A Tip For A Slip

| MN, USA | Awesome Customers

(I work at a furniture retail store where customers can drop off their kids to play for free for an hour while they shop. I’m checking out a young girl when her mom gives her $2.)

Mom: “Now give it to her.”

Daughter: “This is for you.”

(The daughter hands me $2 as a tip!)

Me: “Oh, my god, for me? Thank you so much, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to take this.” *calling over to my more experienced coworker* “[Coworker], are we allowed to take tips?”

Coworker: “No, unfortunately not.”

(I give the daughter her $2 back.)

Me: “I’m sorry; I’m not allowed to take tips, but thank you so much for wanting to give me one! That is so sweet of you guys! If you want, you could fill out a positive comment sheet instead, if you have time. Seriously, though, that really cheered me up and made my day!”

(The mom and daughter did fill out a glowing positive comment sheet for our department. No one’s ever tried to tip me before and it did make my day!)


Miss. Ogyny Strikes!

| Norway | Bigotry

(I work in a beauty and make-up store. Yesterday evening a man came in, probably in his fifties, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. Upon seeing me, a 21-year-old girl, he gets this arrogant look on his face.)

Me: “Hi, how can I help you today?”

Customer: “Yeah, I’m looking for a little gift for my lady, just to show her some affection. But I know just as little about make-up as you do cars.”

(He obviously thought he was being extremely funny. I did not. I swallowed my original comment, put on my “professional” face, and smiled sweetly at him.)

Me: “We have these lovely single eye-shadows right here. You can choose whatever color you like, and then your girlfriend can mix them together herself.”

Customer: *still going on about cars and women* “I’m guessing the only thing you know is where to find the steering wheel.”

Me: “Okay, now, why don’t you choose this orange one and this light blue one? They mix lovely together.”

(Actually, they don’t. If his poor girlfriend uses them together, it is going to look like he beat her up.)

Customer: “So, could you wrap this for me?”

Me: “Well, I would, but we don’t have any tape, and seeing as I’m a woman I couldn’t possibly know where one would go to buy tape.”

(The customer gave an angry grunt, paid, and left without a word. I wish I could have seen the look on his girlfriend’s face when she saw the colors.)


Got No Tat For Tit

| MN, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Health & Body

(It’s a slow day at the retail store where I work and I have no one in line at my cash register. One of my managers walks over to my till.)

Manager: “Turn your light off. I need to talk to you for a moment.”

(I turn my light off, a little nervous.)

Me: “Am I in trouble or something?”

Manager: “Okay, well, no, not really, but I kinda have to talk to you anyway because it’s policy.”

Me: “Okay?”

Manager: “We had a customer complain to us about your shirt.”

(The shirt I’m wearing is within our uniform regulations. It’s a v-neck that doesn’t show any cleavage, although it is flattering to my figure.)

Me: “Why?”

Manager: “Well, he said that your shirt was too low-cut and it was inappropriate and that, when you leaned over, he could see your tattoo down your shirt…”

(I stare at my manager for several long seconds, dumbfounded.)

Me: “[Manager], I don’t have tattoos ANYWHERE.”

Manager: *laughs* “Y’see, I didn’t think you would!”

(Satisfied that she has followed through on our policy, my manager leaves it at that. Almost a year later, I’m wearing the same shirt and am about to open one of the registers. Our registers are set up in lines where the cashier is facing their customers on the opposite side of the belt, but behind them is where the line for the next register is. I start to reorganize the register because it’s messy when a man in the line behind me mumbles something.)

Customer: “…your shirt.”

(Thinking it was something nice, I politely smile to the customer.)

Customer: “You look like a whore!”

(My face falls flat when all of a sudden it hits me — this is the same man who complained about my shirt before. Without opening my till, I walk to a manager and explain what happened. After my manager goes to confront the customer and finds he’s already left, my manager comes back to me.)

Manager: “Sorry about that. That guy’s been saying stuff about the female cashiers for several months now, regardless of what they’re wearing. We try to kick him out when we find him.”


The Long And The Short (Hair) Of It

| MN, USA | Family & Kids

(I’m a cashier and currently helping a mother. Her son appears to be about five years old. I have a pixie haircut, but I also have an obviously feminine face and body.)

Son: *very seriously* “Are you a boy?”

(I almost dissolve into laughter.)

Me: “No, I’m a girl. I just have very, very short hair.”

(He seems to consider this for a moment.)

Son: “Okay.” *nods very seriously*

Mom: *clearly worried I’m embarrassed or offended* “I’m sorry about that.”

Me: “No, no, it’s perfectly fine! He was very serious about the question and I can definitely say no one’s ever asked me that before; it was hilarious!”


Not Very Closed Minded, Part 20

| Minneapolis, MN, USA | Time

(The store has been closed for nearly fifteen minutes and I am doing the final money counts for the night. I see a customer walk over by the door. He looks at our open sign, which is off. Then he looks at our door, which has our hours posted on it and checks his watch. After that, he reaches for the door and tries to open it, only to find that it’s locked. He then spies me at the register, watching him.)

Customer: *yells* “ARE YOU OPEN?!”

(I shake my head ‘no.’)

Customer: *still yelling* “ARE YOU SURE?!”

(I nod my head ‘yes.’ He then leaves and I turn to my coworker, who has come up front after hearing the shouting.)

Me: “Apparently the open sign being off, the time clearly being past close, and the fact that the door is locked weren’t quite enough to clue him in to the fact that we’re closed. He just had to be positive we were closed.”

Coworker: “Yeah, but are you SURE we’re closed?”

Not Very Closed Minded, Part 19
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 18
Not Very Closed Minded, Part 17

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