Sometimes It Pays To Wait

, , , , | Right | August 13, 2019

(I’m a customer in this story. I’m shopping in a craft and fabric store that tends to sometimes have long lines at the register materialize unpredictably. I’ve been waiting patiently for a while and I’m finally at the front of the line.)

Cashier: “Next!”

(I begin to approach the open register when another customer comes in the front door, goes straight to that cashier, and starts asking a bunch of questions.)

Cashier: *shoots me a concerned/apologetic look*

Me: *just smiles and shrugs understandingly*

(The customer continues asking a bunch of questions about items they may or may not sell and where they might be, as I continue to wait patiently. Finally, the customer seems to have all his questions answered, notices something near the register he wants, grabs it, and walks to that register, ignoring the line of people waiting.)

Cashier: *nervously looks at me to see how I’m going to react*

Me: *shrugs, smiles, and nods towards the customer*

Cashier: *relaxes a bit, rings up the customer, finally sends him on his way, and then it’s finally my turn* “Sorry about that!”

Me: *smiles* “Oh, it’s okay! It’s not a problem. It happens.”

(The cashier rings up my purchases and I realize I didn’t bring enough cash.)

Me: *pulls out my two $20s* “Oh, no. I don’t have enough!”

Cashier: *quickly scans some coupons from behind the counter, bringing the total to just under $40* “Yes, you do!”

(Thank you, fabric store cashier!)

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Unfiltered Story #160002

, , | Unfiltered | August 7, 2019

A woman comes up to me holding a scrap of fabric, the fabric is a stretchy net fabric, which has holes like a very fine fishing net but with lots of stretch.

Customer “I want something like this for a dress I am making”.

Me “I don’t think we have that fabric”

Customer “But I want something like it, doesn’t have to be exact”

Me “The closest we have would be our tulle netting”

Customer “I don’t want the holes like this one has, it has to be see through but with no holes”

Me “Sorry but we don’t have sheer stretch fabric”

Customer “I don’t want stretch fabric”

Me “Ok if you don’t want stretch sheer then I can suggest chiffon” I take her to the chiffon”.

Customer “Yes that will do, now get me this colour.”

Me *picks up closest we have “This is the closest we have that colour”.

Customer “I want this colour, where is it?”

Me “We don’t have that exact colour, I’ve just shown you the closest we have to that colour”

Customer “Well can’t you order it?”

Me “No because it doesn’t come in that exact tone”

Customer “Can’t you just tell them I want it in this colour, it’s sort of beigey”

Me “No, I can’t just order a ‘sort of beigey’ colour when the fabric isn’t made in that colour.”

Customer *snorts and leaves in a huff

Unfiltered Story #157530

, , | Unfiltered | July 10, 2019

(I’ve been helping an older couple around the store for a good forty minutes, taking them section to section for all the items they need.)

Me: Is there anything else I can help you find?
The Wife: Oh, no! You’ve been great… What’s your name?
The Husband: Well, it’s JoAnn of course! That’s a prerequisite for working here, right?
Me: *looks at the camera like I’m in The Office*

Unfiltered Story #155528

, , , | Unfiltered | June 24, 2019

(Due to it being my time of month with a heavy flow and a very nasty sinus and ear infection, there are a ton of medications in my system but I still get myself to work as I don’t feel that bad. A half hour into my shift I suddenly become very weak and my legs become very shaky. Still I put on a brave face to not worry my coworkers and customers and just lean on the counter and carts for balance. I’m catching my breath when I notice a customer coming up to the counter.)

Me: *assume acting face* Hi, how can I help you.

Customer: *not convinced* Are you alright? You weren’t looking that good and you’re pale.

Me: I’ll be alright it will pass.

Customer: Are you sure? Do you need anything like water or food?

Me: Maybe but I’ll hold off till my break, how much do you need?

Customer: Four yards and I’ll be right back.

(I begin to measure out her material while she runs up to the front. She returns a few minutes later with a chocolate bar in hand.)

Customer: There you go.

Me: *shocked* Oh wow…you didn’t have too.

Customer: Chocolate makes everything better. You’re blood sugar might be low so this should help.

(She was right. After a few nibbles on the chocolate and a quick break, my strength returned and I was able to finish my shift with no problems. I saw the same customer a few days later and she was very happy to see that I was doing better and that the chocolate helped.)

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Unfiltered Story #155526

, , , | Unfiltered | June 24, 2019

(I’m working on the floor when I spot a couple with their seven year old daughter when I hear this.)

Father: I don’t think this is the right blue.

Mother: And there’s a pattern in this one, we should look for a solid.

Me: *approaches them* We have a lot of solid blues over this away.

(I show them our selection of solid colors and explain the prices.)

Me: So what are you making?

Mother: Our daughter wants to be Katara for Halloween.

Me: From Avatar? Sweet! Can you show me some bending?

*The girl gives me a huge grin and starts doing some bending moves like in the show*

Mother: *laughs* You should see bath time, it gets really interesting.

Father: And she marathons the show almost every day.

(We have a good laugh and I help them pick out what the colors and calculate how much they needed. I saw them again a year later and this time the girl wanted to be Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon. And she still does bending in the bath tub.*

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