Ethnically Ethical

, | Wichita, KS, USA | Uncategorized

(An older lady is asking me for help with her shopping list.)

Customer: “Sir, do you…well, I don’t really know if I can say this out loud, but do you have this video game?”

(The customer points at her list to the game title, “Ethnic Mickey”, which doesn’t exist. We sell “Epic Mickey”.)

Me: “Um, ma’am…we have Epic Mickey, if that helps.”

Customer: “Oh, my goodness. Here I was, worried about the title and if it was appropriate. We spoke over the phone, so I guess I misheard.”

Never Outshine A Customer

| Canberra, Australia | Bizarre

(I am approaching a middle-aged woman who has come into the store.)

Me: *very cheerfully* “Hey there! How’re you today?”

Customer: “Fine. And you?”

Me: “I’m great actually.”

Customer: *yells* “Stop showing off!”

Me: *speechless*

For Some, Childhood Never Ends, Part 3

| Copaigue, NY, USA | Wild & Unruly

(I am bringing shopping carts back into my workplace when I see a grown man, in a business suit, running with his cart to pick up speed and then riding on the back of it. As I keep walking towards the building, I walk past a woman.)

Woman: *disgusted* “I don’t know him.”

Me: “It’s okay. Boys will be boys!”

Related:
For Some, Childhood Never Ends, Part 2
For Some, Childhood Never Ends

Caution: Wet Weather May Be Wet

| Avondale, AZ, USA | Extra Stupid

(I work as a cashier at a well-known arts and crafts store. This particular day, it is raining very heavily, which is rare in Arizona.)

Customer: *walking over to myself and other cashier* “Excuse me, it is wet outside. I almost slipped.”

Me: “Sorry about that, ma’am. Are you okay?”

Customer: “Yes, but you need to put a wet floor sign outside so people are aware that it is wet.”

Coworker: “It’s raining, ma’am. I think people know the ground will be wet.”

Customer: “No, they won’t! Because I didn’t!” *storms out the store*

Function Begets Purpose

| Copaigue, NY, USA | Extra Stupid

(I am ringing up a couple of younger woman when one shows me an item.)

Customer: “Excuse me?”

Me: “Yes?”

Customer: “Do you know if this blends?” *holds up blender*

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