Sharing Is Scaring

| San Jose, CA, USA | Working | January 30, 2015

(My best friend moved recently and lacks some necessities like toilet paper so while we are getting snacks I grab a pack. The cashier that evening is very grumpy.)

Cashier: “You guys gonna share?”

Friend: “Yeah, wanna join?”

Tazed And Confused

| Melbourne, FL, USA | Right | December 12, 2014

(I am a new worker at a big convenience store. It’s near Christmas, a few weeks after Halloween. A mother and her daughter, looking about 10 or 11, walk in and pause near my aisle.)

Daughter: “Hey, Mom I have a cramp! Did you know that your whole BODY does a cramp if you’re tazed?”

Woman: “Do you wanna know how to avoid that?”

Daughter: “Don’t go to Black Friday?”

Woman: “No, silly, I meant the cramps.”

Daughter: “Oh.”

(That made my day, and I am now afraid to work on Black Friday!)

Can’t Play That Card With Me

| LA, USA | Right | December 11, 2014

Customer #1: *not even looking at me* “Turn on pump number four.”

(The customer starts to walk out but I call after her.)

Me: *smiling politely* “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I can’t do that. You have to prepay for gas or leave a deposit.”

Customer #1: *holding out debit card* “I’d like to prepay for $40 in gas, then.”

Me: *still smiling* “I’m sorry, ma’am, but our system is a bit outdated so I can’t prepay fuel with a debit or credit card. However, if you’d like, you can pay with cash or I can hold your card and—”

Customer #1: *snottily* “I’m not giving you my card! You’ll steal my information! Just turn the damned pump on! Jesus, you’re f****** stupid! You’re the only person here who won’t turn on the god-d*** pump for me!”

Me: “Well, ma’am, if I’m the only person who won’t turn the pump on for you, then I’m the only cashier here who is doing her job properly. And you can just leave. Now. You have your nasty attitude to thank for that.”

(She stares at me, seemingly at a loss for words, but she doesn’t leave so I expect her to make a scene as soon as she can speak again. But before she can open her mouth, another customer, who heard the whole exchange, walks up to the counter and speaks to the woman.)

Customer #2: “I know it’s not any of my business but do you ever go to nice, sit-down restaurants?”

Customer #1: *scoffs* “Why, of course I do!”

Customer #2: “So what’s the difference in a waiter or waitress taking your card and walking off with it and you leaving it here with this young lady? Are you trying to say that just because she works at a convenience store that she’s a thief? Or that maybe restaurants have higher standards for employee? Trust me, lady, if that’s your logic, it’s very, very flawed.”

(The woman opens and closes her mouth several times but obviously can’t come up with a good argument because she turns around and storms out of the store.)

Customer #2: *smiles* “That felt really good.”

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More Taxing To Some People

| Austin, TX, USA | Right | December 2, 2014

(A customer brings a pack of gum to the counter. The MSRP, 69 cents, is printed on it.)

Me: “Okay, that’ll be 75 cents.”

Customer: *practically yelling* “No, it says 69 cents right here!”

Me: “Yes, and sales tax makes it 75.”

Customer: “Tax is 8 cents to a dollar, and this is less than a dollar, so there isn’t supposed to be any tax on it!”

Me: “That’s… that’s not how sales tax works…”

(He left without buying the gum.)

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I’ll Drink To That

| MO, USA | Working | December 2, 2014

(I’ve just finished eating lunch and take my ticket to the woman at the counter, still holding my fountain drink which I have not finished.)

Cashier: “One burger combo. Is that it?”

Me: “Yep.”

(I notice that she rings me up for my drink as well as my combo meal.)

Me: “Oh, I didn’t get a refill or anything, so its part of the combo.”

Cashier: “Drinks aren’t included in the combo.”

Me: “Yes, they are. A combo is a burger, fries or tater tots, and a 24 oz drink.”

(I point to the sign that is literally right behind her that lists what’s in the combo meal.)

Me: “See?”

(She stares at me for a moment, looking annoyed.)

Cashier: “Fine.”

(Without even looking at the sign she voids the order and just rings me up for my combo.)

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