going to give me a free CD?”

Singer: “I’ll think about it.”

Woman: “You only have ten seconds because I’m leaving.”

Singer: “Okay. Bye.”

The singer then announced on the microphone that this woman had stopped the concert because she wanted a free CD, and everyone in the audience basically laughed her out of the room.


, , , , | Learning | March 31, 2021

My mom and I are big fans of a classic rock musician who’s known for giving very long concerts. He’s American and rarely comes to our country, so we naturally jump at the chance to go to one of his concerts in 2016, despite the concert taking place on a weekday. The concert is amazing, but it doesn’t end until almost two o’clock in the morning. I am fifteen years old and have school at eight o’clock the following morning.

As we shuffle out of the venue, I spot a familiar face near me. It’s my history teacher, whose class I have first thing tomorrow morning!

Teacher: “Nice concert, huh, [My name]?”

Me: “Yeah, it was great. See you in a couple of hours!”

We then went our separate ways home. He brought me a cup of coffee the next morning.

Un-beer-lievable Ignorance, Part 2

, , , | Right | November 16, 2020

I’m working concessions at a rock concert in a large sports arena. Invariably, there is a “last call” about an hour and a half before the headliner is scheduled to end. This means that alcohol is not served anywhere in the venue after that time. This conversation happens more than once:

Customer: “Can I get a [alcoholic beverage]?”

Me: “Sorry, alcohol is cut off. They won’t have it anywhere in the building.”

Customer: “How about a beer?”

What do people think is in beer?

Un-beer-lievable Ignorance

A Front Row Seat To The Stupid Show

, , , | Right | October 26, 2020

I work at a concert venue. I am checking people’s tickets to make sure they actually have front-row seats before letting them into the front-row section.

Some guy, obviously very drunk, comes up to me and tries to walk into the front-row seating stairway.

Me: “Hey, you have to have a front-row seat to go back there.”

Drunk Guy: “What?”

Me: “A ticket. Can you show me your ticket?”

Drunk Guy: *Pause* “No.”

Me: “Okay, then you can’t come in.”

Drunk Guy: “Yeah, I can. Watch this.”

He then grabbed my arm and tried to drag me down the stairs with him. He got kicked out by security. 

I was fifteen at the time, for the record.

A Smelly Symphony Saved!

, , , | Working | July 1, 2020

I’ve recently moved very close to our city’s symphony orchestra center, and I want to attend performances when I can afford it. Unfortunately, the symphony is pretty expensive, and even a seat at the very back of the concert hall has to be budgeted for. 

I purchase my first ticket, and I am so excited! I figure, since you’re at the symphony to listen more than to watch, being at the back of the concert hall won’t be that bad. I make it to my seat, and just before the show starts I feel someone take the seat behind me. I am immediately engulfed in a cloud of noxious perfume, so bad my eyes start to water instantly. 

I’m a little sensitive to strong perfume or aerosol smells, but the average amount most people wear isn’t enough to trigger a reaction. This case is ridiculous. It’s like she’s DOUSED herself with the entire bottle. She also keeps fidgeting and leaning closer to the back of my seat as she rearranges herself, each time bringing the smell closer. 

I try to enjoy the music, but by the intermission I can barely keep my eyes open, my throat is burning, and my nose is clogged. I leap up and go outside for some fresh air. This symphony ticket is the most expensive thing I’ve bought for myself in months, and I think I am going to have to just deal with it. 

I am coming back inside when an older woman who is volunteering as an usher comes over to me. 

Usher: “Are you all right, sweetie?”

Me: “Huh? Yes, I’m fine. Thank you.”

Usher: “You look like you’ve been crying. Are you sure?”

Me: “Oh! No, it’s okay. I wasn’t crying, but the woman seated behind me has on some very strong perfume and it’s aggravating my sinuses.”

Usher: “Well, we can’t have that!”

She grabs my arm with a surprisingly strong grip and propels me over to the box office. 

Usher: *To the ticket agent* “This young lady needs a new seat, please. She’s having a reaction to another guest’s perfume and it’s affecting her ability to enjoy the symphony.”

Ticket Agent: “Of course!”

The ticket agent prints off a new ticket and hands it to the usher.

Ticket Agent: “I hope you enjoy the second half of the performance.”

All this is done in seconds, before I can even get a word in. Then, the usher has me by the arm again and we head down the stairs to the main floor of the concert hall. She leads me to an amazing seat in the center orchestra section. This seat easily costs twice what I paid for my original seat.

Me: “Wow, thank you so much! You didn’t have to move me to such a nice seat.”

Usher: “Nonsense! Everyone should enjoy their time at the symphony! You take care, now.” 

I got seated with just a few minutes to spare before intermission was over. Thankfully, no one around my new seat had the same perfume over-application as my previous seat, and I was able to truly enjoy the second half. It had honestly never occurred to me that I could ask to switch seats, if one happened to be open. Now I know, at least at this venue, that it’s an option.

Thank you again, kind usher lady. You made my first symphony experience so much better!

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