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Sadly, Their Brain Is Just Syrup

, , , , , , | Right | April 27, 2022

I’m a barista at an independent café. A customer that I recognize comes in; she always orders the same drink.

Me: “Hello! Are you getting your blended mocha with soy milk?”

Customer: “Yes, and this time, I’d like to try it with peppermint syrup, as well.”

Me: “Sure thing! That will be $5.25.”

Customer: “What? My drink is always $4.75!”

Me: “Yes, but this time you are adding an additional flavor, which costs $0.50 extra.”

Customer: “But I always get the same drink!”

Me: “Yes, your usual blended mocha with soy milk is $4.75, but you ordered it with peppermint, which is a $0.50 upcharge, for a total of $5.25.”

She paid with a huff and sat down to wait, occasionally looking up to glare at me. She began to type furiously on her phone.

Sure enough, when I checked our reviews after my shift, she had given us two stars. Her review said, “Their coffee is great! It is frustrating when you come in and get the same drink often but the prices change every time you come in. Makes me not want to come in anymore knowing I could pay more or less depending on how they ring it up that day.”


You Can’t Help Every Person A Few Slices Short Of A Full Pie

, , , , , , | Right | April 23, 2022

I work at a deli/bakery attached to a restaurant. We hand-make all of our bakery items on-site every day. It’s all very fresh and high-quality. As a result, it’s a bit expensive. Most people come to the counter after eating in the restaurant, but there is the option to come straight to the counter.

A man comes in. It’s immediately obvious he’s homeless. He’s also disabled and I’m guessing he has Tourette’s based on the loud noises he keeps making. No one else wants to serve him. I come around the counter to take his order.

He wants a pecan pie and water. I order his water and write out a ticket for a pecan pie.

I hand him the ticket.

Customer: “How much is it?”

Me: “It’s $16.95.”

It’s a full-sized pecan pie like anyone would serve a whole family.

Customer: *Suddenly angry* “No, no give me something I can buy for five dollars.”

Again, we’re high-quality and a bit pricey. There are a few things in my case for under five, and as I start to think through what I could offer him, he shoves angrily back, running into other guests.

Customer: *Very aggressively runs into another woman* “Move! Out of my way!”

He reaches the glass door and rams his chair into it to force it open. He hits so hard that I worry the glass is going to break.


I feel bad for him and most homeless people. I’ve been homeless. I was willing to do what I could, but this was insane. I wish I could have helped him.

You Have To Read ALL The Words On The Sign

, , , , | Right | April 23, 2022

The store I work in has a paid membership option that gave members discounts on various items. There are signs everywhere saying, “Members get 10-20% off every day on regular-priced items,” to encourage people to join.

One day, a woman finds an item in the clearance section that’s been marked down from $26 to $5. She brings it to the register to pay.

Customer: “I signed up for a membership. I want the extra percentage off!”

Me: “Ma’am, the membership discount is for regular-priced items only.”

Of course, this sign is also posted in the clearance section because it’s EVERYWHERE in the store.

Customer: “This is false advertising! The sign in the clearance section said ten to twenty percent off for members!”

Eventually, even with the store manager arguing it, the customer finally got the discount as a “one-time exception” just to shut her up. Immediately, the signs were taken out of the clearance section.

Your Tip Makes No Cents

, , , , | Right | April 23, 2022

I was delivering for a local pizza store.

Customer: “I used to deliver for [Other Pizza Store] in [Other City], and I know how important tips are to drivers. You should work hard, and it will all be worth it at the end of the day.”

She proceeded to tip me eleven cents.

You Have To Save Money To Make Money, I Guess

, , | Right | April 22, 2022

We had a sweet elderly lady who came in and always looked for marked-down food and bought the cheapest brands we had. She took the bad-looking bananas and asked that we give her a discount. When I had filled a cart full of bread marked down 50%, she thanked me like I had done her a personal favour and bought almost the entire cart. One time, we were discussing apples.

Me: “This is my favorite kind.”

Lady: “Wonderful! I’ll take one!” *Proudly* “My husband and I will feast on this!”

She was a millionaire.