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Love Giving Lovingly

, , , | Hopeless | January 23, 2017

(I’m standing in line at a fast food place known for their gyros, frowning at some work stuff on my phone. The young woman (probably early 20s) who is running the register is cool and fairly tough looking. She has lots of tattoos and piercings, and a no-nonsense demeanor. I place my order with her, a to-go with lunch for myself and my husband, and she waves my card away.)

Cashier: “I got you, mami. I’m buying for you. You look like you’re having a bad day, so lunch is on me, and you take it easy, okay?”

Me: “What? Really? Oh! I’m not having a bad day, haha, just some crazy work stuff. Thank you, but you don’t have to do that.”

Cashier: “Nah. I always say, if you got love, then you give, and I got lots of love, so I choose to give to you. You seem real nice, honey. Just pay it forward to another stranger some time and keep the love going, okay?”

(I thank her repeatedly, and find a $20 bill in my purse to give to her to put towards the next orders. When my food was ready, the manager actually brought me my food and told me I was a “good girl”, and had given me a bunch of extra sides in addition to gyros full to bursting. I made sure to brag on his cashier for being so awesome, and he looked so proud. The whole experience was a bright spot in my week, especially during the busy holiday season.)

Always Treats You Fare

, , , | Hopeless | January 17, 2017

Every morning I catch the bus at 5:45 am to get to work. The usual driver isn’t exactly unfriendly but not really friendly either. She always says hello but doesn’t go out of her way to make conversation or make it seem like we are more than just fares.

This morning I go to board the bus and use my fare card, and she stops me and says, “Don’t put the card in. Just take a seat.” I am confused but know she’s had issues with the machine so I ask if she wants my card to put in later when it is fixed.

She smiled and said no. Today was her last day before Christmas because she was on vacation, and she was paying the fare for her morning riders. She paid for every person who got on. It really brightened my day and restored a bit of faith.

Very Personal Banking

, , , , , | Working | December 30, 2016

(I am working as a bank teller at a small bank branch. I’m also very pregnant, so sometimes my “pregnant brain” turns on and I forget something, say something strange, or cry at the most ridiculous things. All my coworkers are women and have young kids, so they help me out when I’m having a bad day, and we all laugh when I do anything crazy. I have a younger male customer come in and start walking towards my window. I start to greet him, but instead of, “Hi, what can I do for you today?” my pregnant brain takes over and I say:)

Me: “Hi, what can I do to you today? Wait! No! I mean… not do to you. I meant, oh, wow, this is going downhill fast.”

(That poor man’s face was so red, and all my coworkers laughed at me the rest of the afternoon.)


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You Haven’t Been A Ham

, , , | Working | December 24, 2016

(It’s the day after Boxing Day and I am at the deli in the supermarket getting some ham. I encountered the woman serving me the week prior and received a snarky, grumpy attitude. I am very patient and was as cheery as I could be, but still no smile. In the following conversation, the snarky woman never once smiles or drops the attitude.)

Snarky Woman: *rearranging pepperoni slices*

Me: *patiently waiting to be served*

Other Staff Member: “[Snarky Woman], there are people waiting.”

(The snarky woman ignores her coworker, who is unable to serve customers because she is using a big meat slicer, and continues rearranging pepperoni slices.)

Me: *still waiting patiently*

Other Staff Member: “[Snarky Woman], there are customers waiting!” *apologetic smile to customers*

Snarky Woman: *finishes rearranging pepperoni* “I was busy!” *looks at me* “What do YOU want?”

Me: “I’ll have six slices of ham, please.”

Snarky Woman: “Six?” *bags ham with attitude* “Is that all?”

Me: “Yes, thanks.”

Snarky Woman: “Here.” *hands over ham with more attitude*

Me: *finally sick of her attitude and said with as much sarcasm as possible* “You have a lovely day.”

(You have to wonder what people like her are doing in a customer service role.)


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Wasn’t Born In The Pumpkin Patch

, , , , | Working | November 30, 2016

(It’s fall, time for pumpkin and pumpkin spice everything. I run to the store to get canned pumpkin, and I’m having trouble finding it. I look in three aisles I think it might be in, as well as at the ends of some aisles in case it’s in a special pumpkin display. No luck, so I’m getting frustrated. This store always has excellent customer service, so an employee stops to help.)

Employee: “Can I help you find something?”

Me: *speaking very fast, I’m so frazzled by now* “Yes, please! I’m looking for canned pumpkin. I’ve looked with baking, canned vegetables, and canned fruit, but I can’t find it.”

Employee: “What is it you’re looking for?”

Me: *speaking at a normal pace* “Canned pumpkin.”

Employee: “Can… what?”

Me: “Pumpkin.”

Employee: “Can you spell that?”

(He pulls out what looks like his phone, or a hand-held computer, to try to look it up. I spell it and he types in “pumping.”)

Employee: “I don’t know…”

Me: “Like just a can of pumpkin. For pumpkin pie.”

Employee: “I don’t know what that is.”

(All of a sudden, I see it up the top shelf.)

Me: “Oh! There it is! Thank God. Thanks for your help.”

(As I rushed away, he went over to look at this mystery item he’d never heard of. Not sure how he’s gotten through life never hearing about pumpkin, in this pumpkin/pumpkin-spiced obsessed society! I appreciate his efforts to try to help me!)


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