Wilhelmina Wonka & The Chocolate Bakery

| Florida, USA | Food & Drink

(I am behind the bakery counter and a woman goes to the bread wall and picks up a loaf of clearly marked “Whole Wheat Italian 5 Grain” bread that happens to be covered in seeds.)

Customer: *brings loaf to me* “Is this chocolate bread?”

Me: “Um, excuse me?”

Customer: “Is this chocolate bread? It’s a dark brown color like chocolate.”

Me: “It’s ‘Whole Wheat Italian 5 Grain’ bread. It’s labeled right here.” *shows her the label*

Customer: “Okay, as long as it’s not chocolate bread. My husband is on a diet and cannot have chocolate!”

Sweet, Sour, Salty, And Swirl

| Coconut Creek, FL, USA | Food & Drink

(I work at the cake section of our store. A customer is asking me what some of the cake labels mean. Then, we get to the marble cake.)

Customer: “What does ‘marble cake’ mean?”

Me: “It’s vanilla cake with chocolate cake swirled into it.”

Customer: “Does it taste different?”

Me: “No, it’s just vanilla and chocolate”

Customer: “But it’s swirled. Don’t the swirls taste different?”

Some Things Just Don’t Add Up, Part 5

| Omaha, NE, USA | Money

(I work at grocery store that happens to be running a sale on milk. I overhear another customer arguing with his spouse.)

Man: “Okay. We need a gallon of milk.”

(He reaches for the gallon jugs that are priced at $3.59.)

Woman: “Honey, the half gallons are on sale. They’re 10 for $10.00.”

Man: “That makes no sense.”

Woman: “Just grab two half gallons.”

Man: “But that’s more expensive.”

Woman: “No, they’re 10 for $10, while a gallon is $3.59. We don’t have to buy ten for the discount.”

Man: “That’s ridiculous.”

Me: “Look at it this way: You can buy a one gallon jug of milk for $3.59 or two half-gallon jugs for $2.00. It still equals one gallon.”

Man: *confused*

(The woman and I just exchange glances and shake our heads.)

Related:
Some Things Just Don’t Add Up, Part 4
Some Things Just Don’t Add Up, Part 3
Some Things Just Don’t Add Up, Part 2
Some Things Just Don’t Add Up

Can Never Have Too Much Can

| Los Angeles, CA, USA | At The Checkout

Customer: “Why would you do this? You’re an awful person. Why would you think this is acceptable?”

Me: “What’s the problem, ma’am?”

Customer: “You put seven cans in the same bag! Why would you do that? It’ll be too heavy!”

Me: “Ma’am, there are only three cans in there, but I can take some out if you would like.”

Customer: “No! You’ve already ruined my day! Why would you ever do this to me?” *storms off*

Sweetness Is Infectious

, | Illinois, USA | Food & Drink, Health & Body

(Our store has a coffee bar that sells pastry items that are made in house and is usually staffed by a barista. The bakery is located directly behind the coffee bar. I am working in the bakery. I hear a strange noise behind me and turn around to find an elderly gentleman standing at the coffee bar jingling his keys to get my attention.)

Me: “Yes, sir? May I help you?”

Customer: “What is the difference between these and these?” *points at cupcakes and muffins* “Why is one more expensive than the other?”

Me: “Those are muffins and those are cupcakes. Cupcakes have more expensive ingredients and take more time to make; that’s why they cost more.”

Customer: “But what’s the difference between a muffin and cupcake?”

Me: “Cupcakes have icing and are generally sweeter.”

Customer: “Why do they all have icing on them? Don’t you know there’s a diabetes epidemic! Sugar is dangerous!”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir. I don’t make the cupcakes; I’m one of the bread bakers. If you have questions, the pastry bakers are here in the afternoon.”

Customer: “Why is there sugar in everything!? Don’t you know that sugar is bad for you?!”

Me: “I don’t make the pastry items, sir. The pastry bakers are here in the afternoon if you’d like to call and ask questions.”

Customer: “Diabetes is everywhere! You shouldn’t put icing on everything! It’s dangerous!” *walks away*

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