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The Drunken Taste Of Lawlessness

| OH, USA | At The Checkout, Underaged

(I work in a well-known chain superstore. Our policy for alcohol sales is that we must see proper identification from all parties present with the exception of an obvious parent/child party. It is also important to note that Ohio law states that a customer must provide a valid ID if asked, and a store employee may ask at their own discretion.)

Me: “Hello. I will need to see both ID’s to process this alcohol sale.”

Customer #1: “Why do you need to see both?”

Me: “It is the—”

Customer #1: “That is illegal; you can’t require that both of us have an ID.”

Me: “Actually, ma’am, I am required by policy to have proper identification from all parties of the alcohol sale or I cannot—”

Customer #1: “So, it is [Store]’s policy, which is against the law. I could sue.”

(Meanwhile, Customer #2 is retrieving his ID. I check both identification cards and process the sale.)

Me: “Your total is…”

Customer #1: “What if I have my child and I am buying alcohol?”

Me: “If it is obviously your child it shouldn’t be a problem.”

Customer #2: “Well what if I had my step-daughter?”

Me: “That would be a child, sir. It won’t be a problem if you are not buying it for her.”

Customer #1: “Well, it is stupid and against the law.”

(I hand her the receipt.)

Me: “Have a great day, ma’am.”

Customer #1: “Good luck breaking the law; someone will sue you.”

Customer #3: *a little old woman, clearly appalled by Customer #2’s attitude* “Don’t worry, sweetie. I don’t have alcohol, and even if i did I know the law!”

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In Line And Out Of Line, Part 11

| Surrey, BC, Canada | Spouses & Partners

(A married couple are checking out at my till. I’ve scanned everything that they’ve placed on the counter, and I have the total ready for them. All that’s left is for them to pay, and for me to give them their receipt.)

Wife: “Hold on a sec. I need to check something out.”

(The wife walks away from the till to do some more shopping. Her husband and I are just standing at the till, dumbfounded. Seconds turned into minutes, with no conclusion in sight.)

Husband: “All right, honey, I think that’s enough; let’s go.”

(The wife ignores her husband, and keeps shopping.)

Husband: “Honey, will you please come back to the till? Honey? Sweetheart? Babe? Princess? Please come back to the till. You’re keeping the nice man waiting. Honey, there’s a line forming behind us. Honey? Will you please come back? Honey? Honey? Honey? Dear? Sweetheart?”

(After all that, she’s still ignoring him.)

Husband: *to me* “Dude, don’t ever get married. It’ll ruin your life.”

(When the wife did come back, she acted as if she did nothing wrong. The nerve of some people.)

Related:
In Line And Out Of Line, Part 10
In Line And Out Of Line, Part 9
In Line And Out Of Line, Part 8

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A Bad Sign About This One

, | Sacramento, CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Technology

(A customer approaches my print center counter.)

Customer: “Hi! I’d like to order a sign for my business’s door, but I want it to be in full color.”

Me: “Sure! What size did you need the sign to be?”

Customer: “It’s a sign for my door. But in full color.”

Me: “Yes, that’s no problem. I just need to know what size you’d like to order.”

Customer: “IT’S A SIGN FOR MY DOOR. BUT I WANT IT TO BE IN FULL COLOR!”

Me: “Ma’am, I need a measurement. I have to tell the sign company what size you want them to make your sign.”

Customer: *holds up her smartphone* “If I show you a picture of my old sign, will that help? It’s on my door. But I want the new one to be in full color.”

(She eventually had to call her husband over, and HE informed us that the sign they wanted was 2”x10” in size.)

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