Doesn’t Understand The ‘Grand’ Part Of The Canyon

| Grand Canyon, AZ, USA | Right | April 22, 2016

(I’m working the afternoon shift at a gift shop register at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.)

Customer: “So, we’ve got dinner reservations for Phantom Ranch and rooms at El Tovar. What’s the best route to get there?”

Me: “…”

(For those not familiar with the area, El Tovar is on the South Rim, a five-hour drive from the North Rim, and Phantom Ranch is at the bottom of the canyon. The only route that reaches both of them is a two-day hike across the canyon.)

Has Been PINked

| NC, USA | Right | March 23, 2016

(I am ringing up some souvenirs for a visitor.)

Me: “All right, your total is [amount].”

(Customer hands me a card. I swipe it.)

Me: “Is this credit or debit?”

Customer: “Debit.”

Me: “If you could just enter your PIN on the pad here…”

(The customer looks at a tattoo of four numbers on his arm, and then enters his PIN.)

Me: “Umm… excuse me, sir, do you have your PIN tattooed on your arm?”

Customer: “Well, how else am I supposed to remember it?”

The Sun Never Sets On Ignorance

| CO, USA | Right | August 5, 2015

(Several highways intersect at our small town. It is morning. People tend to get turned around easily.)

Customer: “Does the sun always rise in the north here?”

Me: “…”

A Reese’s Peace Offering

| MO, USA | Friendly | June 23, 2015

(I am heading home after a really long and tiring day for a choir competition. I haven’t eaten at all for the entire time, so I decide to stop by at a gift shop on the way home. I pick up a large pack of chips and a Reese’s peanut butter cups. I go through my purse and I realize that I don’t have enough, so I put the Reese’s back and wait patiently in line. There is a guy standing in front of me around my age that we are competing against.)

Guy: “You can ask her how much the candy is now.”

(Note: I had tried asking the cashier earlier but she was busy.)

Me: “Oh, I put it back… I didn’t have enough for it.”

Guy: “Oh, okay.”

(He waits for a couple seconds before turning to me again.)

Guy: “Hey, can you hand me a Reese’s please? I want to buy one. ”

(I hand him the Reese’s, not thinking anything of it as he rings it up and pays for it. But after he pays for it, he turns back around to me and hands me the candy.)

Guy: “Here, I don’t like Reese’s anyway.”

Me: *completely awestruck* “Thank you.”

Guy: “You’re welcome.”

(He turns and leaves the store, leaving me completely dumbfounded for his kindness. I pay for my bag of chips and head out again. It made my whole day even better than it was. Thank you, who ever you were. I hope to see you again in the next competition to repay you.)

Time To Cash Out Early

| LA, USA | Working | May 3, 2015

(I am new to town and trying to find one or more part-time jobs, just to pay the bills while I look for something I actually want to do long-term. I call a small gift shop and ask if they’re hiring and the manager says he can interview me that afternoon. I’m hopeful that they need someone so quickly, so I go in to interview. The manager tells me he wants to hire me after hearing of my previous job experience and is willing to give me full-time hours at a great salary. Everything seems great until I start asking some more detailed questions.)

Me: “And how often would I get paid?”

Manager: “Every week or so.”

Me: “Okay, and do you issue paper W-2’s at the end of the year or do I download it from the company site?”

Manager: *gets visibly unsure* “Well… I don’t really do those.”

Me: *shocked* “What do you mean? How do I report my income for taxes?”

Manager: “I’m sure you could… if you wanted to. Probably look up how to report them yourself.”

Me: “You mean you don’t report company taxes?”

Manager: “No. I just pay everyone cash.”

(Needless to say, I did not take that job. I didn’t report him to the IRS, but I have always wondered if I should have. He was getting away with paying no employee benefits or business taxes!)

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