It’s None Of Your Business That We’re Going Out Of Ours

, , , , | Right | March 20, 2019

(The store where I work is going out of business, so everything is currently a final sale. We are under court order to not do any returns, exchanges, or anything of the sort. It’s stated all over the store, as well as on the receipt, plus every cashier tells the customer before they make a purchase. On this day, we have already dealt with a power outage before we started working and some technical issues once the power was back. Before we open the doors, many of us notice a woman standing with one of our bags. We know what’s going to happen and since I am the most senior employee at the cash, I tell them I’ll handle it once she is inside. When we finally open the doors, she comes right up to the side of the registers. My coworkers look over at me, so I go to her.)

Customer: *looking like she will cry at any moment* “I got this coat yesterday, but I’d tried on a medium and thought it was small. So, I took a large and tried it. It fit, but then I put it back, and then I grabbed it again, but I guess I took XL by accident. I wanted to just exchange it for the right size, please.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but there’s absolutely no returns or exchanges or anything like that anymore.”

Customer: *still looks like she might cry, but her eyes are clear* “What? Can I talk to your manager? Maybe she could help.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but these aren’t the manager’s orders. We are under court order and cannot do any returns or exchanges. It’s all over the store, and we tell everyone for exactly that reason.”

Customer: *completely changes her mood; she is now mad* “Well, that’s just great! You know what? I’ve been shopping here for years, and I will never shop here again!”

Me: “Well, we are going out of business, so really, it doesn’t matter.”

(The customer then stormed off. My coworker was still working on opening the doors when she walked out, and she told us later that the customer was calling us all sorts of names and swearing at us. I thought it was funny, as did most of my coworkers.)

Unfiltered Story #144573

, , , | Unfiltered | March 20, 2019

I work in the garden center at a grocery store. As I’m helping a gentleman find some plants we have this exchange:
Customer: do you have any cucumbers?
Me: yup they’re just on that rack over there
Customer: woah you have a lot of different kinds!
Me: uh ya! Is there a specific kind you’re looking for?
Customer: No not really. Woah!! You can grow pickles?!?!
Me: uh no sir… They’re the type of cucumber that you use to make pickles…
Customer: oh.. Right.

(I’ve never had to resist the urge to laugh so hard. This man must have been 40 and I recognized him usually coming in with his mother)

What Came First: The Chicken Or The Customer?

, , , | Right | March 18, 2019

(My coworker is taking orders for the drive-thru and a customer comes through.)

Coworker: “Welcome to [Coffee Shop]. What can I get for you?”

Customer: “I want a chicken wrap.”

Coworker: “What wrap would you like?”

Customer: “A chicken wrap.”

Coworker: “What type of wrap would you like?”

Customer: “Chipotle chicken wrap.”

Coworker: “With the crispy chicken or the grilled?”

Customer: “Chipotle wrap.”

Coworker: *getting annoyed* “With the grilled or the crispy chicken?”

Customer: *mumbles something about potato wedges*

Coworker: *getting louder and more annoyed, though still maintaining a chipper customer service voice* “Would you like the grilled chicken or the crispy? I need to know what kind of chicken you would like to continue the order.”

Customer: “Also potato wedges.”

Coworker: *snapping* “Do you want the grilled or the crispy chicken, or I can decide for you?!”

Customer: *mumbles something* “Crispy.”

Coworker: *back to chipper voice* “Great! Crispy chicken. Would you like anything else?”

(The customer finishes their order without incident.)

Coworker: “All right, that will be [total] at the window.” *turns around to face me* “Oh, my God! Did anybody hear that?”

Me: “I just heard you kept talking about what chicken they wanted.”

Coworker: “That was infuriating.”

A Garbage Excuse

, , , , , , | Friendly | March 16, 2019

(A guy on the bus throws some garbage on the ground.)

Me: “Do you really need to do that?”

Guy: “Huh?”

Me: “Throw your garbage on the ground? It’s really inconsiderate.”

Guy: “It might be inconsiderate, but think of it this way: if nobody did it, there would be no jobs.”

Me: “That’s really not true… like, really not true.”

Guy: “It might not be true, but you can see where I’m coming from.”

Me: “I really can’t. It’s just plain rude.”

Guy: “Okay, sorry about that.”

(He still didn’t pick it up, and he kept apologizing the rest of the time he was on the bus. He didn’t even use the thing he was unwrapping; he just threw it back in his bag!)

When It Comes To Animal Welfare, They’re Not Horsing Around

, , , | Healthy | March 14, 2019

(I am home alone on our farm one afternoon — my family is out on errands — and there is a knock on the door. When I open the door, a man is standing there and there’s an SPCA van in the driveway.)

SPCA: “Hello, miss. We’ve had a complaint put forth about your animal welfare.”

Me: “What?!”

SPCA: “That horse over there.”

(He pointed at a horse in the field that my mum had taken in from a neighbour who was going to send her to the glue factory — yup, that’s really a thing. She was clearly sickly and dying, but we were giving her the best life we could until she passed, something her previous owner had no intention of doing. It was a serious charge and took almost a week to clear up… and $200 to get the vet out and write a note that we were giving her all the care she needed.)

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