The Service Industry Can Drive You Crazy

| Tilton, NH, USA | Bizarre

(We wear headsets at my work place to hear each other across the store. I tend to talk to myself while I put away clothes or tidy up, i.e. ‘Where do you go? How did you get on the floor?’ etc. This all happens over our headsets.)

Manager: “So we just got a customer complaint that one of the girls putting away clothes was talking to herself.”

Coworker: “Seriously?”

Manager: “Seriously. This is not a joke.”

Me: “So, that was me.”

Coworker: “Great job, [My Name]. Way to scare the customers!”

(Now every time I talk to myself at work, we joke that I should be careful or else someone will complain.)

Trying To Clean Up His Act

| Sydney, NSW, Australia | Bizarre, Criminal & Illegal

Coworker: “We had another shoplifter yesterday. Another one of our regular customers that we always look after.”

Me: “Really? Who?”

Coworker: “This guy who brings a bike in.”

Me: “Oh, I saw him as I was leaving yesterday. Had a funny feeling about him.”

Coworker: “Yes. He shopped for about half an hour while I stayed at the counter and kept an eye on his bike. He then came up to ask if we had soap making kits. I told him no but when he bent down to pick up the bag he left by his bike I saw a package with a pair of scissors in it, stuffed down his pants.”

Me: “Down his pants?”

Coworker: “Yes, the back of his pants. I told him he needed to pay for them so he pulled them out and threw them on the counter. But when he turned I noticed another item down his pants so I asked for that as well and he pulled that out. Then I noticed he had something in his pocket so I asked him what that was. He claimed it was something of his. I told him to show me and he pulled out more of our stock and threw it on the counter.”

Me: “I knew I had a strange feeling about him.”

Coworker: “Yes, and I was doing him a favour by watching his bike. I have no idea what else he bought. I watched him leave and saw him go in the fishing shop, so I raced up to warn them. They warned other shops as well. Each made sure he was followed in the store.”

Me: “Hopefully he won’t come back.”

Coworker: “Me, too, but the weirdest part was not long after there was a phone call. It was his voice asking if we had soap making kits.”

A Little Bird Told Her Wrong

| FL, USA | Bizarre, Crazy Requests, Pets & Animals

(I work at a horse supply/tack store. We don’t sell any sort of animal.)

Me: “Hello. How can I help you?”

Customer: “Hi. Do you sell pigeons?”

Me: “What’s a pigeon?”

Customer: “You don’t know what a pigeon is?”

Me: “Well, like the bird, pigeon?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “No, we don’t sell birds.”

Customer: “What type of store is this that you don’t sell birds?”

Me: “Uhm, a horse supply store.”

Customer: “Oh, the yellow pages didn’t say anything about that!”