Open Your Throat

, , , | Right | November 17, 2017

(I’m a 16-year-old girl working the closing shift at my restaurant, and it’s about half an hour to closing. We’re pretty much done and I’m walking back from the front of the store when I see a large man standing outside in the dark. While I’m watching, he points at me, and then makes a threatening motion over his throat with the same finger. Terrified, I shrug at him, hurry to the back room, and start to tell my coworker, when the bell rings.)

Coworker: “[My Name], can you get that?”

Me: *still scared* “Sure.”

(I go out and it’s the man from outside. At this point, I’m scared that I’m actually in danger, and trying to get my coworker’s attention just in case something happens, when the customer speaks up with a heavy accent.)

Customer: “You are open?”

Me: “Yes, what can I get for you?”

Customer: *smiling and doing the throat-cutting motion again* “When I do this, it means, ‘Are you still open?’”

(I don’t know where he was from where that would mean that! He’s since become a late night regular, but I still get a little anxious every time he comes in.)

Unfiltered Story #94381

, , | Unfiltered | September 21, 2017

(I’m at a popular sandwich shop, eating my lunch when I overhear this exchange after a man has filled up his own soda bottle partway with some fountain soda.)

Employee: (politely) Hey, man, I just need to let you know that its not cool to do that.
Customer: Its just a this much (motions to show that he’s only filled the bottle partway)
Employee: Yeah, it doesn’t really matter. You just did that right in front of me and I have to let you know that its not ok.
Customer: Whatever, its not a big deal.
Employee: I can’t let you just do that right in front of me.
Customer: Next time I’ll fill it up all the way.
Employee: Seriously? That’s stealing.
Customer: (on his way out the door) F*** you.
Employee: Yeah, you too man.

(Several people in the store told the guy they were on his side, that he was definitely right to say something, and to forget that customer.)

Up Super Late And Super High

, , , , , | Right | September 12, 2017

(I work at a sandwich shop that specializes in deliveries, in a prominent college town. We receive a phone call around 2:30 am. This is what ensues:)

Me: “Thank you for choosing [Sandwich Shop]. How can I help you?”

Caller: “Uhhh. Hey.”

Me: “Hey.”

Caller: “What time do you guys close?”

Me: “We stop taking orders at three am.”

Caller: “Oh, word.”


Me: “So, what can I get you?”

Caller: “Oh, nothing. I just wanted to see what was up. I might call you guys tomorrow or something.”

Me: “Are you sure?”

Caller: “Yeah. I’m about to go to bed. I’m super tired. Goodnight.”

Me: “Uh, cool man. Sleep well.”

Caller: “Thanks, man, you too.”

(We all had a good laugh.)

Sub-Standard Customers

| QLD, Australia | Right | August 1, 2017

(I have been working here for the last three years to pay for my science degree. I am the longest serving employee at the store, and the fastest server. The job pays reasonably well and all staff are expected to adhere to a high standard of appearance. The store I work in is located in a complex containing three other food outlets, just off a major national highway. It is not uncommon for families to come in and have members order from each of the different food outlets. A couple with three young children comes in around 5:30 pm. The mother comes to the counter while the father stays back with the kids. People usually do this when only one in the party is ordering.)

Me: “Hi there. What can I get for you today?”

Mother: “I’d like a foot-long white.”

Me: “Sure, what would you like on it?”

(We’ve had a busy afternoon and this is the last white foot-long I currently have cooked. Twenty more are in the oven.)

Mother: “Chicken and bacon.”

Me: “Would you like the sub toasted?”

Mother: *stares at me*

Me: “Sorry, would you like this sub toasted today?”

Mother: “Of course!”

Me: “And which cheese would you like?”

Mother: *huffily* “Whichever.”

(I put the sub into the toaster.)

Me: “Was it just that one sub today?”

Mother: *quite rudely* “YES.”

Me: “Okay, what salads would you like?”

Mother: “Yes.”

Me: “So all the salads?”

Mother: “NO. Just lettuce and tomato, jeez.”

Me: “Any sauce or salt & pepper on it today?”

Mother: “NO.”

(I take the sub out of the toaster, put on the salads and go to close it when she interrupts me.)

Mother: “I wanted ranch dressing!”

Me: “Sure.” *puts the sauce on the sub, go to close it again*

Mother: “And salt and pepper!”

(Puts on salt and pepper, closes sub, cuts it, wraps it and takes it to the till.)

Me: “That’ll be $10.95.”


(Fortunately there is no one else in the store so I go to the other end of the bench to make the next sub.)

Me: “Okay, sure. What bread did you want it on?”

Mother: “White.”

Me: “Sorry, but your other sub was my last white bread, the next plainest bread we have is wheat.”


Me: “Okay, your total is $10.95. Would you like a receipt?”

Mother: “Yes, you’re disgusting. I’m going to report you, you dumb b****!”

Me: “All right, have a nice evening.”

(They leave and I go out the back to my coworker who has heard the whole interaction.)

Me: “You’ll back me up when the complaint comes through?”

Coworker: “H***, yes. What a b****!”

(Later in the week, my boss sent an email to all staff regarding a complaint against our store which was registered at head office. I owned up straight away to being the server responsible. My boss forwarded me the official complaint and we had a good laugh over the customer’s poor spelling, grammar, and exaggerated retelling of the event. She even rated the cleanliness of the store 0 out of 10 because of “staff appearance”! I didn’t get in trouble; my boss actually gave me a gift card!)

I Am The Night… Shift Worker

| The Netherlands | Working | July 27, 2017

(There’s a new manager at the sandwich place where I work, who is also responsible for the timetables. He’s also a sucker for rules and an ass-kisser to his boss, so he is not particularly liked by the floor staff, as he always demands unrealistic new rules and recipes. Because of a loophole regarding my contract, he manages to schedule me for twelve night-shifts in three weeks. I decide to make the best of it, as I need the money. However, once I arrive at my first shift, I am surprised to see said manager waiting for me.)

Manager: “Hi, [My Name], [Coworker] called in sick so I’m filling in for her. You’ve got most experience with night-shifts, so I’ll just follow you. What’s your plan?”

(I’m suspicious and not happy to be thrust into the role of leader without any warning, but decide to give him the benefit of the doubt.)

Me: “Okay, so we have a lot of preparations to do for the morning, some sandwich toppings we need to prepare, we have to prep the dough and juice-bar, and serve any customer that comes in. I want to finish all toppings before our 2 am break, as well as the dough—”

Manager: *interrupting* “No, no, no. We can’t do the dough before the break. It will rise too much and the morning will have no use for it. Let’s do that after the break.”

Me: “After the break, we need to be ready to start the shift. We won’t have time to make the dough then and it will not be ready in time for the morning.”

(He insists we do it his way and I let it slide, hoping it’d be the only issue. Later…)

Me: “[Manager], could you go get ice for the sandwich bar and juice bar? We need to get that done before two.”

Manager: “No, if we do it now, the ice will melt too soon and the morning won’t have enough ice. Let’s do it after the break.”

Me: “Both dough and ice are major tasks, [Manager]. if we do both after the break, we either won’t get it done or we won’t be able to help any customers.”

Manager: “Yeah, yeah. I’m not going to get ice now. I’ll do it later.”

(Since I’m the only one on till, I can’t leave. This goes on all night. Whenever I suggest a task, he argues with me until I give in. He is extremely slow, leaving me not only to pick up after him, but also to help any customer who comes in and check if he did his tasks correctly. We end up staying more than an hour late, even though I have three more nights coming up. The kicker? When I came in to work next night…)

Manager: *yawns* “Wow, I’m really spent. I had no idea night shifts had this much effect on you. Good thing this is my last one.”

(It took a lot not to start shouting at him. Thankfully, I haven’t had any night-shifts with him again.)

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