Sadly, This Conversation Is As Common As An Old Shoe

, , , | Right | May 20, 2020

Me: “Can I help you find something?”

Customer: “I’m looking for shoes for my child. He’s nine years old.”

Me: “Do you know what size he is?”

Customer: “No. What size should I get?”

Me: “There is no average, since children all grow at different rates. Have you brought your child with you? We could measure his feet.”

Customer: “No.”

Me: “…”

Customer: “So, what size shoes should I get?”

This conversation happens almost every day.

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Unfiltered Story #191927

, , | Unfiltered | April 14, 2020

(I work at my father’s shoe store. A woman walks up to the counter.)

Me: “Hello ma’am, and welcome to [Shoe Store]! What can I do for you today?

Customer: “I would like to buy some shoes.”

(The whole process goes normally, with her trying on shoes and selecting a pair, until this happens at the register…)

Customer: “Oh, and I’m the owner’s sister, so I get these for free.” *gestures at the shoebox*

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry ma’am, but I don’t think you’re related to the owner.”

Customer: “What do you know you upstart little b****? I bet you don’t even know the owner, and you’re just some f***ing lowlife teen who doesn’t know anything about retail. Don’t insult me like that!”

(She goes off on a long profanity filled string, cursing me out for not knowing who she was, and how the owner would be so disappointed to hear about his sister being treated this way. Finally she stops.)


Me: “Well, to be honest ma’am, I thought I only had uncles!”

(The woman goes bright red and dashes out of the store, leaving her shoes behind. She hasn’t been back!)

Shoe, Weird Sale! Shoe!

, , , , | Working | April 7, 2020

(I need to buy a new pair of shoes for work. I find a pair that looks suitable. There are discount stickers on the shelves above and below the shelf that my size is on, so I make sure that the shoes are the same style before heading to pay.)

Cashier: “That will be [full price], please.”

Me: “I thought these were on sale.”

Cashier: “I’ll call someone to check.”

(Another associate checks and comes back to say the price was right.)

Me: “Wait a minute. The identical shoes in size seven and above size nine are discounted.”

Associate: “Yes, that’s right.”

Me: “But size eight are full price?”

Associate: “Yep.”

(The associate says that as if that’s a completely normal thing. I have never heard of that before.)

Cashier: “So, that will be [price]; how do you want to pay?”

Me: “I don’t. Keep them.”

(The teenage associate rolled her eyes when the shoes were handed to her to take back.)

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Unfiltered Story #186962

, , | Unfiltered | February 21, 2020

I work at a very popular nationwide shoe store known for it’s low prices. Today we are slammed, and I’m busy on the floor checking up with customers. I notice a woman at the end of an aisle looking for a particular style.

Customer: Hi, I was wondering if you have this in a [size]?
Me: Sure thing. Let me run it up to the front and check!
(I get caught up conversing with another customer near the register. I continue and find that we don’t have the shoe in the size the original customer wants, and as I print out a list of nearby stores that do have what she’s looking for, everything falls dead silent as the sound of fifteen shoeboxes falling off the topstock of the shelves hit the very filled and busy aisles. I run back over and find the original customer standing on one of our benches with a box in her hand, and a radius of busted open boxes and shoes laying on the ground.)
Customer: Don’t worry, I found it! You should have everything on the shelves so people don’t have to do this!
(We have a special pole to get boxes off topstock, and no, it wasn’t the shoe she was looking for.)

Unfiltered Story #182257

, , | Unfiltered | January 12, 2020

I’m shopping and trying on some new work shoes when an old lady approaches me. I’m dressed in a heavy down jacket and carrying around a purse.

Lady: Excuse me, do you know the [brand name] boots? Do you know where they are?

Me: Uh, sorry I don’t work here so I’m not sure.

Lady: Could you please show me where they are?

Me: Um, sorry I don’t know where they are?

Lady: (getting impatient) Could you please show me where they are?

(Right then, a sales person asks her if she needed help and got her to the boots. Thank you kind salesperson!)