Unfiltered Story #125711

, , | Unfiltered | November 13, 2018

(I’m the checked-out customer in this story. I was hand-crafting watch straps for gifts and needed to purchase buckles.)

Clerk: “Hi. What can I help you find today?”

Me: “I’m looking for buckles that are an inch wide or smaller.”

Clerk: “We have some that are three quarters of in inch. Will those work?”

Me: “Oh, I really need them to be smaller than an inch.”

Clerk: *confused*

Me: *face-palm*

(I was so embarrassed I bought twice as many as I needed!)

Being A Working Mother Is Hard Enough Without You

, , , , | Right | November 12, 2018

(I am a customer in a grocery store that offers free childcare while you are shopping. I have just dropped off my child, filled out the forms, and taken the pager. I turn to leave the window and find an older woman customer right behind me.)

Customer: “You can’t leave your child here. They don’t get paid to watch your kid. In my day we watched our own kids.”

Me: “This is the childcare. They do watch your child.”

Employee: “Yes, ma’am. This is free childcare while you shop.”

Customer: “They have actual jobs! You can’t leave your child here!”

(I walk around the woman to start shopping. She begins to follow me.)

Customer: “Don’t you walk away and leave your child here! I will call the police!”

(I ignore her and keep walking. She follows, but I see the store manager coming my way.)

Manager: “Is there a problem here?”

Customer: “Yes! She just dumped her child on one of your employees and expects them to watch the child while she shops.”

Manager: “Ma’am, that’s what the childcare is for. We watch your child while you shop.”

Customer: “Well, in my day…”

(I manage to get down the next aisle and continue my shopping. A few minutes later I end up at the end of a completely different aisle where this customer is now berating a stocker.)

Customer: “I can’t believe your manager wouldn’t do anything. I’m going to need the corporate contact number.”

Stocker: “Ma’am, for the record, I’m only working here because the store on [Street] had to close their childcare center because it wasn’t used enough. I’m going to college, and that store was closer to me. When the childcare center closed, I had my choice of being laid off or coming here to work stock. Are you really telling me you want my coworkers to lose their jobs in the childcare center? Really?”

(She finally wandered off, grumbling under her breath. I still don’t know why she thought it was terrible to leave my child in the childcare center where the employees are, in fact, paid to watch them.)

Social Studies Prove That Analogies Abhor A Vacuum

, , , , , , | Learning | November 12, 2018

(This takes place in high school social studies class. The teacher is explaining a concept of economics. I’m known to be a pretty smart kid and a whiz at science, but I don’t usually participate.)

Teacher: “Think of it this way. Does anybody know how a vacuum cleaner works?”

(A few students raise their hands, including me.)

Teacher: “[Student #1]?”

Student #1: “It sucks stuff in with a big fan.”

Teacher: “No, that’s incorrect. [Student #2]?”

Student #2: “There’s a pump and it pulls air in.”

Teacher: “Nope, not right, either.”

(The teacher then looks at me and gives me a look that tells me he is not looking forward to my response.)

Teacher: “[My Name]?”

Me: “Things always move from an area of higher concentration to lower concentration, so a vacuum cleaner pumps air out of a chamber inside it, creating an area of lower air pressure inside. The higher air pressure outside of the vacuum pushes things into it, and they end up in the bag, which is porous to allow air to pass through.”

Teacher: *pause* “No, that’s not right, either. The point is, nobody knows how a vacuum works.”

(He carried on with the lesson, and I frowned and sat back in my chair, knowing I had a better explanation than anyone else, and deciding that he wasn’t expecting someone to actually know how a vacuum cleaner works, ruining the analogy.)

Rotting Her Brain As Well As Her Lungs

, , , , | Right | November 12, 2018

(I work at a gas station in a small town, so we see a lot of regulars — in this case, two Hispanic men. They walk in and start talking to each other in Spanish as I’m ringing up an older woman.)

Customer: “Can you believe these Mexicans? They come here illegally, take all our jobs, and leave none for us real Americans.”

(She goes off on a rant, and the two regulars are standing behind her listening to every word she says. One shakes his head at me calmly and I keep quiet.)

Customer: “…and they don’t even speak English.”

Me: “Yeah, that’s too bad. Here’s your change. Have a nice day!”

(She is nearly out the door when one of the regulars stops her.)

Regular: *in fluent English* “Excuse me, miss! You left your cigarettes on the counter.”

(He goes to hand them to her, and she looks like she’s about to pass out from either rage or embarrassment. She turns and leaves without taking her cigarettes.)

Me: “Way to handle a bad situation. I was ready to kick her out.”

Regular: “I don’t think she was right in the head. She needs a doctor, not a scene… And I got a free pack of cigarettes.”

This Woman Is Generating Contempt

, , , | Right | November 10, 2018

(I’m running an inflatable bouncy house for a small town carnival. I’ve only just started working with the company who does the inflatables, but apparently we did the same carnival the year before and had some trouble with the lady in charge. She hadn’t paid the extra fee to use one of our generators, and supplied no power source of her own, so there had been difficulties getting set up. They wound up giving her the generator for free. This year she does the same thing again and just expects us to provide her the free service. It’s important to note that I DIDN’T KNOW ANY OF THIS BEFOREHAND.)

Client: *walks up behind me and suddenly speaks very loudly, startling me* “So, what’s your game plan? How are you setting these up?”

(Note that I am not technically on the clock yet. I am just hanging out by the setup area to keep an eye on company property while our setup guys go to get extension cords.)

Me: “Oh, hi! I’m actually not sure yet. I just got here, but the guys just went to buy extension cords.”

Client: *disdainfully* “Oh. So, you didn’t have them in your truck? Last year they just gave me a generator.”

Me: “Oh… okay? I’m not sure what they’ve got going on, but they should be back soon.”

Client: *suddenly angry* “Well, you had better be set up by noon! Last year you were an hour and a half late setting up and I swore I would never hire you again!”

Me: *staring at her in shock because I have no idea what’s going on*

Client: “When they get back, you tell them the ‘mean lady’ said they’d BETTER. BE. READY. BY. NOON.” *storms off*

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