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Those Must Be The Mighty Ducks

, , , , | Right | January 27, 2010

(Two customers are unloading $250 of cat food and bread onto my checkout.)

Me: “Hey, you having a good day?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “So, you got a lot of cats?”

Customer: “No. We just leave it outside overnight.”

Me: “Oh, right. What’s with the bread, you having some sort of party or something?”

(Keep in mind this is a good 50 loaves of bread.)

Customer: *vaguely* “Oh, no, we’re going to the duck pond later today.”


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Cutty Out The Attitude

, , , , , | Learning Right | November 23, 2009

(I am working in a kindergarten where over half of the kids are Maori. The Maori word for scissors is ‘kutikuti,’ which is pronounced ‘cutty cutty’.)

Me: *to a child* “Can you pass me the kutikuti please?”

Mother: “What did you say to my child?”

Me: “I asked her to pass me the scissors.”

Mother: “Don’t talk baby to my child. She’s smart enough to use adult words.”

Me: “I wasn’t. I was using the Maori name for scissors.”

Mother: “No, you said cutty cutty. That’s not Maori. I’m Maori, and I think I know Maori when I hear it.”

(The child interrupts. She grabs her mom by the hand and drags her off to a poster on the wall which has a few art objects and their Maori names under them.)

Child: “Mom, why do you always have to pick fights with people? I’m very disappointed in you!”

(When her mother left I gave the kid the biggest sticker I could find to put on her good behaviour chart.)


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Employee Of The Year, Part 2

, , , | Right | July 8, 2009

(I’m English and backpacking in New Zealand. I’ve just started work in a fast food place and am on the drive-thru for the first time.)

Manager: “Okay. What you have to do is talk to the customers and make them feel really welcome. Get a bit chatty if you can.”

Me: “Okay, no problem. Watch this…”

(A customer drives down to my window to pay for his food.)

Me: “Hey there, how you doing? That will be [price].”

Customer: “Where are you from?”

Me: “England.”

Customer: “Whereabouts in England?”

Me: “Hull.”

Customer: “ME, TOO! I’m from [Road]!”

Me: “Sweet! I grew up just round the corner from there! Was it a nightmare having them build the new stadium right on your doorstep?”

Customer: “No way! Yer, was a right pain! Speaking of which, did you see the Tigers play the other night?”

Me: “Nah, I missed it. I was working. I heard the result though, get it!”

Customer: “Let’s see if we come out on top at the end of the season! Anyway, I best go pick up my food. I am sure you have other customers to serve. My name is [Customer] by the way. What’s yours?”

Me: “I’m [My Name].”

(We shake hands through the window.)

Customer: “Nice to meet you, man. I will be sure to see you around.”

Me: “Yeah, have a good day, mate!”

(The customer drives to the next window. I turn to look at my manager who has a look of total disbelief.)

Me: “And that’s how you do that.”

Manager: “Yeah, I will leave you to it. I think you got the hang of it!”


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