Skating Past Bigotry Into Racism

| London, England, UK | Right | October 27, 2013

(I work in a skateboard shop. I’m female and have been working on skateboards from the age of 15. A teenage black male customer approaches my coworker and me. My coworker is also black.)

Customer: “Yo, can you get out here and put fresh tape on my board?”

Me: “Oh I’ll be happy to do that for you! Did you want a design or logo cut out? I just did this one; it looks pretty good.”

Customer: “I ain’t having a girl touch my board. I want somebody who knows what they’re actually doing, not a woman!”

Coworker: “Actually, she’s probably the quickest and neatest taper here, and watch your attitude.”

Customer: “Nah man, I’m not having some b**** wreck my board!”

Coworker: “Right, that’s it. Get out of my shop.”

Customer: “What?! No way. You can’t kick me out because I’m black.”

Coworker: *gestures to self* “It’s hardly because you’re black, is it? It’s because you’re insulting staff. Get out.”

Customer: “That’s discrimination! I’m going to sue you!”

(The customer leaves, ranting all the way out the door about how girls shouldn’t work in skate shops and he’s going to sue us for discriminating on race.)

Coworker: “Yeah, good luck with that, mate.”

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These Boots Were Made For Running

| Manchester, England, UK | Romantic | October 27, 2013

(I work in a high end boutique, and have been talking to woman about an £1,100 pair of high heels that she’s had her eye on for a while, and has finally saved enough money to treat herself to. I’m just ringing her up, when we hear a rising yell from outside. Everyone in the vicinity turns to look at the door. A man comes sprinting through, skidding as he scrambles through the door.)


Woman: “Oh, my God! What are you doing? How did you even know I was here?”

(The man finally comes to a stop, and doubles over panting, red faced and completely out of breath.)

Man: “[Name] called… said you were here… ran from [other side of town]… already bought shoes… for anniversary…”

Woman: “It’s sweet that he put so much effort into making sure I don’t buy them again, but I really wish he wouldn’t half kill himself in the process.”

(We manage to eventually bring him around, and she takes him home. The day after, she comes back to spend almost as much on lingerie as her anniversary gift to him!)

Can’t Get A Handle On The Toilet

| London, England, UK | Working | October 25, 2013

Manager: “Where’ve you been?”

Coworker: “Toilet.”

Manager: “Again? Are you ill or something?”

Coworker: “No, but there’s no contractual maximum amount of s***s I can take in one day, is there?”

Me: “He’s got you there.”

Honesty Is A Gift, Part 2

| Newtown, PA, USA | Right | October 24, 2013

(A customer comes into the store to use a store credit. Our store always issues store credits in the form of a gift card.)

Customer: “I’d like to purchase this with my store credit.”

(The customer hands me the receipt only.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I would need the gift card that was issued you when you received your store credit.”

Customer: “Oh no, that’s okay. The cashier said that I only had to bring in the receipt.”

(I look carefully at the receipt to read the cashier name, because I would need to know which cashier successfully issued a store credit WITHOUT doing it properly, since the computer makes it fool proof.)

Me: “No, ma’am, see, that’s a lie because I was the one that issued you your credit. Our cash registers make it physically impossible to give you a credit without that gift card…”

Honesty Is A Gift

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Gunning For The Answer

| AK, USA | Working | October 24, 2013

(I’m a new hire. I am attending the training classes with five other new hires. The supervisor finishes a lecture on safety and emergencies.)

Supervisor: “And in the highly unlikely event of a robbery, don’t try to be a hero. Just do what the guy says, and give him what he wants. Then you call me, and I’ll take it from there. Are there any questions?”

New Hire: “Uh, yeah, what if he has a gun?”

Supervisor: “Then you do as he says.”

New Hire: “What if he SAYS he has a gun, but he’s only pretending?”

Supervisor: “Then you do as he says.”

New Hire: “What if he says he has no gun, but he still demands the money?”

Supervisor: *visibly agitated* “You do as he says.”

New Hire: “Okay, but what if he doesn’t have a gun, but he does have a knife, and he—”


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