Some Requests Just Take The Cake

| Champaign, IL, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink, Theme Of The Month

(I take a request on a phone call.)

Me: “We can only make small round, large round, and small rectangle cakes, sir. We cannot make large rectangles.”

Caller: “Okay, so is it possible for me to have a cake made by Sunday? Mother’s day?”

Me: “We can have any cake ready for you by Mother’s day. Yes, sir!”

Caller: “Any cake? I thought you just said that you can’t make large rectangles cakes.”

Me: “We can’t, like I just said, sir.”

Customer: “So, let me get this straight. You can make ANY cake except the large rectangle?”

Me: *face-palm*

A Pleasing Surprise

| Wildwood, NJ, USA | Language & Words

(I am the customer in this story. I am on a camping trip at a boardwalk. I approach an ice cream stand.)

Me: “Hi! Could I please have a cone of mint ice cream?”

Cashier: “Sure— Wait. Did you say please?”

Me: “Um. Yes?”

Cashier: “Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else say please!”

(The cashier turns to a coworker.)

Cashier: “Hey, [Coworker]. Have you?”

Coworker: “I don’t think so. Maybe only kids.”

Cashier: “Thanks! Here’s your ice cream! Have a good day!”

Me: “Thank you! You, too!”

A Decent Slice Of Nice

| Perth, WA, Australia | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Food & Drink

(It’s about 9:50 pm, 10 minutes until we close and a group a customers have just walked in. As I’m serving one of them we start chatting.)

Customer #1: “Sorry for coming in so late. You guys are about to close, right?”

Me: “In a few minutes, yeah. But it’s fine. We don’t mind.”

Customer #2: “Have you guys had dinner?”

Me: “Not yet, our shift started at 5 and we don’t get a break.”

(The two customers look at each other, and then one thrusts a takeaway pizza box at me.)

Customer #1: “Here have this.”

Me: “Oh no, it’s fine. We really can’t.”

Customer #1: “No, take it. We won’t be able to eat it all anyway. You guys should get dinner.”

(They all pay and go, leaving my coworker and me with a free dinner! Customers like these ones make my job bearable!)