The Slippery Subject Of Price

| NY, USA | Right | June 16, 2014

(A customer puts bananas on the conveyor belt at my till. I pick them up and type the

number for the bananas in.)

Customer: “Wait up. The bananas are [price] for one set of bananas, not [price] for one single banana.”

Me: “No. We have no scales here so the price of fruit is per single item.”

Customer: “You didn’t explain that fast enough so I’m not getting them.”

Birthright Is Wrong

| Australia | Right | June 16, 2014

Customer: “Oh! What an interesting accent! Which country are you from?”

Me: “Thank you. I was born here, but my dad is Northumbrian, so I have a bit of his accent.”

Customer: “So when did you arrive in Australia?”

Me: “I never left. I was born here.”

Customer: “No, that’s impossible. I don’t think you were. In fact, I KNOW you weren’t.”

Me: “So, it’s impossible for my mother to have me in Australia with my dad, who migrated from the UK and has a strong accent that I picked up?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “I was born here in Australia, ma’am.”

Customer: “Oh, you keep thinking that.” *winks and leaves the store*

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Used And Useless

| MT, USA | Right | June 15, 2014

(A customer is coming through my line with a series of energy drinks and several bags of chips. He is also holding a game with a receipt. I figure that he bought it in our game department.)

Me: “Oh, [Game]! I have been waiting for that to go on sale. It looks like a good game.”

Customer: “It’s okay. I finished the game in like a day though.”

(I’m puzzled by this, as he is holding the game.)

Me: “Really? Huh.”

Customer: “Yeah. I just tried to return it. It was too short. I can’t believe you guys didn’t take it back.”

Me: “So you bought a game and tried to return it because you finished it?”

Customer: “I was really dissatisfied after I finished it. Do you know where I can take it to return it? Or do I have to file a complaint or something?”

Me: “Well, it’s now a used game… so, [Used Game Store]?”

Customer: “They’ll only give me used game price.”

(We stand there for 10 minutes while he tries to grasp the concept of returns. He leaves in a huff. After, my boss comes over.)

Boss: “Did that just happen?”

Me: “Doesn’t it always?”

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Good Things Come In Open Packages

| FL, USA | Working | June 15, 2014

(I’m hopping into a store to get one thing. I find what I need. It’s the last one they have, but the package is opened and looks badly damaged. Since it’s open, however, I’m able to see that everything that’s supposed to be there is and the product itself is fine. I decide to buy it anyway.)

Me: “Just this today, thanks.”

Cashier: “Of course.”

(The cashier goes to scan the barcode, but then just stares at the package for a good thirty seconds, even though the barcode is still there.)

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry. I just found it like that, and I didn’t see any more. But I figured it was still okay to buy.”

Cashier: “You… want to buy this?”

Me: *confused* “Yes… please?”

Cashier: “You want to buy this at full price?”

Me: *laughs* “Unless it’s on sale, but I don’t think it is. It’s the last one, and since it was open when I found it, I made sure everything was accounted for. I’ll just take this today, thanks.”

Cashier: “Sorry about that, ma’am. I’m just shocked you didn’t demand a discount.”

Me: “Why would I? The product itself is fine, and I’m not going to need the packaging once I get home.”

Cashier: “You’d be surprised at how crazy some people are.”

(I now seriously don’t doubt that a bit!)

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| WA, Australia | Right | June 13, 2014

(I am having a pretty good day, with no bad customers. A middle aged customer comes up to my till.)

Customer: “Mhhhhrmrrm.”

Me: “… Okay. Would you like a bag?”

Customer: “Mhhrrrrmrmr!”

Me: “…  Do you have a rewards card?”

Customer: “Mhhrrrrmrmr.”

Me: *concerned* “Will that be credit or cash?”

Customer: “HISSSSSSS!”

(I jump back in surprise, but act as normally as possible for someone who has been spat on and hissed at.)

Me: “Have a nice day!”

Customer: “Mhhhhr!”

Me: *to Boss* “What was that?”

Boss: “Oh, she comes in here a lot. If you say the wrong thing she hisses at you.”

(I transferred off tills very quickly after that!)

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