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Next Christmas Will Look Crazy

| UT, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Holidays

(It is about a month after Christmas, all our remaining Christmas ornaments, trees, decorations, etc. are up to 90% off. This woman comes in and pretty much clears us out of what we have remaining. She buys over $2000 of Christmas supplies, and most of it is under a dollar. She came in about three and starts to get rung up at about six.

Woman: “Can you get all of this rung up as quickly as possible? I have somewhere to be in thirty minutes.”

(We ended up having to get all our cashiers ringing her up all at once so she could get out on time, causing everybody else to wait.)

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Tis The Season For Unreason, Part 4

| Phoenix, AZ, USA | Crazy Requests, Holidays, Time

(I work at a kitchen and bath store. It’s the day before Christmas Eve and the store is closing at noon. I’m closing the gates to the parking lot as a car pulls up.)

Man: “Open the gate.”

Me: “Sorry, sir, but we have closed until Monday for the holiday.”

Man: “No. We are going on vacation and we need to order faucets, so you are going to let us in.”

Me: “Sorry, but I can’t. Our systems are already shut down, the store is locked, and the alarm system is already on. There will be no business done until Monday.”

Man: “This is ridiculous. Open the gates and let me get what I want.”

Me: “I’m sorry. You will have to come back on Monday.”

Man: “No. I work, unlike what you are doing right now, on Monday.”

Me: “You can call in an order and pay over the phone.”

Man: “That is not acceptable. I demand to speak with your supervisor.”

Me: “They have already left. As I said, the store is closed.”

Man: “I’ll file a complaint.”

Me: “Sir, I’m not even on the clock right now. The store is closed. Everyone has gone home. It’s a holiday. The gate is closed. Come back on Monday.”

Man: “I’ll have your job!”

(He finally drives away and I finish locking the gate and go home. Monday, we get a phone call:)

Me: “Hello, [Store]. My name is [My Name]. How can I help you?”

Man: “I want to file a complaint! Your employee would not let me into the store on Wednesday!”

(I put him on hold and tell my boss. She knows the situation, so I put it on speaker.)

Me: “Can you explain the situation, sir?”

Man: “She locked the gate on me! I asked to be let in, and she refused. She was rude and told me that I was not allowed in!”

Boss: “Can I have your name, sir? And what time was this?”

Man: “Noon.”

Boss: “Sir, the store closed at noon that day.”

Man: “She was rude!”

Boss: “Sir, if she refused you entrance to a closed store, she was doing her job.”

Man: “She should be fired for her attitude!”

Boss: “You want me to fire an employee for telling someone they cannot get into a store when the store was closed?”

Man: “Yes!”

Boss: “Sir, please never call here again. It was a holiday, she did her job, and you are not the center of our universe. You harassed my employee and are now trying to interfere with her well being. Goodbye.”

Man: “I’ll sue!”

Boss: “Try it.”

Related:
Tis The Season For Unreason, Part 3
Tis The Season For Unreason, Part 2
Tis The Season For Unreason

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Taking Out The Trashy Customers

| NC, USA | Bad Behavior, Holidays

(Holiday season has just ended; the year is coming to a close. Most of our customers are in the process of returning unwanted Christmas gifts. I’ve been running around the store all day helping in every department while also trying to put out my new stock. I get called to the registers to help with the line when a woman, her mother, and her son all come to my register and mention that they are returning a trashcan because it requires specific bags and they cost too much. The trashcan comes in a box and they’ve wheeled it in on a shopping cart and left it at one end of the registers. I go to grab the return, but when I begin to lift it, a putrid smell nearly overwhelms me and I turn to the coordinator in charge of customer service.)

Me: “[Coordinator], I think this has been used. It smells awful.”

Coordinator: “Hmm? You sure?” *she sniffs the box and steps back, quickly returning to her own customer* “Just take it back. We can mark it out.”

Me: “What? But it’s used—”

Coordinator: “We have to take it back. We always take everything back.”

(At that point, she was not even looking at me and I could see the customer staring at me. I was also aware that our manager was unavailable at the time. I wrote down the information for the return and processed the transaction without a word. All the while, the customer was talking as if I was some pathetic child who’s easily confused but being such a dear. In the end, the trashcan was returned for over $100 and she used it to buy $130 worth of merchandise. When I finished the transaction, my manager had finally returned to customer service and discovered the trashcan. I watched the customer run out the door with her purchases while my manager pulled the trashcan out of its box. It wasn’t just used, but full of trash. He was furious and had to dispose of it. I spent the rest of the day sick.)

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The Grinch Who Can’t Accept Checks

, | PA, USA | At The Checkout, Holidays, Money

(It’s Christmas Day, and I work at a pharmacy retail store that is part of a very large chain. We are a 24 hour store, and we don’t close on Christmas, so we’re usually the only place open. Christmas Day sales are mostly batteries and last minute gift cards, and there’s been a steady stream of customers all morning. During a lull, an older woman walks in.)

Woman: “Hello! I would like to purchase six [Store] gift cards, each one for $10.”

Me: “Okay!”

(I grab the gift cards from next to the till, and count them quickly to make sure I have the right amount.)

Woman: “Now, should I make this out to [Store]?”

(At this point, I realize that she’s writing a check, which my register won’t let me accept as payment for gift cards, so I speak up.)

Me: “Oh, unfortunately, I can’t take a check.”

Woman: “Excuse me?”

Me: “Yeah, sorry, it’s a store policy. [Chain Store #1] and [Chain Store #2] don’t either. I can take cash, credit, or debit, but that’s it.”

Woman: “Well, I don’t have a debit card, and I don’t have any cash!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I still can’t accept a check.”

Woman: “You, young man, have just ruined Christmas!”

(I told my manager about what the customer said, and was known as “The Grinch” for the rest of the holiday season!)

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Putting Him At Trees

| Cornelius, OR, USA | Awesome Workers, Holidays, Religion

(I am a cashier at a department store where we sell a little bit of everything. I work over in the Home department which includes Garden. It’s around 10 pm and just a few days until Christmas when I have this man come through my line with a Christmas Tree.)

Me: “Hi! Did you find everything all right today?”

Customer: “Yeah. I bet this is something you’ve never seen before. A Jewish man buying a Christmas tree.”

Me: *I look at him, not realizing he is Jewish, and then look at the tree and shrug* “No one said you had to get the tree to celebrate Christmas. I read somewhere that in Europe, in a country where the sun doesn’t come up for months at a time, that they would bring the trees into their house and decorate them with ornaments and candles because they knew that they wouldn’t see the light or nature again for months. And that’s where the Christmas tree supposedly comes from.”

Customer: *he stared at me and then grinned* “Wow! That actually makes me feel a lot better! Thanks!”

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