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Library Card Versus The Race Card

, , , , , | Right | October 25, 2021

I’m a patron in a library. I see a woman and a small child come in and try to check out a few movies.

Librarian: “I’m sorry, but you have to pay your overdue fee first before we can let you check out these books.”

Woman: “I always return my books on time!”

Librarian: “Our systems show you have fifteen dollars in late fees.”

You can have up to ten dollars in fees and still be able to check stuff out, so she only really has to pay five dollars, but she isn’t having any of it.

Woman: “I am not paying an arm and a leg to check out a book! You won’t let me get anything because you’re racist!”

Librarian: *Taken aback* “What?”

Woman: “You don’t like me because I have an Asian child!”

She is white.

Librarian: “Ma’am, you can’t check these out because you haven’t paid your fines. All you need to do is pay five dollars to be able to check them out.”

Woman: “I will not be discriminated against! You have a problem with Asian children!”

At this point, she is yelling, and another patron walks up to her.

Other Patron: “You need to calm down. We’re in a library.”

Woman: “Well, she’s racist and won’t let me check out these movies!”

Other Patron: “This is a library. No one wants to hear you.”

She then gives up and just storms out, pulling the kid by his arm pretty hard. I go up to the librarian.

Me: “I think she was having a bad day and just wanted to take it out on someone.”

If You’re Behind A Bad Customer, Be A Good One

, , , , | Right | October 25, 2021

I am a customer in line, standing behind an older lady who just reeks of “Can I speak to your manager?” She is trying to pay with three different gift cards, and the last one is having trouble going through. She then peers at the cashier, her eyes raising above her glasses and looking so smug.

Customer: “You need to clean this machine; it clearly isn’t working. Or is that too much work for you?”

She tries one more time and then decides to pay the rest in cash. She then walks off in a huff. As soon as I get up and pay with my card, it gets accepted immediately.

Me: “My card works just fine. I think her brain was broken, not the machine.”

The cashier just smiled and the customer behind me laughed.

Kindness Leaves Marks That Never Fade

, , , , , | Right | October 22, 2021

When my husband was sixteen, he was involved in a truck/skateboarding accident. Fortunately, he did not suffer any long-term, major damage; however, he still has a wicked scar running across his head and down the back of his neck. As an adult, he is a bit self-conscious about his scar so he keeps his hair long to hide it. He uses hair gel to keep it pulled back.

Unfortunately, he and I have just moved and are in a financial bind. It’s been a long and stressful day and I’ve run to the store to grab some essentials, after having scrimped around for as much change as possible. I’m standing at one of the registers, a long crowd behind me.

The cashier scans my three items: milk, eggs, and hair gel. I quickly pull the crumpled bills and coins out of my pocket and start to count them out. Feeling nervous for taking so long with such a long long line behind me, I eyeball it and hand what I have to the cashier. The cashier counts all of the change.

Cashier: “It’s $1.12 short. ”

I’m embarrassed, tired, and trying not to cry.

Me: “Oh. Um… Well, can we put the hair gel back, then?”

Suddenly, the gentleman behind me pipes up.

Man: “Really? Just a dollar short? Here, let me help you.”

Me: “Oh! Thank you, but that’s not—”

Man: “I insist.”

He hands the cashier a bill and few coins, and the cashier takes them and hands me my receipt. She shakes her head, mumbling.

Cashier: “A dollar. I could’ve done that. You have a nice night.”

By then, I really was in tears, and I thanked the man profusely. He smiled, nodded, and told me to get home safely. Thank you, sir. I’ve never forgotten your kind gesture, and I think of you every time I help others — and when I pick up hair gel for my husband.

Better Than A Grizzly Bear Or Something

, , , , , , | Friendly | September 21, 2021

I’m texting a friend.

Me: “Hey, man, sorry I missed your call. I was running.”

Friend: “Running? From whom?”

Me: “Uh… my winter weight?”

Friend: “Okay, fair enough.”

Attack Of The Math!

, , , , , , , | Working | September 17, 2021

I went through the drive-thru and ordered chicken nuggets. The order total was $4.06. When I got to the payment window, there was a trainee there along with a trainer. I handed the cashier $5.06. Simple math, right? $5.06 – $4.06 = $1? Apparently not.

She opens the calculator app on her phone and calculates… something. I don’t know what. The trainer then stops her and says “let me check” and then TAKES OUT HER PHONE AND CALCULATES THE TOTAL. The trainee then proceeds to open the change drawer and give me $.94 change.

Me: “No, you owe me a dollar. I gave you five dollars and six cents and the order costs four dollars and six cents, so the difference is one dollar.

Trainer: “No, sir, we calculated it correctly. You’re due 96 cents.”

Not the 94 cents they gave me.

Me: “What about the six pennies I gave you?” 

She sighed a big sigh and then gave me a nickel. I never did get through to them that it was wrong and just left because I was in a hurry.