Refuses To Have A Good Day

| Albuquerque, NM, USA | Bad Behavior

(I am behind an elderly man who is buying a case of water.)

Cashier: *to elderly man* “That will be $2.99.”

Elderly Man: *sneers* “Well, I’m fresh out of three dollar bills.” *turns to me and gives me a creepy smile*

(He rifles through his wallet all the while searching for the elusive three dollar bill and talking about the non-existent denomination. He finally pulls out a five dollar bill and THROWS it at the cashier, and then turns and gives me another creepy smile. The cashier is very polite.)

Cashier: “Here is your change. Thank you for coming to the store and have a good day.”

Elderly Man: *snarls* “Have a good day? Who are you to tell me that? Why should I have a good day because you told me to?””

Me: “Then go ahead and have an a**-hole day because that is what you’re being.”

Not Sleeping On The Job

| Jersey City, NJ, USA | Family & Kids

(A man comes up to my till to purchase a few items. He has his two children with him, a boy and a girl, both of which I suspect are no older than five years old. The man and his children are very nice, friendly, and overall good customers. As I ring his purchases, the children are excited and happy, with the boy even giving me his own saved up money for a snack, with his father’s permission.)

Me: “Okay, sir, your total is [Total].”

(Just as he’s about to swipe his credit card, the little girl looks up at me and smiles sweetly.)

Girl: “Do you all sleep here?”

(Her father and I couldn’t help but laugh at this point.)

Me: *laughing, but politely* “No, no, we don’t sleep here. We just take turns coming here. In fact, someone else is coming when we all leave tonight.”

Girl: “Okay!” *she happily skips away with her father once the transaction is completed*

This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 39

| NY, USA | At The Checkout, Extra Stupid, Money

(A woman and her friend come up to my register to pay for her rather large order. She hands me her credit card and continues talking to her friend.)

Me: “I’m sorry, miss, your card was declined.”

(She glares at me before returning to her friend.)

Me: “Let me try it again. Still coming back declined.”

Customer: “How can that be? Are you sure you’re doing it right?”

Me: “It’s hard to do it wrong. I’ll key it in manually. Maybe my reader is broken.”

(I manually key in the card; it gets declined again.)

Me: “I’m sorry miss, your card was declined again. Do you ha—”

Customer: *to friend* “You know? I spend more money in this place than this guy makes in a week.”

Me: “That may be the reason your credit card is maxed out.”

Related:
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 38
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 37
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 36