Just Another Crappy Day At Work

| Golden, CO, USA | Right | March 17, 2015

(I work in the bakery, and a customer came in with a ‘unique’ request for a birthday cake order.)

Customer: “…so I need this cake to resemble a big dog turd. Can you guys do that?”

Me: “Don’t worry, sir; our decorator will make sure your cake looks like crap!”

Need To Take A Seat Due To The Audacity

| Bear, DE, USA | Right | March 16, 2015

(I’m shopping at the local grocer’s and standing in line, waiting to pay for my items. There is a woman in front in me unloading her items onto the belt. She finishes unloading and I notice that there is still one item in the seat part of her shopping cart.)

Me: “Ma’am,’ I think you missed an item.”

Woman: *glances at it* “I haven’t decided if I’m going to buy that or not.”

(The cashier rang up her items.  She paid, moved the loaded bags into her cart, and walked away without paying for the item in her cart seat. I guess she decided not to buy it after all; she stole it instead!)

Doesn’t Have It In The Bag

| North Vancouver, BC, USA | Right | March 15, 2015

(I’m working as a cashier at a popular grocery store. A woman comes in my line with a shopping cart full of typical grocery items.)

Me: “Hi, there. How are you doing today?”

Customer: “I’m okay. I forgot my (reusable) bags at my house, though.”

Me: “That’s okay; it happens to us all.”

(The first thing on the belt is three 4-litre jugs of milk.)

Me: “Do you want bags for the milk?”

Customer: “Yes, please. And could you double bag it?”

(Next are a few things of meat products.)

Me: “Did you want the meat all in one bag?”

Customer: “No. I need the bacon in its own bag. And could you also separate the meat and seafood?”

Me: “Sure.”

(This keeps going throughout the transaction, wanting bread in one bag, the produce broken up into numerous bags, cleaning products in smaller bags before being put into bigger bags, and most of these being double bagged. At the end, there is a bag of chips left on the belt.)

Me: “Did you want this in its own bag?”

Customer: “Oh, no, thanks. I’m trying to cut down on the number of plastic bags.”

(I ended up using more bags than she had groceries.)

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That’s No Way To Talk To A Customer

| CA, USA | Right | March 12, 2015

(I’m the customer in this story. I’m checking out at a grocery store and the cashier has a sign out that reads ‘I’ve lost my voice. Please work with me.’)

Cashier: *nods at me by way of greeting; points to the sign*

Me: *nods and give thumbs up to indicate that I saw it*

Cashier: *scans a bottle of wine; pantomimes opening his wallet*

Me: *wordlessly show him my ID*

Cashier: *holds up a bag; raises eyebrow to ask if I want one*

Me: *nods; hold up one finger*

Me: *out loud* “Oh… I guess I can still talk, huh?”

Cashier: *smiles and writes me a quick note on a scrap of paper*

Note: “Don’t feel bad. You’re at least the 10th person today.”

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Needs To Drop Their Baggage

| Santa Clara, CA, USA | Working | March 10, 2015

(My county has outlawed plastic bags; and now you must bring a reusable bag or pay a small fee for paper bags. On this day, I’m buying a case of beer and a case of soda.)

Cashier: “Is that all?” *scans, pauses, and then grabs two paper bags*

Me: “Wait. I don’t need bags, and these boxes wouldn’t fit anyway.”

Cashier: “If you don’t bring a bag, we gotta charge you for paper.”

Me: “But I don’t need bags… These are already packaged, and they’re going right in my truck.”

Cashier: “Hey, it’s the law! No bag, we charge you for paper!”

(At that point, another cashier came over and they have a brief, hushed, conversation. Angrily, the cashier finished the transaction. As I left, I could still hear her saying ‘he’s supposed to bring bags…’)

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