The Store Is Closing Permanently For You

| OK, USA | Working | May 21, 2017

(My daughter’s first job is at a nearby department store. Many of the locations have been closing around the country. But one would think someone applying for a job would have more sense than this.)

Daughter: *working at the front counter* “Hello, can I help you find something today?”

Man: *who has just come in* “Nah, I have an interview.”

Daughter: “Is it with [Manager]? I’ll call her up.”

Man: “I don’t know. I got an email saying I had an interview. Frankly, I was surprised. I didn’t know any of these stores were still open. I hear they’re closing all over. I’m really surprised this one hasn’t. Does anyone even shop here anymore?”

Manager: *having heard most of what the man said* “Hello, would you like to step back here for the interview?”

Man: “Sure, but is it even worth it? Is this store going to close soon? Does anyone ever shop here?”

(Daughter tells me she never saw the guy again. He must not have gotten the job.)

Recommended Refunding Price

| Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Right | May 17, 2017

(I’m the customer in this story. I had purchased a treadmill on sale about a year ago. The original price of the treadmill was $1200.00, and I paid $600.00. Alas, it never works properly. I have one repairman after another visit the house, but even after 5 visits, it still doesn’t work. I finally get fed up and call the company to ask for a refund. After a lot of frustrating back-and-forth with various store employees, I finally ask to speak to a manager.)

Manager: “We can’t offer a refund, but we can give you a store credit.”

Me: “That would be fine.”

Manager: *surprised* “Really? Most people get upset and demand a cash refund.

Me: “Well, actually, I was hoping that I could apply the store credit to a different department. There’s a really nice dishwasher that I have my eye on.”

Manager: “We can do that, certainly. But I’m afraid we can only offer store credit on the sale price you paid: $600.00.”

Me: “Um, that’s what I was expecting, actually.”

Manager: “Really? Most people think we should refund the original price of the item, not the sale price.”

Me: “But… that would mean that I made money off the deal, instead of getting a refund for what I paid. How does that make sense?”

Manager: *sighing* “I was hoping you could tell ME. I’ve had that argument many, many times.”

(I got my store credit, and I duly bought the dishwasher. It’s easily the best dishwasher I’ve ever owned, so thanks, Manager!)

Something Fishy About That One

| MI, USA | Working | May 3, 2017

(This a story my coworker told me when I got into work that occurred that day. My coworker is helping one of the cashiers in his department. The cashier is notorious for being… strange.)

Cashier: *looking at the goldfish* “I want to buy one of these.”

Coworker: “All right. Which one are you interested in?”

(The cashier picks out the one she wants and then comes back a little bit later to show him a video she captured in the parking lot of her giving the goldfish to another coworker, so he could bite the head off.)

Cashier: “Hah! See it’s so funny!”

Coworker: “Uh… yeah… I’m never selling you a fish again.”

An Attentive Attendant

| Sydney, NSW, Australia | Right | April 27, 2017

(I start ringing up my items at the self-serve checkout when I notice that the first couple of items aren’t showing a discount. I press the attendant’s button.)

Me: “Hi, could you take these items off please? I need to double check the price; I thought they were 2 for $10.”

Attendant: “Sure, just leave them up on top and ring up the rest of your items.”

Me: “Oh… okay” *I head back into the store*

(After checking the price and seeing I had the right brand I went back to the checkouts. I scan the items and press the attendant’s button.)

Me: “Sorry, but these are supposed to be 2 for $10.”

Attendant: “I’ll fix that for you.” *starts adjusting price*

Me: “Oh, you are actually taking my word for it and not checking. Thank you.”

Attendant: “Yeah, seeing that you went and checked for yourself instead of making me do it. It’s only $4; this multi-million dollar company isn’t going to miss it. Anyway, they’ve probably not discounted one flavour. It’s the not the first time.”

Me: “Yeah. One time I was buying a pair of discounted shoes and was told that the size I wanted wasn’t on sale.”

Attendant: “Yep, figures. They do it all the time.”

Dressing Down Potential Theft

| USA | Right | April 26, 2017

(I am at the register for my morning shift when a woman walks up with a dress, holding it up.)

Customer: “Should I purchase this?”

Me: “Ma’am, you can purchase anything you desire under limitations to our policy.”

Customer: “Oh, all right, then.”

(The customer stands there, thinking. Finally, she walks off. A few minutes later, the alarm goes off by the door for items that haven’t been purchased.)

Customer #2: “Did that woman decide to not purchase the item?”

Me: “I think so.”

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