Piercing Observation, Part 2

| Tampa, FL, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Popular

(It is my first month of working as a cashier for a high-end grocery store and I am getting a lot of Jesus-pamphlets and comments about my piercings (my employers encourage them; they are fine by policy). One day it is especially busy and I am still a little slow at scanning / typing codes for fruits and veggies… An older male customer in his mid-50s with a young woman and a baby come through my lane. The older man says something turning to the younger woman, and all I hear is “…all that s*** on her face.”)

Me: “Excuse me, sir? Is there a problem?”

Customer: “Oh, I just think you’d look better without all that crap on your face.”

Me: “I’m sorry you feel that way. I like it and I look good with it.”

Customer: “Well, have ya looked in the mirror lately?”

Me: “Yes, every day, and I like what I see.”

Customer: “You should get your eyes checked!”

Me: “I did about three months ago, sir. My vision hasn’t changed in over three years.”

(The customer got seemingly flustered at my confidence and as I handed him his receipt looking him straight in the eyes, I think he realized how rude he was and laughed it off with an Elvis impersonation (?!).)

Piercing Observation


When You’re High On Coke

| North Bethesda, MD, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink, Popular

(We have run out of Diet Coke. A woman comes in.)


Me: “I’m sorry, we’ve ran out today. We’ll have more tomorrow—”


Me: “We have our own brand diet cola; it tastes more or less the same? I can—”

Woman: *grabs a bottle of non-diet Coca-Cola* “I’LL HAVE TO HAVE THIS! AND IT’S YOUR FAULT WHEN I PUT ON WEIGHT THROUGH ALL THE CALORIES IN THIS!” *heads to till*

Me: “Umm…”


The Customer Is Fruit Loops

| TX, USA | Bizarre, Food & Drink, Religion

Me: “Hi, would you like to try a free sample of Lucky Charms?”

Customer: “I don’t believe in luck! Luck is of the devil, you know! Luck is of the devil!”

Me: “…I also have Cocoa Puffs?”

Unable To Please You

| Lancashire, England, UK | At The Checkout, Bizarre, Language & Words

(I am a cashier. Two customers approach the counter; one of them has an item of fruit.)

Customer #1: “Is this [price #1]?”

Me: “No, sir, it’s [price #2].”

Customer #2: *in a stern tone* “Please.”

Me: “…sorry?”

Customer #1: “So you should be. You say please when you tell me the price.”

Me: “It’s [price #2]… please?”

Customer #2: “That’s better.” *to Customer #1* “Don’t they teach people manners these days?”

(They put down the fruit and walk off.)

Me: “But… I… I was answering a question.”

What Came First: The Chicken Or The Crazy?

| Manila, Philippines | Bad Behavior, Bizarre, Food & Drink

(I am by the fresh poultry section waiting for my chicken to be cut by the butcher. There are other people lined up before me so I patiently wait as the line is short, anyway. A lady in her late 50s stretches her hand across me and tries to grab a couple of bags from the cold tray. I slowly back my cart away so she can have room and have ease to get what she wants.)

Lady: “Thank you! I could not get around this line!” *groans* “I’ll just cut these myself instead at home to save time!”

Me: *smiles*

(She then walks away. She comes back after I got my produce and starts another small talk.)

Lady: “Hey, look, these section here has a promo from [Brand]! You can get a FREE kg of chicken if you buy four! How cool is that? And these look so much better than what you got. Yours look a day old. It does not look fresh anymore. You might get a disease out of that.”

Me: *tries to be very polite* “Sorry, but I only need a couple. Also, I’m very certain that what they sell here are fresh everyday.”

Lady: *rudely takes the bags out of my cart and puts the chicken from the promo section* “Here… take these five bags and I’ll pay you half the price when the transaction is done. You can take three bags and I will get two. Totally worth it, right? You definitely saved some money!”

Me: “Can’t you just mind your own business? I told you, I don’t need that much! If you’re in great need of a discount, go buy in the public market!”

(While saying this, I return the items back and get mine.)

Lady: “But I hate the smell there!”

Me: “Not my problem! Ciao!”

Lady: “You better not turn your back from me while I’m talking to you! You need to take these!”

(Security approaches her.)

Security: “Madam, kindly put them down and come with me.”

Lady: “No! I will stay here until I convince this young woman!”

Security: *to me* “Young lady, you can go now. On behalf of the management, I apologize for the inconvenience.” *turns to the woman* “Please, come with me.”

Lady: “No, I’m not going with you!”

(I left the area as soon as the security said, with a smile on my face. When I looked back, the butcher was trying to contain his laughter while security talked with the lady. I paused and tried to watch from the distance. The security left the lady alone and she started to disorganize the fruits & vegetables display.)

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