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Labeled Themselves As Thieves From The Beginning

, , , , | Right | December 30, 2021

I’m helping a coworker at the reception of the supermarket where we work. Two young customers arrive with a bottle of soft drink from outside the store. We provide labels that can be placed on products to show they were brought in from outside or already purchased.

Customer #1: *To me* “Could I have a label for this bottle to show that I had it when I entered?”

I bend down to get the label.

Customer #2: *To my coworker* “Could I have a label for this bottle?” *Shows the same bottle*

My coworker bends down to get the label while I put the first label on the bottle. My coworker sees that her label is supposed to be for the same (already labeled) bottle and wants to throw away the second label, but [Customer #2] snatches the label from her hands and they head into the store.

I take the walkie-talkie.

Me: “Hello, [Security Guard]? The two young customers who just passed by thought we were idiots. They managed to steal a second label. They’ll probably stick this on a bottle they’re going to steal from the store.”

I describe them.

Security Guard: “I see them on the cameras.”

A little later, I notice the customers choosing to go to the checkout of a deaf-mute coworker. I take the walkie-talkie and let the security guard know.

Security Guard: “I’m going in.”

I join the security guard at the checkout.

Customer #1: “We had these two bottles when we got here.”

Security Guard: “The first one I agree with. As for the second bottle, it would surprising.”

Customer #1: “Why?”

Security Guard: “Because I don’t know many stores that let their customers leave with a bottle of alcohol that still has the anti-theft device on it. And I know the girls at the reception; they would never put a label on a bottle with an anti-theft device.”

The customers reluctantly paid for the bottle and got off with a simple warning.

Leave With A Slap On The Wrist-Band

, , , , | Right | December 30, 2021

I am on a campsite with a swimming pool. For campers, the pool can be included in the price. In this case, the campsite reception will give you a wristband. The pool is also accessible to people from outside the campsite, but they have to pay.

One day, we decide to go to the campsite swimming pool. Before us, there is a couple that we meet coming out of a house outside the campsite.

Man: “But we paid for the pool when we came.”

Pool Employee: “In that case, we would have given you wristbands.”

Man: “But we left them in the mobile home.”

Pool Employee: “The campsite is not that big; you can go and get them.”

Woman: “But it’s the mobile home at the other end. The first one!”

Hearing this, my father interjects:

Father: “Oh, that’s funny! That’s our one!”

The couple pays and goes to the pool. We show our wristbands.

Employee: “Well, that was a coincidence about the mobile home.”

Father: “I was bluffing; we’re in a tent, not a mobile home.”

Scammers Sure Hate Getting Called Out

, , , , , , | Friendly | December 30, 2021

I am part of a social group consisting of former employees from a company I used to work with. We got along well, so we kept in touch, and we will occasionally meet up for lunch or bowling or similar activities.

On this particular occasion, we were eating out, and I was seated next to a guy who I’d never really interacted much with, so we made small talk to get to know each other. I talked about my new job and hobbies, and he shared about his “big business plan”.

In short, it was basically a hybrid of a pyramid scheme and a payday loan program. Get people to sign up, make a pool of money, use that money to help pay people’s debts. The more people you get to sign up, the more money you can call on to pay your debts. He made vague mention of investing the pool and using the interest for payments, but the whole thing just came across as very scummy.

Still, I was trying to be polite and not cause a scene, so I just smiled, nodded, and tried to change the subject. Unfortunately, he kept pressing with his idea and started asking if I could help with making him an app. I tried to decline politely, saying I was busy, but he eventually dropped this gem.

Acquaintance: “You just don’t know what it’s like to be desperate. People need help, and this will provide help quickly!”

I lost control of my mouth a bit.

Me: “The fact that you are taking advantage of them being desperate makes this worse, not better.”

And there went all my effort to keep things civil. He shoved his chair out and loomed up over the table, shouting at me for being “heartless” and “unwilling to help”. Other conversations in the group ground to a halt as they turned to look, the other patrons and employees were staring, and spittle was hitting my face. I was torn between leaving and staying, but at that point, a manager came over and said that [Acquaintance] needed to calm down. He looked like he was about to take a swing at the manager, but he finally flopped back down.

One of the other members of the group came over and offered to swap places with me, which I gratefully accepted. [Acquaintance] spent the rest of the meal glaring at everyone. I felt bad but only because I couldn’t hold my tongue enough to not set off the crazy.

Nothing’s Colder Than An Entitled Customer

, , | Right | December 29, 2021

I work at a restaurant. An older couple comes in. They order just one meal and say they’ll share. I bring the meal out to them. The wife motions me over after a couple of minutes.

Me: “What’s the problem, ma’am?”

Customer: “This entire plate is cold!”

She has fried chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes. I know it’s not cold because I just brought it out. She sticks her finger directly into the mashed potatoes.

Customer: “These are stone cold! I want a new meal!”

I go to take the old plate and she stops me.

Customer: “Oh, no. We’ll keep this one since it’ll be a while before our hot food comes out.”

Me: “Ma’am, I have to take the plate.”

Customer: “I demand to see your manager!”

Surprise, surprise! My manager speaks to her and lets them keep the plate because they’re being a**holes but asks the cooks to make a new one anyway.

I bring out the second meal to the table and they eat. I bring them the bill — for just one meal and their drinks.

Customer: “Why isn’t there a discount? Our food came out cold!”

Me: “Ma’am, you got two meals for the price of one.”

And I walked away.

For the remainder of my time there, they never came back.

Bullet Dodged

, , , , , , , | Working | December 28, 2021

Back in 1989, I had just moved to a new area. I was working at a hotel, and after work, a friend and I would frequent a restaurant between work and home. Over the next few weeks, I ended up flirting with one of the workers back and forth. I was young and naive. Turns out, she was a recent new mother but the father was gone as they were separated.

I worked up the courage to ask her out.

Worker: “Okay, but I can’t commit to a time right now.”

I felt that was understandable. A few days later:

Worker: “I’m off tomorrow night if you’re free.”

Me: “Sure. Where would you like to meet, and when?”

Worker: “Wait until I’m off work.”

That had me waiting in the parking lot until closing. As I waited, they closed. There was another car in the parking lot picking up another coworker, but I thought nothing of it. That’s when the police showed up. The worker walked out with the assistant manager and pointed toward me. The police then came over to me.

Police Officer: “Why are you here?”

Me: “I’m supposed to be picking up [Worker] for a date.”

Police Officer: “Her husband is in that car over there to pick her up.”

A day or two later, I went back there with my friend there and saw her.

Me: “Why didn’t you just tell me you were married?”

She didn’t answer me. As we were eating, the assistant manager came out.

Assistant Manager: “You are harassing [Worker] and you need to leave.”

We did leave, and we didn’t go back to that location again.

Fast forward several months. We had moved, and we went to a different location of the same fast food chain. The new manager there was the assistant manager that had kicked us out at the other location. He was all apologetic, offered us some free food, and explained:

Assistant Manager: “She played that same game with a few other guys, it turns out. She was eventually fired for it.”

I am guessing she wanted to get her husband jealous to get attention or something. It was a learning experience for me, and I became a bit more untrusting of people’s motives after that.