Unfiltered Story #167651

, , , | Unfiltered | September 23, 2019

I’ve just rung up a mother and her young daughter, including tying the bags closed with twist-ties. The daughter doesn’t notice the twist-tie on her bag and quickly becomes upset that she can’t open it.

Daughter: *distraught* “It’s broken! Mommy, it’s broken!”

The mother assured her that the candy wasn’t “broken” as they left, but I’m not sure she believed it…

Too Fast To Shop

, , , , | Right | September 8, 2019

(A customer pays for her items and heads for the door. I realize immediately that she’s left her bagged items at the register.)

Me: “Ma’am, you forgot your items!”

(The store isn’t loud, and the registers are close to the doors, but she doesn’t seem to hear me. She walks at a fast clip through the doors.)

Me: *to people in line* “Excuse me a moment.”

(I grab the plastic shopping bag and jog after the woman. She keeps up her fast clip across the sidewalk and into the parking lot. Other employees are sitting in front of the store on their cigarette breaks.)

Me: “Ma’am! Wait! You’re walking off without your purchase! Excuse me! Lady with the red shirt!”

Coworker: “Ma’am! Ma’am!”

Coworker #2: “Ma’am! You forgot your stuff!”

(She didn’t slow down or look back. She entered a van which was facing the store. I waved, trying to get her attention, but she never once looked up as she focused on turning on the engine and putting the car in reverse. She looked behind her as she backed up, still giving no sign she’d seen or heard us. She was out of the parking lot in seconds, and I was left holding the shopping bag. As far as I know, she never came back for her purchase. I’ve rarely seen anyone move so fast!)

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Brushing Away The Sale

, , , , | Right | August 21, 2019

(I work at an arts and crafts store that’s part of a national chain. I’m a cashier, not a manager or a supervisor. I’m walking through the store when a customer gets my attention.)

Customer: “Excuse me. These brushes are $24.99 this week, when last week they were only $12.49. Why is that?”

Me: “They must have been on sale last week. But it’s a regular sale, so they’ll be back on sale in a few weeks.”

Customer: “When, exactly?”

Me: “I’m not sure. It happens about once a month or so. But they don’t tell us when exactly it’s going to happen, sorry.”

Customer: “That’s a horrible business model.”

(I happened to agree, but all I could give her was a shrug. I don’t know why she thought complaining to a part-time, minimum-wage employee was going to convince the entire corporation to change its business model.)

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Drugs Are Bad, Mmmkay?

, , , , , , | Related | August 2, 2019

(I’m a teenager at a party attended by several families, all friends or acquaintances of my own family. I wander through the house with my best friend, also a teenager, as we talk about random stuff. I mention to her that I had a headache that morning until I took ibuprofen. A little while later, I’m sitting on the living room couch when four of the adults walk into the room together and sit down near me. They seem very solemn, and they’re all looking at me.)

Me: “Um… hi?”

Adult #1: “You know drugs are bad, right?”

Me: *confused* “Yes?”

Adult #1: “You know to stay away from them.”

Me: “Yes? What’s with the intervention?”

Adult #1: “You know you’re not supposed to take them.”

(I’m confused and a little hurt that they think I need a lecture. These people, who I’ve always respected and been friendly to, have never spoken so condescendingly to me before. I’ve known them for years. I’ve never had disciplinary problems or drug problems. I’ve even babysat some of their kids.)

Me: “Yep. Sure do. I mean, I do take [ADD pills] on the days I have classes. But I didn’t take one of those today since it’s Saturday and all. And this morning, I took ibuprofen because I had a headache. And then I stopped. Because the headache went away. And then, I didn’t need to take them anymore. Because I’m not an idiot. I’m also not addicted to drugs. And I don’t plan to be. Ever. I really don’t know why you would think I’d ever do that.”

(The group is silent. They seem to be digesting my words and don’t seem to know where to go next.)

Me: *stands up* “I’m going to go get some food. You guys want anything?”

(They said no, and I escaped to the kitchen. The whole encounter was very strange, but it was never brought up again.)

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Fantasize About Throwing Her Into The Swamp

, , , , , , | Friendly | July 30, 2019

(I’m not a student, but I’m visiting a swamp on campus just to relax and enjoy the scenery. I sit down on a bench and start writing in my notebook. A woman sitting on another bench strikes up a conversation. She’s a PhD student and has come to the lake to take a break from doing research on a project.)

Student: “What do you do for a living?”

Me: “I’m unemployed at the moment, but I’ve been looking for a job in publishing. I’m also a writer and want to get a book published.”

Student: “Oh, that’s nice. Writing’s a great way of influencing the world and reporting on things happening now.”

Me: “Well, actually, I mainly write fantasy fiction. But I do think that stories are a great way of influencing people, even fantasy. That’s one of the reasons I love writing.”

(I’d lost her. Her whole demeanor went sour, and the conversation pretty much died at that point. I was amused more than insulted. I’ve encountered a lot of different opinions about writing, and no one’s opinions ever coincide. But I’ve seen plenty of evidence of how fantasy can impact the real world, so that woman’s negative attitude hasn’t affected my outlook.)

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