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Was ‘Meer’ly Asking

| Halifax, NS, Canada | At The Checkout, Funny Names

(I’m in an aisle returning items to the shelf when a customer notices my name tag, which says ‘Mir,’ and asks me about it.)

Customer: “Oh, that’s a different name. How do you pronounce it?”

Me: “Meer.”

Customer: *in a knowing tone* “And is that Middle-European?”

Me: “No…”

Customer: *confused and questioning look*

Me: “…it’s just short for Miranda.”

Customer: “That’s horrible! You tricked me! Here I thought I was being all clever, knowing where it comes from, and you tricked me!”

Me: *slightly stunned at her outburst* “I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to…”

(I have people ask about my name multiple times a day, but I’ve never had anyone else get mad at me for ‘tricking’ them when my answers weren’t what they expected!)

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Macamoron

| Boston, MA, USA | Food & Drink, Funny Names, Popular

(I’m giving away samples of macarons, a French cookie. Many customers have been calling them “macaroons,” so I have a coworker bring me a box of those so I could show the products side by side and politely explain the differences. A lady approaches my counter.)

Lady: “Oh, macaroons!”

Me: “Actually, these are macarons, a Fr-”

Lady: *suddenly irate and smug* “WELL, IN AMERICA, IT’S PRONOUNCED ‘MACAROONS.’”

Me: *smiles politely and holds up both boxes* “Actually, these are macarons, and they’re completely different from macaroons. We happen to sell both right here.”

Lady: *looks extremely pissed and walks off without trying the product while I beam for a solid ten minutes*

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Unfair Welfare

, | PA, USA | Extra Stupid, Money

Me: “…and your total is $[total].”

Customer: *holds up her SNAP (food stamps) card* “I’m paying with this. Can I get cash back on it?”

Me: “We only do cash back on Discover cards. Sorry, ma’am.”

Customer: “Why?! Everyone just wants to take, take, take my money! Take, take, take! No one is ever willing to give anything!”

(I was so stunned I couldn’t even manage to make a comment on the irony of her comment while holding a SNAP card.)