Unfiltered Story #95706

, , | Unfiltered | September 26, 2017

I’m checking out at a discount store of a major department store. While the cashier is ringing me up, the woman at the register next to me is making a scene. She’s berating the cashier ringing her up and the store associate standing on the floor next to her holding a piece of clothing. It takes me a minute or two to understand what was going on.

It turns out the manager had jumped on the registers to help with the long line. While she was checking out this woman, a store associate had come up to ask her a question and for help with an item for another customer. The angry customer was incredulous that this store associate would deign to ask her manager for help while the manager was ringing her up. She was aghast and acting like it was a terrible affront to her and she kept repeating “I can’t believe she did that! What was she thinking!” as if the store associate wasn’t standing right there. She wasn’t yelling but she was speaking loudly and acting like she was the most special person on earth. It was embarrassing and horrifying to watch. I wanted to say something but I worried what this woman would say to me.

However, after she left, I turned to the store associate still standing there and said “I’m sorry she spoke to you that way. You don’t deserve to be spoken to like that and she was out of line. I’m sorry that happened to you.” The associate thanked me and after the manager helped her, she went back to the floor. My cashier and the manager looked at me and thanked me for saying something to the store associate.

The kicker? Right before I left the manager said to me “I appreciate you saying that to her. She’s only been on the floor for 20 minutes. This is her very first day.”

They’re Going To Focus On This; Make No Bones About It

, , , , , | Learning | September 25, 2017

(It’s the end of the day in the four-year-old class, and the kids are pretty much playing at whatever they feel like. One asks me to read her a cute science-y book about skeletons, so I oblige her, and she hops into my lap. This happens as I am reading a page which faces a picture of a jolly-looking skeleton with all the major bones labeled.)

Me: *reading* “’…but your shape can never change, because you have a skeleton inside you.’”

Kid: *pointing at the pelvic bone and shouting* “IS THAT YOUR VAGINA?!”

(Two other kids overhear this and think it is a funny word.)

Other Kids: “VAGINA? VAGINA?”

Me: “…can I please read?”

(I wasn’t going NEAR that one!)

It’s A Man’s World

, , , , | Right | September 23, 2017

(I’m on my break and go to use the men’s room. A customer walks in and approaches me as I am washing my hands.)

Customer: “Is this the men’s room?”

Me: *face-palm*

(All of a sudden I hear my male manager laughing from the adjacent stall.)

About A Foot Away From Total Meltdown

, , , | Working | September 22, 2017

(I am standing in line at a sandwich shop.)

Worker: “Hi. Can I help you?”

Customer: “Yes, please. Can I get a foot-long Reuben sandwich?”

Worker: “Do you want a six-inch or twelve-inch?”

(The customer and I both look at her; I figure she just wasn’t paying attention.)

Customer: “A foot-long.”

Worker: “Okay, a six-inch or a twelve-inch?”

Customer: “A foot-long means twelve-inch.”

(She just looked blankly at him and got the bread out. The man was very polite and understanding with her. Someone else helped me, and the last time I looked, she only had bread cut and had no idea what she was supposed to do next. I wonder how long it was before he got his lunch?)

And The Light Bulb Goes On

, , , , | Right | September 21, 2017

(A customer calls complaining of a high electric bill. I look over the account and see that the usage is, indeed, pretty high. I then go through a series of standard questions, trying to determine what could be causing the elevated usage.)

Customer: “Well, I do run two refrigerators and a freezer. One fridge in the kitchen, freezer in the basement, and a second fridge in the garage.”

Me: *knowing it is winter time and far colder out than would require the fridge in the garage to run* “It seems unlikely the fridge in the garage would be running very much with it being so cold.”

Customer: “No, it’s running.”

Me: “Why would be running if it is not warm enough in the garage to require it to turn on?”

Customer: “Well, there is a light bulb in it.”

Me: “There is a light bulb in every fridge, but it only turns on when the door opens.”

Customer: “No, I put a light bulb in it on an extension cord to force the fridge to run. It is a very old fridge, and we are scared that if it shuts off it may not come back on, so we put a light bulb in it to keep it on.”

Me: “…so, you are using a light bulb as a heat source to keep the very old fridge running all the time?”

Customer: *very satisfied with herself* “YES!”

Me: *silent facepalm* “This is the reason for your increased electric consumption.”

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