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Minimum Wage And Maximum Rudeness

| GA, USA | Bad Behavior, Money

(I work at one of the few McDonald’s in Georgia where the company has started to use the electronic kiosk ordering stations that are used in Europe. A lot of customers feel the need to explain to me that they think these machines are a response to people wanting a $15.00 minimum wage and will eventually put me and other employees out of a job. Usually I ignore the minimum wage comment and explain to them that the reason I actually got my job in the first place is because of these machines, as I help people who don’t know how to use them, but one time someone takes things an [unnecessary] step further. About three months into my time working here, two men in their late-thirties-to-early-forties come in.)

Me: “Good morning. I can take your order right here if you’d like.”

(Both men briefly look at the regular registers, but end up walking back over. The first customer lists off his order very quickly, but I manage to punch in everything on the first try. I start taking his friend’s order when the first customer turns to him and says this:)

Customer: “You know what these machines are for, right? It’s because people want a fifteen-dollar minimum wage.”

(By now I am more than used to this sort of talk, so I decide to ignore him and continue to take his friend’s order. But the first man isn’t done.)

Customer: “Can you believe it? Fifteen dollars an hour, to work at McDonald’s!”

(Normally I pride myself on smiling and staying professional even when I have customers that are jerks, but seriously? I am standing RIGHT THERE! The customer then walks away to wait for his order, so he doesn’t see the death glare I am apparently giving him. His friend notices, though, and gives me the most sincerely apologetic look I’ve ever seen.)

Me: “Just so you know, he’s wrong. He’s not the first to say it, but he’s wrong.”

(He starts to apologize, but I just wave him off.)

Me: “Please don’t feel like you need to apologize for him.”

(He looks relieved that I am not mad at him, and I finish taking his order.)

Customer’s Friend: “I hope you have a nice day, ma’am.”

Me: “You too, sir.”

(Moral of the story: A little politeness goes a long way, and if you’re going to be an a**-hole to people, at the very least do it out of earshot!)

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Time To Go On Law-Break

| FL, USA | Crazy Requests, Criminal & Illegal

(I am working the opening of a new store. Florida law requires all employees under 18 have an unpaid thirty minute break every four consecutive hours they work. Because it is the opening week a lot of employees are working so they can be trained, which means somebody is on break almost all the time. At one point a guest flags me down to complain.)

Customer: “I’ve been standing here forever! And all these kids are just sitting out here ignoring me!”

Me: “I am sorry, ma’am. They are on break.”

Customer: “Well, I still don’t see why they couldn’t help me! They’re just lazy!”

Me: “Ma’am… they are on break. Florida state law requires them to have an uninterrupted break.”

Customer: “It wouldn’t have been hard for them to help me. Kids are just so lazy these days!”

Me: “Ma’am. Unless you want to pay the fines we could incur for them causing us to break the law for helping YOU they aren’t going to help you. But I can.”

Customer: “Well. You don’t have to be rude about it. Now, I need some ketchup!”

Me: “You’re standing right next to it…”

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Coffee, Interrupted

| CT, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

Coworker: “Hi, can I help you?”

Customer: “A medium iced mocha.” *pauses*

Coworker: “Sure thing! Anything else?”

Customer: “JESUS CHRIST, WOULD YOU LET ME F****** FINISH? OH, my GOD ,you are just so RUDE! That is RIDICULOUS! DON’T ASK ME IF I WANT ANYTHING ELSE BEFORE I’M F***** FINISHED!”

Coworker: *stunned silence*

Customer: “And a LARGE COFFEE, CREAM ONLY!”

(I am the manager and decide to take this lady’s money and get her out of my drive-thru as quickly as possible. She rolls up to the window and throws me a five dollar bill, still yelling.)

Customer: “I’m sorry, but THAT IS RIDICULOUS! JUST OVER THE TOP! I AM HAVING A BAD DAY AND I JUST CAN’T TAKE YOU PEOPLE RIGHT NOW!”

Me: *silently hands her the drinks* “Your change is thirty-two cents.”

Customer: “You can give it to the girl I cussed at. It will probably make her feel better.”

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Lack Of Register Does Not Register, Part 7

| IN, USA | At The Checkout

(I’m sitting at a fast food restaurant, and I overhear this conversation. Note that there is one register with a sign on it stating the card machine is broken.)

Cashier: “Hi, Welcome to [Store]; I can help you over at this register.”

Customer: “Or you could stop being a lazy piece of s*** and take care of me on THIS register?”

Cashier: “Sir, that register is broken. You can try to order there all you like but I can promise you that you aren’t getting anything out of it.”

Related:
Lack of Register Does Not Register, Part 6
Lack of Register Does Not Register, Part 5
Lack of Register Does Not Register, Part 4

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She Needs All The Sweetness She Can Get

, | USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(I am working at a well-known fast food restaurant when a lady comes in and asks for a large vanilla iced coffee with two extra pumps of sugar. We already put five pumps in all large iced coffees. A little while later she comes running back up to the counter. I hear the conversation between my manager and her.)

Lady: “You got it wrong again! This is too sweet! How hard is it to make a god- d***ed iced coffee with TWO extra sugar!?”

Manager: “I’m sorry about that, ma’am. I will be happy to replace your coffee but I have to ask you to refrain from cussing. There are children here.”

Lady: “Fine! Just get me my coffee. ONLY TWO extra sugars! Not 20 like you always do!”

(My manager goes to make her a new iced coffee. He hands it to her and asks her to try it.)

Lady: “Finally! Someone can get it right.”

(She storms out of the store without another word and I walk over to my manager.)

Me: “Sir, I made that coffee and I can assure you I only put 2 extra sugars in it.”

Manager: “I know. She comes in every now and then and does the same thing. What she really wants is ONLY two pumps of sugar.”

Me: “Has anyone told her?”

Manager: “Yes, but she insists that extra means only.”

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