Bringing In Lots Of Change

| Wallingford, CT, USA | Working | May 17, 2016

(I’m a cashier at a sandwich shop, and a kid no older than twelve approaches the counter with a large order of sandwiches. He looks a little sheepish.)

Kid: “So… um… how much is that?”

Me: “[Total over thirty dollars].”

Kid: “Yeah… so… I’m so sorry but…”

(The kid then holds up a large gallon plastic baggy of quarters, dimes, and nickels.)

Kid: “…this is the only money I have.”

Me: *laughs* “No problem. I’m sure you’ve got plenty.”

(The kid is kind enough to help me count by piling dimes up into dollar stacks as I count them, and he’s got more than enough, so he adds some chips and drinks to his order. The whole process takes a while, but he’s the only customer cashing out at the moment and I am in no rush. As I’m patiently counting out another stack of dimes and nickels for the additional food, my boss peeks over to my register and sees my mountain of coins, and he is red with laughter.)

Manager: “Haha! I can’t believe it! You had to count all of that?”

Me: *smiling evilly* “That’s nothing. You’re the one balancing out my drawer before I leave!”

(The look of horror on my boss’s face was priceless.)

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See No Evil, Eat No Evil

| Porterville, CA, USA | Working | May 16, 2016

(I tend to give my coworkers sarcastic answers to stupid questions they ask. I’m on back booth in drive-thru and they’re taking an extremely long time up front so I go up and make the ice creams for the next car. A coworker sees me walk to the back while holding them.)

Coworker: “You got those ice creams?”

Me: *waving them in the air* “No, it’s just an illusion. They’re invisible! “

Lychee Nailing Jelly To The Wall

| Berkeley, CA, USA | Right | May 14, 2016

(A customer walks in to our boba shop and wants to order a slushy.)

Cashier: “Your drink comes with two free toppings and they are lychee jelly and tapioca. Would you like that in your drink or would you like to change it?”

Customer: “I want the boba; how much is it?”

Cashier: “So no lychee jelly, just boba? All right, that would be $3.50.”

(The customer pays and waits for the drink. The order is ready and the customer picks it up.)

Customer: “Excuse me, what happened to the lychee jelly?”

Cashier: “You said you don’t want it so we didn’t put it in.”

Customer: “No, I mean what did you do with it since I didn’t want it?”

Cashier: *wants to say “I ate it” but can’t* “The lychee jelly is usually chilling in the fridge.”

Customer: *looking worried and upset* “Tell me the truth; you guys must have done something to it since I turned it down!”

(Really, the toppings you don’t want will stay out of your cup and be cool in the fridge. In the whole process, no toppings were mistreated or harmed.)

Can’t Vouch For That Member Of Staff

, | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Working | May 12, 2016

(I am at a well-known fried chicken franchise. I have a voucher for a free drink and chips with any purchase. The transaction starts off smoothly enough.)

Me: “Hi! I would like to use this voucher, please.”

Cashier: “Sure, what will you be buying?”

Me: “I’ll have one [most standard, well known, basic burger on the menu], please.”

Cashier: “Okay, let me just find the voucher on the register…”

(She struggles to work out how to redeem the voucher and calls her manager over to help. In less than a heartbeat, the cashier’s demeanour has completely changed.)

Cashier: *to manager, in a tone that suggests I am causing trouble* “She only wants to use THIS.” *glares at me*

Manager: *to me* “I’m very sorry but you will need to purchase something else to use this voucher.”

Me: *amused at this strange turn of events, and not wanting to help at this point* “Yeah.”

Manager: “So… you need to actually order something. We can’t just give you free food.”

Me: “Yep.”

(The manager gets a look of realisation on her face that I have already ordered.)

Manager: *to cashier* “What did she order?”

Cashier: *sighs and rolls her eyes* “I, like, don’t even KNOW. Something we don’t even HAVE.”

(The manager turns to me.)

Me: “One [most standard, well known, basic burger on the menu], please.”

(The manager looked unimpressed and keyed in my order and the free drink and chips, then bagged the order herself. She ended up giving me extra chips and about 10 moist towelettes, which was their fast-food equivalent of an apology!)

It’s Enough To Make You Fry

| VA, USA | Working | May 12, 2016

(I go to a fast food place to get food for my manager. I typically do this when I’m going to the bank, because they’re in the same shopping center, and my manager never gets breaks to get her own food. I go through the drive-thru and get back to my store.)

Manager: “Uh, [My Name]? This is just fries.”

Me: “Oh, crap. There’s no burger?”

(She shakes her head. I typically hate raising a fuss. If it had been my order, I really wouldn’t have worried about it, but my manager has to pinch pennies to get by, and she really can’t afford to just forget about it, so I drive back to the restaurant.)

Me: “Hi. I’m really sorry about this, but I just went through the drive-thru…”

Manager: “[Sandwich]?” *I nod* “Sorry about that. Our guy is new and nervous.” *talks to another employee, who gets me another burger* “And get her a large fry.”

Me: “Oh, no. We already got fries. I just need the burger.”

Manager: “Well, at least take this.”

(The manager gave me a coupon for a free meal. I was happy that he was so helpful, and to my manager, getting a free meal meant that she could save even just a small amount of money. I thought she was going to burst into tears!)

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