Sexist In More Than Spirit

| Chicago, IL, USA | Bigotry, Food & Drink

(I’m the only girl under 40 who works at my location of a chain liquor store. I happen to be well-educated in many types of liquor including most varieties of whiskey. This is a typical interaction I have every day.)

Me: *to customer in the scotch aisle* “Can I help you find anything today, sir?”

Customer: “I’m fine, little lady.”

Me: “All right. Let me know if you have any questions!”

Customer: “Sure thing.”

(Two minutes later:)

Customer: *to male coworker* “Can you suggest a good single malt scotch?”

(Good to see sexism is still alive and well in the liquor industry.)

Presented With A Minor Problem

| Wellington, New Zealand | Criminal & Illegal, Food & Drink, Underaged

(A woman walks up to the counter with two twelve-packs of Vodka Cruiser RTDs, one light orange (passion fruit flavour) and the other darker (exotic fruits flavour).)

Me: “Hi there, just those for today?”

Customer: “I actually only want one of them; my friend told me to get the orange Vodka Cruiser, but these are both orange. If it’s the wrong flavour can I come back and swap it for the other one?”

Me: “I’m sorry but our return and exchange policy only covers faulty products.”

Customer: “But she’s, like, only just outside. Can I buy this one and if it’s the wrong one come straight back in and swap it for the other one?”

Me: “No, our exchange policy does not cover that. If your friend is just outside, she can come in and decide on the flavour herself.”

Customer: “Well, she’s 15, so she can’t buy booze.”

Me: “Is she your daughter?”

Customer: “No! Do I look old enough to have a 15-year-old daughter?”

Me: “If that is the case, I cannot sell you any alcohol.”

Customer: “Why not?! I’m 25. See, here is my I.D.”

Me: “You have just told me you will be supplying the alcohol to a minor. I cannot sell you any alcohol.”

Customer: “Well, can I buy this for myself, then?”

Me: “No, because I know you will be supplying it to a minor.”

Customer: “Don’t be such a b****; I’m allowed to buy booze!”

Me: “Not for minors you aren’t. I cannot sell you any alcohol, and I must ask you to leave.”

(Customer walked out of store yelling abuse and profanity.)

Checkout This Scam

| TX, USA | At The Checkout, Liars & Scammers, Money, Non-Dialogue

A man buys a pack of cigarettes with a $50 bill. As I count his change back to him, he asks what he’d paid with, and I tell him it was a $50. He asks to buy it back, and counts out $49 in smaller bills and lays out 99 cents on the counter. I hand him the $50 for the $49 while he fishes for the last coin he needs. He comes up with a $1, which he gives me, along with the $50 and asks for a $100 instead.

We don’t have any $100s, nor other $50s. While I’m trying to figure out how to give him his money back, the fact that this is a scam occurs to me. I tell him, politely, that $50 of the money in my hands is mine, and he can either have the $50 bill or the small bills. He chooses the small bills. He then asks if he can buy the $50 back, and I let him.

Surprise, surprise, he tries the scam again, but this time I’m watching to see how it works, what he’s doing, and what I need to watch for in the future. Once he hands me the $50 back to ask for $100 again, I tell him he’s scamming me and is no longer welcome in the store. He grumbles a bit as he gathers up the change, but goes.

The next morning I come up $50 long. Apparently when I was kicking him out I forgot to give him his $50 back. So, to recap, I learned how to spot this kind of thing AND he ended up losing $50 on the deal. And if he hadn’t been greedy, and done the same kind of thing using a $10 to get $20, I wouldn’t have had the momentary confusion and he might have gotten away with it.

No ID, No Idea, Part 25

| Lethbridge, AB, Canada | At The Checkout, Food & Drink, Popular, Underaged

(A customer in and picks out a bottle of vodka that is currently being advertised in our flyer.)

Me: “Hi! Could I please see your ID?”

Customer: “I only have a photo of it. Is that okay?”

(He holds out his phone to show me.)

Me: “No.”

Customer: “Are you sure?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “Are you reeeally sure?”

(I hand him a flyer.)

Me: “Well, I can give you a photo of your liquor. Is that okay?”

Customer: *glares at me and leaves*

Related:
No ID, No Idea, Part 24
No ID, No Idea, Part 23
No ID, No Idea, Part 22

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No ID, No Idea, Part 24

| Canada | At The Checkout, Criminal & Illegal, Popular, Underaged

(It’s the law that you need to have your ID to be in the liquor store, except for children with parents. A group of young gentlemen come in. Several choose items and carry them to the front. Once everything is on the counter, one of the men steps forward to pay.)

Me: “Hi, guys! I need to see everyone’s ID, please!”

Customer #1: “Why? How old do you think I look?”

Me: “Well, you look like you’re under 25, so I’ll need to see that ID, please. Same goes for everyone else.”

Customer #1: “But I’m the only one buying something. This is all for me.”

Me: “That’s great, but I can’t know for sure that they’re not going to have some since you all carried it to the front. It’s the law that I need to ID everyone. Plus I still haven’t seen your ID.”

(At this point there’s a line of several people forming.)

Customer #1: “Yeah, but I’m the only one buying it.”

Me: “Last chance. I need to see everyone’s ID, please.”

Customer #1: “How old do you think I am? Really.”

Me: “Not old enough to buy liquor. Since you won’t show me your ID, you’re now loitering on the premises. You need to leave the store now.”

Customer #1: “Wait! I’ll show you my ID.”

Customer #2: “I have mine as well!”

Me: “You’ve wasted enough of my time. There are seven people behind you waiting to pay, many of whom have their IDs out and ready. Your other buddies still don’t have their IDs out. I’ve explained to you that I’m required by law to see them, and given you multiple chances to show me. I’ve had enough. Get out.”

Customer #1: “You’re going to lose valuable customers! They’ll fire you!”

Me: “They’re not going to fire me. I’m complying with the law and thereby with store policy. My manager just went outside to write down your license plate number and will be calling the police once she has it. She’s got my back. You need to leave now. Go find another liquor store, and don’t pull this crap with them if you want your beer.”

(A couple of the guys checked outside and saw the manager walking towards their vehicle. They booked it out, and I haven’t seen them since.)

Related:
No ID, No Idea, Part 23
No ID, No Idea, Part 22
No ID, No Idea, Part 21

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