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, , , , | Right | May 11, 2021

I was a farmers’ market vendor for a few years. Our market made a point of selling local, home-grown produce. 

One customer came in asking for avocados, which are, of course, tropical and not grown here in western Idaho. I don’t know if he didn’t understand “local produce” or “climate zones,” but he was miffed that none of us sold avocados!

He Has A Real Problem

, , , | Right | February 25, 2021

I’m working at a booth in an indoor farmer’s market when a customer comes to the table and stares at me. There’s a few moments of silence.

Me: “Um, can I help you?”

Customer: “Can I speak to someone real?”

Baffled, I redirected him to the owner, who apparently sufficed.

Liars Of The Corn

, , , | Right | February 3, 2021

I work at a local farmer’s market. Our main products are two types of sweet corn: yellow and mixed. It is near the end of the season, the last day of the market, and we have been selling the last corn of the year.

Customer: “Where’s the yellow corn?”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, we’re all out of yellow corn for the year. If you’d like, we have fresh mixed corn; otherwise, I’d suggest trying the grocery store across the road.”

Customer: “No! You must be hiding the corn! I demand to speak to your boss!”

My boss isn’t working that morning, so I call over my supervisor, another young woman.

Customer: “Where’s your yellow corn? You’re hiding it from me!”

Supervisor: “I’m sorry, sir, we are all out of yellow corn for the season.”

Customer: “You’re lying! I’m going to drive out to the farm and find it myself!”

He stormed off. We found out later that he had actually driven to the farm, parked in a cornfield, and started searching for yellow corn himself. He didn’t find any.

Wait Until You Tell Him What Free-Range Means

, , , | Right | January 4, 2021

Our business makes egg-free cakes and pastries, and we put this on a sign on the product. We’re selling them at the markets when a customer comes in.

Customer: “I want the free egg.”

He kept pointing angrily at the sign while we all tried to work out how to tell him.

Berry Frustrating

, , , , , | Working | November 12, 2020

This takes place during certain health crisis restrictions. Everyone has to wear a mask, there are designated lines and distancing rules, etc.

My husband and I stop at a fresh product market to buy some strawberries. There is a sign that says, “No picking through strawberries,” which I assume means that you can’t pick through the baskets.

My husband picks a basket, careful not to touch any others, and while I collect a few other things, he looks more closely at his selection.

Several of them are moldy.

Husband: *To an employee* “I’m sorry to do this, but is it possible to give you this one back and pick a different basket? A bunch of these are moldy and you can’t tell from the top.”

Employee: “No, we have a sort of ‘you touch it you buy it’ policy.”

Husband: “But these are rotten and there’s no way to tell without picking it up.”

The employee just shrugged while putting out new baskets of berries. 

I get trying to reduce cross-contamination, but it’s not an excuse to bury old produce and trick people into buying it.