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Stop, Drop & Service The Customer

, | Right | April 15, 2009

(The fire alarm began to go off, and an old woman came up to my counter.)

Me: “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to ask you to leave the store. There appears to be a fire upstairs.”

Customer: “But I want to buy these shoes…”

Me: “If the fire is contained then you can come back in and buy them later.”

Customer: “Can you check if you have them in my size?”

Me: “That’s where the fire is.  Can you please leave the building now? It’s dangerous to be in here!”

Customer: “This is ridiculous. All I want you to do is check if you have it in my size!”

Me: “So, let me get this straight: you want me to go upstairs into a burning part of the building, to see if we have some shoes in your size, which are probably currently on fire?”

Customer: “Is that so much to ask?”

Me: “Get out.”

What Would Jesus Itemize?

, , , , | Right | April 15, 2009

(A customer is shopping for his church and his home in the same trip. He splits up the orders while talking with his wife. As I’m finishing the church order, running the credit card, and having the gentleman sign, the wife notices an error was made.)

Wife: “Honey, you put the condoms on the church bill!”

Husband: “… well scratch it off?”

Me: “Oh my.”

Wife: “Oh Jesus is going to hate us now! You can’t put condoms on the church bill, that’s like putting beer on the church account!”

(She continues to flip out, while I’m refunding the transaction and voiding off the condoms. The next customer in line is staring at the whole exchange.)

Next Customer: “How in the h*** do you people stay sane?!”

On Second Thought, Mom’s Probably Been Hitting Her Head Too

, , | Right | April 15, 2009

(A woman with a newborn baby walks into the store looking a little disoriented and heads towards the baby swings.)

Me: “Can I help you, ma’am?”

Customer: “Yes, my child keeps falling out of the swing and hitting her head. Why is that?”

Me: “Well, ma’am, your swing must be defective. Your baby shouldn’t be able to fall out if she’s buckled in and the tray is secured.”

Customer: “You mean I have to put the tray on?!”


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Give Me Good Ol’ Inefficiency Any Day

, , | Right | April 14, 2009

(I’m one of the fastest cashiers and often receive positive feedback from customers.)

Me: “… and your total is [total].”

Customer: “Wait, that can’t be right. I added it up. It should be less than that! You need to change something!”

Me: “Alright, sir, but it will take me a minute to bring your transaction back up. Your receipt is already printed.”

Customer: “Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous! This is your fault–you rang me up too flippin’ fast! I’m sick of these stores and their flippin’ fast cashiers!” *takes receipt and storms away*

Next Customer: “Did that guy seriously just yell at you for being fast?!”

Rage Against The Earless Machine

, , , | Right | April 14, 2009

(I overheard this conversation between a self-checkout machine and a customer.)

Self-Checkout Machine: “Please take your items.”

Customer: “DON’T TELL ME WHAT THE F*** TO DO! WHAT? DO YOU THINK I’M STUPID? YOU THINK I’M JUST GOING TO LEAVE MY S*** HERE?!”