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Can’t Be Saved From Daylight Saving

| USA | Time

(It is the day after Daylight Saving. I am sweeping the lobby when an older gentleman, probably in his fifties, walks up to me looking irritated.)

Me: “Can I help you, sir?”

Customer: “Yes! There is something wrong with theater nine!”

Me: “What seems to be the problem?”

Customer: “The wrong movie is playing! Some d*** animated movie is playing!”

Me: *confused as the movie in question IS supposed to be playing in that theater* “Yes, [Kids’ Movie] is scheduled to play in there right now.”

Customer: “But I wanted to see [Movie]! Not [Kids’ Movie]! The stupid girl at the counter told me the wrong theater!”

Me: “Well, sir, she is new, so that may have happened. I’m not sure which movies are playing where but if you’d like to follow me, I can point you to the correct theater.”

Customer: *mumbles about incompetent employees but follows me back to the ticket counter*

Me: “Oh, all right! It looks like that was the correct theater. [Movie] just does not play in there until 4:25.”

Customer: “Are you f****** stupid? My movie should have ALREADY started!”

Me: “Uh… It is only 3:30.” *I point to the clock on the wall, beneath the movie times* “There is still another hour before your movie starts.”

Customer: “IT IS 4:30 RIGHT NOW!”

(He rolls up his sleeve and shoves his watch in my face. It does say 4:30, but it is starting to dawn on me what happened here.)

Me: “Did you happen to change your watch back an hour for Daylight Saving Time last night, sir?”

Customer: “What?”

Me: “At midnight the clocks went back an hour. It’s 3:30 right now.”

Customer: *his face flushes red* “B… but… well, no one told me I had to do that!”

Me: “I’m very sorry, sir. You may sit in our lobby until your movie starts, or I can refund your ticket if you’d like.”

Customer: “I, uh… I will take a refund.”

Me: *I process the transaction and go to hand his money back to him* “Enjoy the rest of your—”

Customer: “Aren’t you going to give a free pass or a coupon, too?”

Me: “I don’t believe so. We typically only give out free passes if a movie breaks down.”

Customer: “But I drove all the way down here and I don’t even get to see my movie!”

Me: “So, you’d like a free pass because you drove down here too early due to you forgetting to change your clocks, even though I fully refunded the ticket?”

Customer: “That is right.”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir. I can not do that. Have a nice afternoon!”

Customer: *glares at me and takes his money, walking away and still grumbling about horrible service*

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A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action, Please

| NM, USA | Movies & TV

(It’s a somewhat busy night at the theater, and we’re doing a pretty good job at keeping a good pace for low customer wait times. We get some sticklers who ask us what’s showing and slow the entire process down.)

Customer: “What’s on around this time?”

Me: “Hmm, well we have a lot of films right now. Is there anything you want in particular? Comedy, action, romance?”

Customer: “Uh, what’s on right now?”

Me: “Ma’am, I’d be happy to help. Is there anything specific you’re in the mood for?”

Customer: “How about you tell me what’s playing now.”

(I continue to tell her every show we have playing, which at the time is roughly 14.)

Customer: “Why’d you have to waste our time? We only wanted to see an action movie.”

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Thankful To Be Rid Of You

| Long Island, NY, USA | Holidays

(I’m working box office at a movie theater on Thanksgiving Day. My shift starts right around noon, and goes until around eleven at night, meaning I miss most of the holiday. I’m sad about this, as I’m a huge holiday person, but I’m trying to put on a cheery face for the customers. Two older women come up to my register, both smiling and still well-dressed from Thanksgiving dinner.)

Me: “Good afternoon! What can I do for you both today?”

Customer: “We’re just so excited to be here; we just had the best Thanksgiving dinner!”

Me: “That’s great!”

Customer: “Are you all excited to have dinner with your family?”

Me: *trying my best to keep my tone happy and light* “Well, unfortunately, I won’t be able to, but I’m looking forward to the leftovers; those are the best parts anyway!”

(Suddenly, both women lose their friendly manner and stare at me with heavy frowns, eyeing me as if I’ve just spit on an American flag.)

Customer: “You mean you aren’t having Thanksgiving dinner?”

Me: “Well, not at the same time as my family.”

Customer: “Well, why not? Don’t you like Thanksgiving?”

Me: “I love Thanksgiving, but my family always has dinner at two, and I’ve been at work since noon.”

Customer: “Don’t you have a Thanksgiving dinner to go later today?”

Me: *still trying to smile and ignore their frowns and angry tones* “Well, my boyfriend’s family does eat around six, but I’m working here until eleven, so I’m afraid I’ll miss that, too.”

Customer: “That’s unbelievable! You must not like Thanksgiving at all! How awful!”

Me: “I promise you, I do not dislike Thanksgiving. I simply have to work.”

Customer: “You just must hate Thanksgiving! I cannot imagine hating Thanksgiving!”

Me: “Again, I do not dislike Thanksgiving. We all have to work holidays here, that’s all.”

Customer: “But… why?”

Me: “…because people come to see–” *I don’t answer her for a moment, but it’s clear she sincerely doesn’t understand why, so I try to speak with the least accusing tone possible* “–movies on holidays, and someone has to sell them their tickets?”

Customer: *huffing and shaking her head* “I just cannot believe that someone could dislike Thanksgiving. Imagine, not eating with your family. We’ll take two tickets to [Movie], by the way.”

(I swipe her card and print their tickets, now trying not to cry; I was truly heartbroken to be working on one of my favorite days, but I had no choice.)

Me: “Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your movie.”

Customer: *shaking her head at her friend as they walk away* “Can you imagine, hating Thanksgiving that much?”

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Multiple Email Fails

| PA, USA | Bad Behavior, Technology

(Excerpts from two near back-to-back instances where I’m signing up a customer for our rewards card, which requires an email address and then their first and last names.)

Me: “Can I get an email address for your card?”

Customer #1: *tells me an email address that includes a first and last name*

Me: “Thanks. First name?”

Customer #1: “What are you, an idiot or something? It’s right there in my email address!”

(Cut to about ten minutes later.)

Me: “Can I get an email address for your card?”

Customer #2: *tells me an email address that features a first and last name*

Me: “Thank you. Is your first name [First Name from email address]?”

Customer #2: *scoffs* “No, what do you think I am, an idiot or something?! Nobody uses their real name in an email address, you moron.”

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Screening The Customers

| Portsmouth, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Movies & TV, Wild & Unruly

Me: “That’s two adults for [Movie] at 15:50; you’ll be in screen 12.”

Customer: “No, that’s wrong.”

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry. Did you want a later showing?”

Customer: “No, screen 12. You don’t have a screen 12.”

Me: “Um, yes, we do. We have 14 screens.”

Customer: “No, you’re lying to me and sending me to the wrong screen. You don’t have a screen 12. You only have 3 screens.”

Me: “No, we have 14.”

Customer: “Then why does that say screens 1-3 on it?”

(The customer points to a large sign on the opposite side of the foyer that indicates where screens 1-3 are.)

Customer: “Huh, huh, so, fix this now, and do your f****** job correctly.”

Me: “Screen 12 is on the other side of the foyer.”

(We are at the ice cream counter which obscures the view of the sign indicating screens 4-14.)

Customer: *leans over the small counter and right into my face* “There is no f****** screen 12. Fix it, you stupid b****!

Me: *I step back, walk around the counter and step into the foyer, taking a few steps out until the sign is visible* “Sir, if you could just step over here?”

Customer: *looks confused, but stamps over* “What?”

(I point at the sign for the screens and remain silent.)

Customer: “But… But…”

Me: “That is the direction for screen 12, but since you were verbally abusive and threatening towards a member of staff I’m refusing you service and asking you to please leave the premises before I call security. The front doors are that way.”

(He started screaming and swearing enough that in the end we had to call security to remove him, and he didn’t get a refund on the tickets he’d already paid for.)

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