Think Before You Ink

, | CA, USA | Romantic | October 12, 2012

(A customer is staring at me.)

Customer: “You have pretty eyes.”

Me: “Oh, thanks!”

Customer: “Is it weird, now?”

Me: “What? No.”

Customer: “I work across the street, you should come visit me.” *across the street is a cash for gold place*

Me: *trying to be polite* “Oh, okay.”

Customer: “Yeah, you should come by and get a tattoo.” *across the street is also a smoke shop that does tattoos and piercings*

Me: “Oh, uh…”

Customer: “You should come by and get a tattoo of my name across your shoulder.”

Me: “I don’t think my boyfriend would appreciate that.”

Customer: “Oh, he’s the possessive type, huh?” *raises eyebrows*

Me: “We’ll, no, but—”

(Thankfully another customer comes in. It saves me from the awkwardness of explaining why it’s inappropriate to ask someone you met 20 seconds ago to get a tattoo of your name!)

A Change In Atti-two-de

, | Sacramento, CA, USA | Right | October 4, 2012

(I am working the register where a customer has just paid with a bunch of two dollar bills. Just to be sure we can take them, I ask my manager, who says yes. Upon hearing this, the customer starts making fun of me.)

Customer: “Haha! Haven’t you ever seen a $2 bill before?! Aren’t you a real American? I’ve never seen anyone who doesn’t know what a $2 bill is. Haha!”

Me: “I’m… I’m sorry, sir.”

(The customer then proceeds to get the rest of the line behind him to laugh at me. I am humiliated and stewing by this point, but send him on his way, smiling the whole time. Later, I’m in the back room counting the money in my register into the safe for the end of my shift. My manager comes into the back to talk to me.)

Manager: “There’s a customer at the front counter who wants to talk to you.”

(I go out there and it’s the $2 bill customer from earlier. I’m bracing myself for round two when this happens.)

Customer: “I just wanted to say I’m really sorry for making fun of you earlier. It wasn’t right. I was in a bad mood and I took it out on you, and you didn’t deserve it.”

Me: “It’s okay, sir.”

Customer: “No, it isn’t. You were just trying to do your job and I embarrassed you. That’s not okay. I’m very sorry. Buddies?”

Me: “Buddies.” *we shake hands*

(After I got off work he told me some of the history of $2 bills. When he left he said, “Don’t let them get to you!” He comes in almost every day now, and it’s always nice to see him!)

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Deja Bun

, | The Netherlands | Working | October 4, 2012

Me: “I’d like a [name] bun, please.”

Employee: “Sure. Would you like a white or a brown bun?”

Me: “White, please.”

Employee: “Sorry, we don’t have those anymore. Will brown do?”

Me: “Well, sure, but why give me the choice?”

Employee: “Well, I only realised it just this sec.”

Me: “Ah, well, I guess the weekend is looming on the both of us.”

(I think nothing more of it. However, as I receive my order, I hear the same employee talking to the next customer.)

Employee: “Hi, how may I help you?”

Customer: “One [name] bun please.”

Employee: “Would you like a white or a brown bun?”

Customer: “White, please.”

Employee: “Sorry, we’re out of white buns, will a brown one do?”

Count On This Customer To Be Considerate For A Change

, | Omaha, NE, USA | Right | September 30, 2012

(A woman in her thirties comes in with her young daughter, and they order two meals to go. The total is just over $18 and she hands me a twenty.)

Me: “Out of twenty?”

Customer: “Oh! Oh! I have the change. Is that okay? Do you want the change? Is it okay if I give you the change? Will it mess you up? Will you have to re-ring it?”

Me: “No, it’s fine. Thanks.”

Customer: “Are you sure? It won’t mess up the till?”

Me: “No. Actually, we have no way to enter in how much customers give us. We just have to use math to figure it out!”

Customer: “Really? Oh my gosh. There’s really no way to figure it out?”

Me: “Nothing but counting.” *I hand her the change* “There you go. That’ll be right out.”

Customer: *in awe* “Wow!”

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Some Customers Are Asking For It

, | Vancouver, BC, Canada | Right | September 21, 2012

Me: “Hey there, what can I get for you today?”

Customer: “I’ll have a coffee, a burger, and a muffin.”

Me: “Okay, what size coffee would you like?”

Customer: “Small.”

Me: “Any cream or sugar in that?”

Customer: “Double double.”

Me: “And what kind of muffin would you like?”

Customer: “Do you have to ask so many questions?”

Me: “Yes, sir, it’s hard when you don’t specify anything you want.”

Customer: “Are you kidding?! I told you very clearly a coffee, a muffin, a burger!”

Me: “Yes, but you didn’t tell me what size, how you like the coffee, what muffin, and what burger, and as you can see there are a few different—”

Customer: “I’d like to speak to your manager!”

Manager: “I’m right here. If you’d like a large black coffee, a bran muffin, and a bacon cheese burger, then we don’t have to ask you any more questions.”

Customer: “That’s not what I want at all!”

Manager: “Then let’s answer the questions and stop complaining, shall we?”

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